Jan. 18, 2011
The seventh-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (5-0, 4-0 Big Ten) faces its fifth Big Ten program in the last three weeks when the squad hits the road to take on No. 17 Iowa (2-2, 1-2 Big Ten) on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 5 p.m. CST at the UI Field House in Iowa City, Iowa. The meet will not take place in the Hawkeyes' usual venue, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, due to renovations. The meet is Michigan's first outside the state of Michigan in 2011 and Iowa is U-M's highest-ranked opponent so far. The meet is also Iowa's home opener.
Iowa was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches poll this season. The Hawkeyes spent just one week in the top 25 in 2010 but hit their stride late, posting a season-high score at the Big Ten Championships to take third place -- their best showing in six years.
Michigan bested Iowa at the MSU Quad on Jan. 7 in the first week of the 2011 season to give the Wolverines 10 wins in a row over the Hawkeyes. Iowa has not finished ahead of Michigan in six years, dating back to the 2004 Big Ten Championships.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Michigan Debuts No. 7 in the Polls
The Wolverines slipped to No. 7 in the GymInfo poll after stumbling in week two of the season. Michigan remains the Big Ten's top-ranked school, ahead of No. 14 Minnesota, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 17 Iowa and No. 22 Illinois. Only Penn State (listed 28th) and Michigan State (listed 41st) are unranked in the conference.
Botterman Repeats as Big Ten Gymnast of the Week
Senior Kylee Botterman earned her second consecutive Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award after winning four individual events against No. 21 Illinois and Penn State (Jan. 14) and posting the nation's highest vault (9.975) and all-around (39.550) scores. Botterman's two weekly honors in 2011 give her four in her career -- sixth on Michigan's all-time list.
Leader of the Pack
Senior Kylee Botterman is among the top 20 gymnasts in the nation on all four events and in the all-around competition through two meets. She holds the nation's top all-around average (39.475), the nation's second-best vault average (9.925), sixth-best on beam (9.850), 13th-highest on floor (9.863) and the 20th-ranked bars average (9.838). Botterman has already captured seven individual titles in 2011.
Bev Plocki's 550th Career Victory
Head coach Bev Plocki earned her 550th career victory last week against Illinois and Penn State. She is third on U-M's list of active coaches with the most career wins, trailing hockey coach Red Berenson and softball coach Carol Hutchins. In 21 seasons at the helm, Plocki has 18 20-win seasons, seven 30-win seasons and back-to-back 36-win seasons in 1994 and 1995 -- her best showing with the Wolverines.
Michigan largest signing class in 20 years has been contributing on all four events through the first two weeks of the season. Freshman Shelby Gies debuted a 9.825 bars routine in the first meet of the year, while freshman Stephanie Colbert rocked a 9.900 on vault last week and freshman Reema Zakharia debuted with a 9.775 on beam against Illinois and Penn State (Jan. 14). Freshman Joanna Sampson has also competed on vault in both meets this year while performing on floor exercise last week.
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The All-Around: The Official Podcast of Michigan Women's Gymnastics
The official podcast of the Michigan women's gymnastics team "The All-Around" is in its second season and it's better than ever! Listen to it in the All-Access player on MGoBlue.com and in the MGoBlue.com Podcast Center for download it to your iPod or MP3 player. Check back every Thursday for a new episode.
Last week, senior Kari Pearcetalked about her first meet of the year, competing on bars for the first time as a Wolverine and some of the things she'll miss when she graduates this year. Who will be on the podcast this week? Find out on Thursday!
The Michigan Women's Gymnastics Yearbook is Online
Check out the brand new Michigan women's gymnastics yearbook. The fully interactive online publication features the athletes and coaches, Crisler Arena, the Donald R. Shepherd Gymnastics Training Facility and covers the storied history of Michigan women's gymnastics.
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