Jan. 17, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan women's gymnastics senior Kylee Botterman (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) earned her second consecutive Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor of 2011 after winning four individual titles, equaling the nation's highest all-around score of the season and helping Michigan defeat No. 21 Illinois and Penn State on Friday (Jan. 14).
Against two Big Ten rivals, Botterman was near perfect on vault (9.975), took the balance beam title (9.875), won the floor exercise (9.875) and secured the all-around (39.550) crown while taking third place on the uneven bars (9.825). Her all-around matched the highest total posted in 2011 and Botterman's season average is tops in the nation at 39.475.
Her 9.975 vault last week is the best in the nation through two weeks of competition and her vault average is tied for second among NCAA gymnasts. Botterman ranks in the top 20 in all four events this year, coming in at No. 6 on balance beam, No. 13 on floor exercise and No. 20 on the uneven bars.
Botterman becomes the first Michigan gymnast since 2008 to repeat as Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. Former Wolverine Lindsey Bruck (2004-08) earned back-to-back Big Ten laurels on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 in 2008, finishing her career with nine Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors and matching Wolverine great Elise Ray's (2001-05) career haul. Botterman has four Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors on her resume, tied for sixth on Michigan's all-time list.
Michigan continues its Big Ten battle, hitting the road to face No. 17 Iowa on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 5 p.m. CST.
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