Jan. 24, 2011
The eighth-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (5-1, 4-1 Big Ten) hosts the largest home meet of the year, welcoming No. 11 Kent State, Maryland and Illinois-Chicago to Crisler Arena on Saturday (Jan. 29) at 6 p.m. Kent State is having an historic year, earning the program's highest ranking in program history. Maryland is 4-1 on the season with its only loss coming to Kent State in the first week of the season, while Illinois-Chicago is 2-3.
Michigan is 9-6 all-time against Kent State, but the programs have only competed twice since 1988, with U-M winning both meetings. The Wolverines are 6-1 all-time against Maryland with Michigan's only loss coming in 1983, while the Wolverines are a perfect 5-0 all-time against Illinois-Chicago.
MAIZE N' BLUAU: The first 500 fans to Crisler Arena receive a free Maize N' Blue lei! Dress in your best Hawaiian beach outfit and win prizes for best outfits.
GIRL SCOUT CHALLENGE: All Girl Scouts and their family members are welcome to attend the meet for a discounted group rate. Just report your troop number and then cheer on the Wolverines!
YMCA NIGHT: Active members of the YMCA are invited to cheer on the Wolverines for FREE! Vouchers are available for pick-up at the YMCA in Ann Arbor.
GIVEAWAYS AND PRIZES! Free trading cards all night, t-shirt tosses, Hungry Howie's pizza deliveries and post-meet autographs by gymnasts.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Botterman Wins Two Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Honors
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 on 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.
Leaders of the Pack
Senior Kylee Bottermanis among the top 20 gymnasts in the nation in three events and in the all-around competition through four meets. She holds the nation's second-best all-around average (39.433), the nation's second-best vault average (9.925), 14th on the uneven bars (9.833), 13th on balance beam (9.833) and the 20th-ranked floor average (9.842). Fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton has the nation's 14th-best balance beam average (9.833).
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 vs. Alabama on the Big Ten Network
Michigan and Alabama will clash on national TV on the Big Ten Network on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. from Crisler Arena. The meet will air on the network on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.
Get Your Season Tickets TODAY!
Season tickets to Michigan women's gymnastics are available through the U-M ticket office at affordable prices. Catch top-flight gymnastics all season long with visiting national powers Nebraska (Feb. 13), Stanford (Feb. 13), Oklahoma (Feb. 26) and Alabama (March 4) paying a visit to Crisler, plus this week's quad showdown with No. 11 Kent State, Maryland and Illinois-Chicago. Just $20 for adults and $10 for kids for an entire season of gymnastics! Go to MGoBlue.com/tickets or call 734-764-0247 and get your tickets today!
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, fifth-year senior Sarah Curtis discussed her four-plus year career, how she tackles the long season and what she'll miss most about gymnastics and Ann Arbor when her career is over. Fellow fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton is due up on the podcast this Thursday. Download it to find out what we'll talk about this time!
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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Michigan Women's Gymnastics and foursquare
Michigan has teamed up with foursquare to give you another way to get involved with Wolverine athletics and the Michigan women's gymnastics team. Here's how to start:
- On your smartphone, go to foursquare.com to find the foursquare application for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
- Install the program and create a user account to get started.
- Add "MichiganGoBlue" as a friend (go to the "Me" tab, then click "Friends" and select "Add Friends") to find tips and special offers for Michigan athletics.
- Earn a FREE PACKAGE of Silly Bandz for checking in to each meet. Go to the marketing table at section E to claim your prize.
Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423