Weekly #7: Michigan Collides With No. 5 Utah in Crisler Dual
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Feb. 16, 2010

MICHIGAN COLLIDES WITH UTAH IN CRISLER DUAL
Friday, Feb. 19 -- vs. No. 5 Utah (Crisler Arena), 7:30 p.m.
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Free admission for Elementary School students [ Print Coupon ]

The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) faces its toughest test of the season, hosting No. 5 Utah (5-1) on Friday (Feb. 19) at 7:30 p.m. in Crisler Arena. A perennial powerhouse in NCAA gymnastics, Utah brings the nation's fourth-best balance beam team and the fifth-best floor exercise lineup to Ann Arbor to try and break the Wolverines' eight-meet home win streak.

Freshman Natalie Beilstein has proved herself the best freshman in the conference so far, winning four Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurels in five weeks of competition and ranking in the top 25 in the nation on vault and floor. Junior Kylee Botterman has a team-best 12 individual titles this season and is the Big Ten's top all-arounder with a 39.188 average. Senior co-captain Kelsey Knutson is tied for 13th in the nation on beam, while senior Sarah Curtis is tied for 17th in the nation on bars.

Promotions: The Utah meet will be circus day at Crisler Arena. The concourse will be transformed into a circus with face painting, clowns, balloon animals and sno-cones! 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.

THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN

Three Years of Perfection
Michigan has not lost to a Big Ten school since Feb. 16, 2007 -- over three years of perfection. U-M has picked up 31 straight Big Ten wins over that span.

Conference Rankings
Michigan has the best bars and floor lineup in the Big Ten, the second-best vault group and the third-best beam team.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year?
Freshman Natalie Beilstein has won four Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in five weeks of competition. She has captured four vault titles and three floor titles in her first collegiate campaign.

Botterman Big Ten's Best
Junior Kylee Botterman is the Big Ten's best all-arounder and the nation's 16th best with a 39.188 average and a 39.550 high score -- the second-highest all-around mark in the Big Ten this year. Kylee has won 13 titles this season, including four on bars and four in the all-around.

Knutson Balances Like the Best
Senior tri-captain Kelsey Knutson ranks 13th in the nation on beam with a 9.829 average, winning three titles this season. She has the Big Ten's second--best average this year.

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 eighth episode of The All-Around, freshman Brittnee Martinez discusses her first season of college gymnastics, tells us why she chose Michigan and tells us exactly what kind of sub she likes to eat. [ Full Episode ]

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 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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Follow the Michigan women's gymnastics program all season long on Twitter and Facebook. Receive news, updates and exclusive links on your computer or mobile device.

Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423

   

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