March 9, 2010
MICHIGAN WELCOMES #5 GYM DAWGS BACK TO CRISLER
Friday, March 12 -- vs. No. 5 Georgia (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
Live Results | Live Video | Senior Salute
» Elementary School Students Get in Free
The University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (12-2, 4-1 Big Ten) remains No. 12 in the polls after posting its second-highest score of the year last weekend. Michigan has posted the season's top three scores in the last three weeks and looks forward to improving its stock with just three meets remaining before the NCAA postseason. The Wolverines will face a tough test when five-time defending national champion and current No. 5 Georgia (5-4, 3-3 SEC) returns on Friday night (March 12) at 7 p.m. to Crisler Arena. The last time Georgia visited Ann Arbor was in 2008 when the Gym Dawgs were riding high as the No. 1 team in country. Michigan upset Georgia that night and went on to win the Big Ten Championships and advance to the program's 16th straight NCAA Championships.
Friday will be Senior Night at Crisler Arena with five Wolverines competing for the final time in Ann Arbor. Some of the best gymnasts in the nation will be featured Friday night, including junior Kylee Botterman (sixth in the nation in the all-around), Sarah Curtis (14th in the nation in the all-around), Georgia seniors Courtney McCool (third in the nation on floor) and Grace Taylor (third in the nation on beam).
Friday is Senior Night and Michigan's seniors will be celebrated with a special video presentation at the meet. Elementary school students get in free with a VOUCHER, while high school and club gymnastics teams are invited to attend the meet free of charge by emailing Ryan Duey at firstname.lastname@example.org with a roster list with up to three coaches. As always, there will be prizes and giveaways all meet long and post-meet autographs following competition.
Celebrating Michigan's Seniors
Michigan Daily writer and U-M women's gymnastics beat writer Stephen Nesbitt continues his ongoing series on Michigan's seniors. Thus far, he has written about Sarah Curtis and Kelsey Knutson. Check back for additional features from Mr. Nesbitt.
Senior Gymnast Competes Through Injury-Plagued Years (Kelsey Knutson)
Senior Curtis Chooses Wolverines and Emerges a Leader (Sarah Curtis)
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
Three Weeks - Three High Scores
Michigan's last three weeks have reaped three high scores, highlighted by a 196.775 at Illinois on Feb. 27, a 196.575 at the Penn State Quad on March 7 and a 195.725 against Utah on Feb. 19.
Botterman One of the Big Ten's Best
Junior Kylee Botterman is the Big Ten's second-best all-arounder and the nation's sixth-best with a 39.435 RQS average and a 39.675 high score. Kylee has won 18 titles this season, including seven on bars and six in the all-around.
The First 10.0 Score in Six Years
Junior Kylee Botterman posted Michigan's first 10.0 score since 2004 when she nailed a perfect score on vault at Illinois (Feb. 27). The last 10.0 score was posted by Elise Ray on bars at the 2004 Big Ten Championships.
The Highest All-Around Score in Six Years
Junior Kylee Botterman also posted Michigan's best all-around score in six years with a 39.675 at Illinois (Feb. 27). It tied for the 13th highest all-around score in the history of Michigan women's gymnastics. The last all-around score that was higher was set by Elise Ray at the 2004 Big Ten Championships (39.800).
Big Ten Freshman of the Year?
Freshman Natalie Beilstein has won five Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in nine weeks of competition. She has captured four vault titles and three floor titles in her first collegiate campaign.
Michigan Versus the SEC
Michigan will wrap the season against two of the top three teams in the SEC, hosting five-time defending national champions and No. 5 Georgia before ending the regular season at current-No. 1 Alabama. The SEC has five teams in the top 10 this week and all seven are among the top 16.
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.
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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