Weekly #11: Michigan Finishes Regular Season at No. 1 Alabama

March 16, 2010

Weekly Release

Friday, March 19 -- at No. 1 Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), 7:30 p.m. CDT
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The University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (13-2, 4-1 Big Ten) moved up to No. 10 in the polls after a big win over No. 5 Georgia (Friday, March 12), posting the team's highest home score of the season with a 196.375. With wins over No. 5 Utah, on Feb. 19, and No. 5 Georgia, Michigan will face its toughest test of the campaign when it steps into Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama has been ranked number one in the polls for five weeks and sports seven All-Americans on its roster, including the 2007 NCAA floor exercise champion, Morgan Dennis.

Michigan has only faced Alabama twice in the regular season, falling to the Tide in 2001 and 2003. Michigan's ties with Alabama extend to former Wolverine assistant coach and current Bama assistant Bryan Raschilla, as well as Michigan head coach Bev Plocki, who was an NCAA All-American with Alabama before transferring to West Virginia.


Sweeping the Weekly Awards
Michigan athletes swept the weekly awards this week with senior Sarah Curtis earning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and freshman Natalie Beilstein earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

Topping Georgia and Utah
Michigan now has wins over No. 5 Utah (Feb. 19) and No. 5 Georgia (March 12). Only once in program history has Michigan beat Georgia and Utah in the same season (2002).

Gymnastike Visits Campus
Gymnastics web site Gymnastike was in town for the Michigan and Georgia meet, capturing all the action before, during and after the meet. [ Check out their coverage ]

Two Weeks Remaining to Improve the RQS
Michigan has two meets left to improve its Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The RQS is calculated by taking the top six regular-season scores (of which three need to be on the road) then removing the best score and averaging the remaining five. Michigan's fifth- and sixth-best scores so far are 195.725 and 196.000, which could allow the Wolverines to move up the rankings with two good showings to end the season.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year?
Freshman Natalie Beilstein has won six Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in 10 weeks of competition. She has captured five vault titles and three floor titles in her first collegiate campaign.

Botterman One of the Big Ten's Best
Junior Kylee Botterman is the Big Ten's second-best and the nation's seventh-best all-arounder with a 39.435 RQS. She is 10th in the nation on bars and 12th on floor, combining for 19 titles this season.

Downing the Dawgs
Michigan's win over No. 5 Georgia (March 12) marked the second time in two trips to Ann Arbor that the Gym Dawgs fell to the Wolverines. Michigan beat the then-three-time defending national champion Gym Dawgs in 2007. Then this year, beat the five-time defending champs.

The First 10.0 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.

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 11th episode of The All-Around, senior Sarah Curtis stops by to talk about Senior Night, the upset over Georgia and she tells a story about what it means to be a Wolverine. 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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