Feb. 9, 2010
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MICHIGAN RESUMES BIG TEN SCHEDULE WITH GOPHER TILT
Saturday, Feb. 13 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Arena), 6 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (7-1, 2-0 Big Ten) returns from a three-week road trip and resumes the Big Ten schedule facing Minnesota (4-5, 1-3 Big Ten) in a dual-meet showdown on Saturday (Feb. 13) at 6 p.m. inside Crisler Arena.
Freshman Natalie Beilstein has proved herself the best freshman in the conference so far, winning four Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels in four weeks of competition and ranking in the top 20 in the nation on three events. Junior Kylee Botterman has a team-best 11 individual titles this season and is coming off a career-high 39.550 in the all-around at West Virginia last weekend. Senior co-captain Kelsey Knutson is tied for 18th in the nation on beam, while senior Sarah Curtis is tied for 19th in the nation on bars.
Promotions: The first 500 fans to Crisler Arena will receive a free Michigan Go Blue t-shirt. All elementary school students can also get in free with this coupon. As always, prizes and giveaways will be available all meet long and select gymnasts will be available for autographs following the meet.
Maureen Moody in M Magazine: 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
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.
Beilstein Four-for-Four for Big Ten Awards
Newcomer Natalie Beilstein picked up her third straight and fourth overall Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel (Feb. 8). Beilstein scored a career-best 9.900 to win the vault title last week at West Virginia (Feb. 5), taking runner-up on beam and floor. Her 9.850 on beam was also a career high.
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 live 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 seventh episode of The All-Around, Ann Arbor native and junior Kari Pearce talks about battling injuries, home cooking and the very best thing about Ann Arbor. [ Listen to the Full Episode ]
Botterman is the Big Ten's Best All-Arounder
Junior Kylee Botterman is the best all-arounder in the Big Ten this season, posting a season average of 39.215 and winning four all-around titles in five meets.
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.
Get Your Season Tickets TODAY
Season tickets to Michigan women's gymnastics are available through the U-M ticket office for affordable prices. Catch top-flight gymnastics talent all season long with visiting schools like five-time defending national champion Georgia (March 12), perennial powerhouse Utah (Feb. 19) and 2006 Big Ten champion Minnesota (Feb. 13).
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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Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423