Weekly #10: Michigan to Celebrate Senior Night against No. 3 Alabama

Feb. 28, 2011

Take Blue with Kylee Botterman

Friday, March 4, 7 p.m. -- vs. No. 3 Alabama (Crisler Arena)
Live Results | TV: Big Ten Network (Tape Delay: Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.)

The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (10-4, 4-1 Big Ten) faces its third straight No. 3 team this week when third-ranked Alabama (9-1, 5-1 SEC) travels to Crisler Arena on Friday (March 4) at 7 p.m.

Alabama is red hot after beating No. 5 Georgia last week in Athens with a season-high 197.675 score. Alabama is one of just four teams this season to go 197.000 or higher this season. The Crimson Tide have three gymnasts among the top 10 in the nation on various events including Kayla Hoffman (vault and beam), Diandra Milliner (vault and floor) and Geralen Stack-Eaton (beam).
The Wolverines have not had much luck against Alabama, trailing 13-1 all-time and 2-0 in regular-season dual meets. The last time the two teams met during the regular season was in 2003 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has never competed at Crisler Arena during the regular season, visiting just twice before for the 1995 and 1997 NCAA Regional Championships.



Senior Night
Michigan celebrates its four seniors on Friday night in their regular-season finale at Crisler Arena. Fifth-year seniors Sarah Curtis and Jordan Sexton will be feted for the second time in front of the home crowd, while seniors Kylee Botterman , Kari Pearce and Trish Wilson will receive a regular-season sendoff from the home crowd. Michigan's seniors will compete on the home floor one more time this season at the 2011 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on April 2.

Elise Ray Day
The Michigan women's gymnastics program will honor former gymnast Elise Ray. The first 1,000 fans receive a special Elise Ray commemorative picture card and Ray will be signing autographs at the conclusion of the meet.

Kids in eighth grade or below receive free admission by printing off this coupon: FREE ADMISSION.

YMCA Night
Active members of the YMCA admitted free with a voucher available at the YMCA in Ann Arbor.

Circus Day
Crisler Arena will be transformed into an exciting circus with clowns, balloon animals, face painting and snow cones throughout the concourse. Come early and enjoy the fun!


The Kylee Botterman Corner
Senior Kylee Botterman won her eighth all-around title in eight weeks of competition and continues to put together her best season of collegiate gymnastics:

  • Kylee has captured 24 individual titles this season (out of a possible 45) -- winning eight crowns in the all-around, five titles each on vault, balance beam and floor, and one award on bars.
  • Kylee has earned her way onto the podium (placing first, second or third) on 42 of 45 events (including the all-around) this season. Her only three finishes out of the top three were a pair of fourth-place showings and an eighth-place finish on bars.
  • Kylee ranks nationally among the top 16 gymnasts on all four events and the all-around (first in the all-around, second on vault, 16th on uneven bars, ninth on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise).

Botterman, Beilstein and Sexton Among the NCAAs 16 Best
Senior Kylee Botterman, fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton and sophomore Natalie Beilstein are among the nation's top 13 on the following events:

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 ]

Get Your Tickets to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships
On April 2 Michigan will host the 2011 NCAA Northeast Regional Women's Gymnastics Championships at Crisler Arena welcoming five of the top teams in the nation in a meet that will set the field for the NCAA Championships. In the past, Michigan has welcomed teams like Florida, Arkansas, Utah, Auburn, Arizona State, Stanford, Alabama and LSU to Crisler Arena for regional championships. Go to MGoBlue.com/tickets or call 734-764-0247 to pre-order your tickets. Seats are $8 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors prior to the meet but all tickets are $8 on the day of the meet. Get your tickets today!

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, senior Trish Wilson talked about returning to action after battling serious knee injuries and talked about her future career plans. Download it today to learn more about Michigan's sensational senior.

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.

2011 U-M Women's Gymnastics Yearbook

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