Weekly #4: Michigan Hits the Road for Tri-Meet in Ames

Jan. 26, 2010


Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. CST -- vs. No. 14 Iowa State with BYU (Ames, Iowa)
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The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (3-1, 2-0 Big Ten) hits the road for the second weekend in a row, traveling to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 14 Iowa State and BYU in a tri-meet on Friday (Jan. 29) at 7 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State is enjoying its highest national ranking since 2007, while BYU is still looking for its first win of the season, listing 31st in the GymInfo poll.

The meet will be a homecoming for senior Kelsey Knutson, who grew up in Ames, attended Ames High School and competed for Cardinal Gymnastics based out of -- you guessed it -- Ames. Knutson was one of the most heavily decorated gymnasts to come out of Iowa, earning Iowa State Gymnast of the Year honors three times and finishing her club career with multiple state titles.


Beilstein Two-for-Two with Big Ten Freshman Awards
Newcomer Natalie Beilstein picked up her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel (Jan. 25) to go with the Conference's inaugural Big Ten Freshman of the Week award (Jan. 11), giving her two weekly honors in three weeks. Beilstein did not compete in week two of the season when the Wolverines took the week off from competition.

Natalie's Perfect Streak Comes to an End
Freshman Natalie Beilstein had a streak of four straight title wins snapped at Nebraska (Jan. 24). She had picked up the vault and floor crowns at the Michigan Tri (Jan. 9) and vault and floor titles vs. Michigan State (Jan. 20) to open her collegiate career.

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In the fifth episode of The All-Around, junior Kylee Botterman breaks down the first three meets, talks about how teammate Natalie Beilstein has impacted her gymnastics and lets us all know what the Botterman sisters have been up to. Listen here. [ Full Episode ]

Tops in the Big Ten
Since week one of the season, Michigan has been the top-ranked program in the Big Ten. Every Big Ten program has been ranked for at least one week this year.

Three Days Shy of Three Years
Michigan has not lost to a Big Ten school since February 16, 2007. When Michigan faces Minnesota on Feb. 13, it will be three days short of three years since U-M has taken an "L" against a conference squad. U-M has picked up 30 straight Big Ten wins over that span.

Undefeated on the Big Ten Network
Michigan has never lost when appearing on the Big Ten Network. The Wolverines have competed on the BTN 10 times in program history. U-M is a perfect 20-0 in those meets, including title wins at the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championships.

Valentine's Day Comes Early This Year
The Wolverines will not be back in Ann Arbor for a competition until the day before Valentine's Day, competing in three straight away meets. Michigan returns to Crisler Arena on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. to take on Big Ten foe Minnesota.

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