Natalie Beilstein, Beverly Plocki
Feb. 2, 2010
MICHIGAN WRAPS THREE-WEEK ROAD TRIP IN MORGANTOWN
Friday, Feb. 5 -- vs. West Virginia with William & Mary (Morgantown, W.Va.), 7 p.m. (time change due to weather)
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The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) wraps up a three-week road trip with a stop in Morgantown, W.Va., for a tri meet on Friday (Feb. 5) at 8 p.m. with William & Mary (1-6, 1-3 ECAC) and the host West Virginia Mountaineers (9-2, 5-0 EAGL). Michigan head coach Bev Plocki lettered three seasons with the Mountaineers back in her collegiate days, serving as team captain her senior year for current Mountaineer head coach Linda Burdette-Good.
Freshman Natalie Beilstein and junior Kylee Botterman are on a hot streak for the Wolverines. Beilstein has captured two straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after putting up dominating scores on vault and floor, while Botterman has won three of four all-around awards this year, winning eight individual titles overall. Senior co-captains Kelsey Knutson and Jordan Sexton are also coming off balance beam titles earned at Iowa State last week.
Hot off the presses: Read the touching story of Maureen Moody and her father in "One Final Season" available in the latest issue of "M" Magazine. The feature is about the relationship between a father and daughter and the special bond they shared through gymnastics. [ Read it today ]
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Beilstein Batting Three-for-Three with Big Ten Freshman Awards
Newcomer Natalie Beilstein picked up her second straight and third overall Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel (Feb. 1). Beilstein scored a career-best 9.900 to win the floor exercise last week at Iowa State (Jan. 29), taking runner-up on vault and placing third on beam in her first collegiate routine.
Botterman and Curtis Are All-World All-Arounders
Senior Sarah Curtis and junior Kylee Botterman have competed in the all-around in each event this season, serving as the glue for Michigan's 5-1 start. Either Curtis or Botterman have won the all-around title in each meet this year, with Botterman taking three crowns and Curtis one. Curtis has earned top-five individual finishes 17 times this season, while Botterman has placed in the top five 16 times.
Bev Plocki a Regular on the Michigan Insider on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA
Head coach Bev Plocki makes regular appearances every Friday morning at 8:40 a.m. on the Michigan Insider with Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA. Listen on your radio, online or check out the podcast later in the day.
The All-Around: The Official Podcast of Michigan Women's Gymnastics
"The All-Around" is live in the All-Access Player on MGoBlue.com and in the MGoBlue.com Podcast Center for download to your iPod or MP3 player. The All-Around is a fast-paced interview with U-M coaches and athletes covering life on and off the competition floor. Check back every Tuesday for a new episode.
In the sixth episode of The All-Around, senior tri-captain Jordan Sexton stops by to talk about her balance beam win at Iowa State, how the team handles grueling road trips and she tells the most embarrassing story of her waitressing career. 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. Each Big Ten program has been ranked for at least one week this season with five of the seven programs among the top 25 this week.
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 at Crisler Arena, 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.
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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. [ Check it out today! ]
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