March 28, 2011
MICHIGAN HOSTS THE NCAA ANN ARBOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, April 2, 6 p.m. -- host NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Championships (Crisler Arena)
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The NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Championships feature the second-seeded and No. 9-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team, top seed and No. 4 Stanford, third seed and No. 16 Ohio State, No. 21 Iowa State, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 24 Kent State. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-296-MTIX (6849) or visiting MGoBlue.com/tickets. The top two teams, the top two all-around gymnasts and any event winner not on a qualifying team receive berths into the 12-team field at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Michigan hosts a regional championships for the seventh time in program history and the first since 2007. The Wolverines qualified for their 20th straight NCAA regional and are looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons. The top two teams in each of the six NCAA Regional Championships will advance to the NCAA Championships, held April 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
MICHIGAN'S REGIONAL HISTORY
The Wolverines have competed in 20 NCAA Regional Championships in program history, with the Wolverines advancing to nationals 18 times, including in 17 of the last 18 seasons. Michigan has seven regional titles, the last coming in 2006 in Ann Arbor. Michigan has hosted six regionals, winning four titles and advancing to nationals all six times.
PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
Michigan has had an incredible run at the end of the season, peaking just in time for the postseason:
Four of Michigan's top five scores this season were recorded in the last four weeks (196.800 at No. 7 Georgia, 196.600 at Big Tens, 196.325 vs. No. 3 Alabama, 196.275 vs. No. 3 Oklahoma)
Ten Wolverines have posted career or season highs in the last four weeks: Kylee Botterman, Natalie Beilstein, Stephanie Colbert, Sarah Curtis, Shelby Gies, Brittnee Martinez, Joanna Sampson, Jordan Sexton, Reema Zakharia, Katie Zurales.
THE KYLEE BOTTERMAN FILE
Kylee Botterman won nearly half (47 percent) of the events she competed in this season -- 28 individual titles out of a possible 60 -- winning 10 crowns in the all-around, five titles each on vault and balance beam, seven titles on floor and one award on bars.
Botterman has earned her way onto the podium in 82 percent of the events she competed, placing first, second or third on 49 of 60 events (including the all-around) this season.
Botterman has just two scores below 9.800 this entire season (44 events) and 15 9.900+ scores on the year -- more than the combined rosters of four separate Big Ten programs.
MICHIGAN WINS FIFTH-STRAIGHT BIG TEN TITLE
The Wolverines came from behind to capture their fifth straight Big Ten title and the 18th Big Ten title in the last 20 years, beating the field in Minneapolis, Minn. Michigan's 19 total Big Ten titles are the most for any Big Ten women's program in any sport.
NINE WOLVERINE CLASSES LEAVE WITH A BOX OF RINGS
With the program's fifth straight Big Ten title, nine classes of seniors graduate with a Big Ten ring in each of their years at Michigan. Seniors Kylee Botterman, Kari Pearce and Trish Wilson and fifth-year seniors Sarah Curtis and Jordan Sexton have earned Big Ten titles in each of their years with the Wolverines.
TRISH WILSON IS BACK IN ACTION
Senior Trish Wilson won her second uneven bars title of the year, scoring a 9.900 against No. 3 Alabama on March 4 and she has s finished among the top three on bars in five of the last six meets. Wilson returned this year after her fourth ACL surgery, competing in six meets and winning two bars titles. Wilson has six uneven bars titles in her collegiate career, including the 2009 Big Ten bars title.
PLOCKI LEADS IN HER 22ND SEASON
Head coach Bev Plocki picked up win No. 555 this season and is third on U-M's list of active coaches with the most career wins, trailing hockey coach Red Berenson and softball coach Carol Hutchins. In her 22nd season at the helm, Plocki has 18 20-win campaigns, seven 30-win seasons and back-to-back 36-win seasons in 1994 and 1995.
Michigan's freshman class is its largest in 20 years (7): Teresa Arthur (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Stephanie Colbert (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), Shelby Gies (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), Tori Kane (Mickleton, N.J./Glouchester County Institute of Technology), Kristin Nagle (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington), Joanna Sampson (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) and Reema Zakharia (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables Senior High).
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