Six Wolverines Garner All-Big Ten Honors

March 18, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Six members of the No. 4-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team received All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Monday (March 18). Seniors Brittnee Martinez (Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty) and Katie Zurales (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South), junior Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and sophomore Sachi Sugiyama (Keller, Texas/Keller) were all named to the first team, while senior Natalie Beilstein (Butler, Pa./Knoch) and junior Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) were named to the second team.

Michigan had the most All-Big Ten selections of any team (six) and tied with Nebraska for most selections on the first team (four). It is also the program's most All-Big Ten honors in a single season since 2008 (eight). Fifty-five Michigan gymnasts have combined to receive 97 All-Big Ten first team honors and an additional 25 second team honors (second team began in 2003). Beilstein is now a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, also receiving the honor in 2010 and 2011, while Zurales is a two-time honoree, earning the laurel last season. Gies, Martinez, Sampson and Sugiyama are all first-time All-Big Ten honorees.

Awards for Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced on Saturday (March 23) at the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich. The Wolverines will be in the second session (6 p.m.) with Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State. Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State will compete in the afternoon session (1 p.m.). Both sessions will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

Natalie BeilsteinShelby GiesBrittnee MartinezJoanna SampsonSachi SugiyamaKatie Zurales

Alina Weinstein, ILL
Brittnee Martinez, MICH
Joanna Sampson, MICH
Sachi Sugiyama, MICH
Katie Zurales, MICH
Shannon Golich, MINN
Lindsay Mable, MINN
Kylie Schermann, MINN
Jessie DeZiel, NEB
Janelle Giblin, NEB
Jennifer Lauer, NEB
Emily Wong, NEB
Sarah Miller, OSU
Madison Merriam, PSU
Sharaya Musser, PSU

Sunny Kato, ILL
Gianna O'Connor, ILL
Amber See, ILL
Natalie Beilstein, MICH
Shelby Gies, MICH
Taira Neal, MSU
Kayla Slechta, MINN
Brittany Skinner, NEB
Alyssa Marohn, OSU
Melanie Shaffer, OSU

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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