Feb. 21, 2011
The eighth-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (10-3, 4-1 Big Ten) hosts No. 3 Oklahoma (10-0, 3-0 Big 12) on Saturday (Feb. 26) at 4 p.m. in Crisler Arena in the first of three meets wrapping up the 2011 regular season. Oklahoma is red hot this season, extending its streak of regular-season wins to 24 while finishing the 2011 regular season a perfect 3-0 in the Big 12.
The Sooners are one of just three teams to top 197.000 this season, posting a season-high 197.225 score at Iowa State on Feb. 11. Oklahoma is 5-0 on the road this year. Michigan is 6-1 at home this season with the lone loss coming to No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 13 in the Michigan Tri Meet. That loss snapped a near three-year winning streak at Crisler Arena dating back to March 22, 2008.
Though Oklahoma does not field an all-arounder, it features five athletes in the top 25 in the nation on all four events, with junior Megan Ferguson (top 13 on bars, beam and floor) and redshirt-sophomore Natasha Kelley (top 20 on vault, bars and beam) leading the way. Michigan counters with the No. 1 all-arounder in the nation, Kylee Botterman, who ranks in the top 11 on all four events, along with fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton (13th nationally on bars) and sophomore Natalie Beilstein (ninth nationally on vault).
The Wolverines and Sooners do not have much of a history, facing each other just three times this millennium, with Michigan holding a 2-1 edge with wins in the NCAA prelims in 2005 and 2006. U-M holds a 6-3 advantage in the all-time record with three of those victories coming in Ann Arbor.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
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- Kylee has captured 22 individual titles this season (out of a possible 40) -- winning seven crowns in the all-around, five titles each on vault and balance beam, four titles on floor and one award on bars.
- Kylee has earned her way onto the podium (placing first, second or third) on 38 of 40 events (including the all-around) this season. Her only two finishes out of the top three were a fourth-place showing on balance beam at Iowa (9.800) and a fourth-place finish on floor at Utah (9.825).
- Kylee ranks nationally among the top 11 gymnasts on all four events and the all-around (first in the all-around, fourth on vault, 11th on uneven bars, 10th on balance beam and eighth on floor exercise).
- Kylee Botterman
- Fourth on vault (9.890)
- 11th on bars (9.855)
- 10th on beam (9.840)
- Eighth on floor (9.865)
- First in the all-around (39.480).
- Jordan Sexton
- 13th on bars (9.845)
- Natalie Beilstein
- Ninth on vault (9.870)
The First 10.0 of the Season Draws Media Attention
From a feature in AnnArbor.com to word reaching the Windy City, news of senior Kylee Botterman's 10.0 spread fast following Michigan's Feb. 13 meet with Stanford and Nebraska. Watch video of Kylee's perfect vault here.
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. Tickets are still available -- $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Just Two Home Meets 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 Joanna Sampson talked about her first season of gymnastics, what the big differences are between club and college and what it's like to travel with the team. 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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