Feb. 7, 2011
The eighth-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (9-1, 4-1 Big Ten) enters the second half of the regular season with a top-10 matinee with No. 9 Nebraska and No. 2 Stanford on Sunday (Feb. 13) at 1 p.m. in Crisler Arena. The showdown features three of the top 10 teams in the country as well five of the 10 best all-arounders and floor exercise performers, four of the best balance beam athletes, three of the best uneven bars competitors and two of the top 10 vaulters in the NCAA.
Second-ranked Stanford is 9-0 on the season and competes on Friday (Feb. 11) at the Chicago Style against UCLA and Oregon State before heading to Ann Arbor. The Cardinal scored a season-high 196.975 on Feb. 5 against San Jose State. Ninth-ranked Nebraska is 4-4 on the season with its only losses coming to top-10 opponents like No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Utah, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 7 Utah. Nebraska posted a season-best 196.300 last week in a loss to Oklahoma. The Huskers will join the Big Ten Conference next season.
The Wolverines are undefeated at home this year with a perfect 5-0 mark. Michigan has not suffered a loss at home since March 22, 2008, when the Wolverines fell to No. 3 Utah.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Elementary School Night: EIGHTH GRADE AND YOUNGER RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION
All kids eighth grade and younger will receive free admission by printing off the following brochure: FREE ADMISSION.
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Here is your chance to be on a Michigan women's gymnastics poster for the Oklahoma meet on Feb. 26! Email us your fan photos from any of the meets at Crisler Arena this season -- send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will choose the best ones and feature them on the poster. Show your fan spirit today!
Botterman Wins her Fourth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Honors
Senior Kylee Botterman picked up her fourth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award tying her with former Wolverine great Lindsey Bruck (2004-08) for the most weekly awards in a single season. Bruck earned four Big Ten Gymnast of the Week awards as a sophomore during the 2006 season. Bruck and former Wolverine Elise Ray (2001-05) share the program record for the most Big Ten weekly awards in a career at nine (Kylee has six).
Botterman, Beilstein and Sexton Among the NCAAs 11 Best
Senior Kylee Botterman is among the top eight gymnasts in the nation in all four events and in the all-around competition at the halfway point of the season, while fifth-year senior teammate Jordan Sexton, sophomore Natalie Beilstein and freshman Reema Zakharia are among the nation's top 11 on single events.
Botterman lists fourth on vault (9.890), eighth on bars (9.860), fourth on beam (9.855) and seventh on floor (9.875) while checking in at third in the all-around (39.490).
Zakharia is seventh on floor (9.875), Sexton is 10th on bars (9.855) and Beilstein is 11th on vault (9.875) through the midway point of the regular season.
In two weeks, the national rankings will shift from season average to regional qualifying scores (RQS), which take into account home and away scores as well as statistical outliers.
Botterman is the Mayor of Title Town
We are halfway through the season and senior Kylee Botterman has already captured 16 individual titles out of a possible 30 this season and has placed among the top three in 24 of 25 events, despite competing in a pair of quad meets and one triangle meet. She has won the all-around title in all five meets this year, claimed four victories on beam, three wins each on vault and floor and one win on bars. Botterman's career haul is a whopping 65 titles. That is a very large trophy case.
If You Think We're Good Now...
At the midway point of the year, Michigan is in a solid position to push for a strong NCAA Regional seed but two key ingredients will be added to the lineup to make the Wolverines even more formidable. All-America sophomore Brittnee Martinez has been sidelined all season but should return to the lineup this week against Nebraska and Stanford, while former NCAA regional uneven bars champion Trish Wilson competed for the first time in two seasons last week against New Hampshire and should be ready to compete weekly starting this Sunday.
Speaking of Trish Wilson ...
Check out a feature on senior captain Trish Wilson and her decision to return to college gymnastics following her fourth major knee surgery. The big question is "WHY"? Find out by reading the feature in M Magazine.
Bev Plocki's March to Win #575
Head coach Bev Plocki earned her 550th career victory against Illinois and Penn State on Jan. 14 and could reach win No. 575 if the Wolverines make a run at the Super Six. Plocki is third on U-M's list of active coaches with the most career wins with 554 victories, trailing hockey coach Red Berenson and softball coach Carol Hutchins. In her 22nd season at the helm, Plocki has 18 20-win campaigns, 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 Tickets TODAY!
Tickets to all Michigan women's gymnastics meets are available through the U-M ticket office for just $5 for adults and $3 for kids. 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. Go to MGoBlue.com/tickets or call 734-764-0247 and see what all the fun is about!
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 is better than ever! Listen to it in the All-Access player on MGoBlue.com and in the MGoBlue.com Podcast Center for download to your iPod or MP3 player. Check back every Thursday for a new episode.
Last week, senior captain Kylee Botterman talked about her sensational season, told us what she does with all the Gymnast of the Week certificates and broke the news about her engagement . We'll have our first freshman of the year on the all-around, Reema Zakharia, due up on the podcast this Thursday. Download it to hear what we'll be asking in The All-Around!
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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Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423