Feb. 14, 2011
The eighth-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (10-2, 4-1 Big Ten) begins a killer stretch of competition with a visit to Salt Lake City to take on No. 3 Utah (5-1) on Friday (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m. MST inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah is hosting its fifth-annual Short People Appreciation night where any fan who is the same height or shorter than the 5-foot gymnastics cutouts at the entrances gets in free (in the upper bowl).
Utah has one of the strongest fan bases in the nation, averaging 12,871 fans this season. The Utes scored a season-high 196.975 last week against No. 13 Washington and have not counted a fall all season long.
Utah leads the overall series with Michigan 21-11, but Michigan took the last meeting between the two schools with a win in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are 2-9 against Utah in Salt Lake City.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
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The Kylee Botterman Corner
Senior Kylee Botterman hit the headlines once again this week, posting the first 10.0 score for an NCAA gymnast this season. Botterman scored a 10.0 on vault, giving her two 10.0 scores in her career -- both on vault. She also posted a 39.625 all-around score -- the second-highest of the NCAA season. Here is what else Kylee has been up to this season:
- Kylee earned her fifth Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor, matching the single-season conference record. Already holding the single-season Michigan record for most weekly awards in a season, Kylee's seven Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors are two shy of equaling the Wolverine record shared by Lindsey Bruck (2004-08) and Elise Ray (2001-05).
- Kylee has captured 16 individual titles this season (out of a possible 30) -- winning the all-around crown in all six meets this year.
- Kylee has earned her way onto the podium (placing first, second or third) on 29 of 30 events this season. Her only finish out of the top three was a fourth-place showing on balance beam (9.800) at Iowa.
- Kylee ranks nationally among the top seven gymnasts on all four events and the all-around (second in the all-around, fourth on vault, sixth on uneven bars, seventh on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise).
Trish Wilson is BACK
Senior Trish Wilson made her much anticipated return to Crisler Arena, competing in front of the home crowd for the first time in two seasons. Trish performed the final bars set of Michigan's rotation against Stanford and Nebraska, working clean and sticking her landing for a 9.925 - tying her career high and winning the event title. Listen to what Trish had to say following the meet or read about her road to recovery in M Magazine and learn why she wanted to come back for one more season.
Botterman, Beilstein and Sexton Among the NCAAs 11 Best
Senior Kylee Botterman is among the top seven gymnasts in the nation in all four events and in the all-around competition six weeks into the season, while fifth-year senior teammate Jordan Sexton and sophomore Natalie Beilstein are among the nation's top 12 on single events.
- Kylee Botterman
- Fourth on vault (9.908)
- Sixth on bars (9.867)
- Seventh on beam (9.850)
- Seventh on floor (9.879)
- Second in the all-around (39.504).
- Jordan Sexton
- 12th on bars (9.854)
- Natalie Beilstein
- 12th on vault (9.875)
Next week, 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.
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.
Just Two Home Meet Left - 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 top-5 opponents Oklahoma on Feb. 26 and Alabama on 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, freshman Reema Zakharia sat down to talk about Mock Rock and her first week of gymnastics. Download it and get to know one of Michigan's seven sensational freshmen.
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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