Weekly #8: Michigan Returns to Big Ten Action at Illinois

Feb. 23, 2010

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Saturday, Feb. 27 -- at No. 17 Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 5 p.m. CST
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The No. 15 University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) returns to the site of its 2009 Big Ten Championships title victory when the Wolverines visit No. 17 Illinois (7-6, 5-1 Big Ten) on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 5 p.m. CST inside Huff Hall. Illinois has finished runner-up to the Wolverines in each of the last two Big Ten Championships and have not beaten U-M since 1990 - 27 straight losses to the Wolverines.

Freshman Natalie Beilstein is fresh off her fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week laurel, ranking in the top 25 in the nation on vault and floor. Junior Kylee Botterman has a team-best 15 individual titles this season and ranks among the top 21 athletes in the NCAA on vault, bars, floor and in the all-around. Senior co-captain Kelsey Knutson is eighth in the nation on beam, winning four titles, while senior Sarah Curtis is tied for 12th in the nation on bars and 19th in the nation in the all-around.


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

Michigan Upsets the Utes
The Wolverines defeated No. 5 Utah (Feb. 19) in Michigan's first win over the Utes since 2004.

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

Botterman Among the Big Ten's Best Across the Board
Junior Kylee Botterman is among the Big Ten's best in each event (plus the all-around). She ranks tops on bars (9.860), second on floor (9.860), fourth on vault (9.845) and seventh on beam (9.770). Her all-around RQS is second in the Big Ten (39.265). Botterman has won 15 individual titles this season.

Knutson Ruling the Beam
Senior tri-captain Kelsey Knutson ranks eighth in the nation and first in the Big Ten on beam with a 9.855 RQS, winning four titles this season. She has won four of the last five beam titles, posting back-to-back scores of 9.875.

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 ninth episode of The All-Around, head coach Bev Plocki returns to put Michigan's win over the Utes in context, talk about Big Ten gymnastics and relive one of her most memorable snow days. Listen here. [ 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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