April 6, 2010
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS HEAD TO REGIONALS LOOKING FOR NATIONALS BERTH
Saturday, April 10 -- at NCAA Southeast Regional Championships (Morgantown, W.Va.), 6 p.m.
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The 2010 Big Ten champion University of Michigan women's gymnastics team (19-3, 10-1 Big Ten) will make its 19th trip in a row to an NCAA Regional and their second trip to Morgantown, W.Va., this year when it competes in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday (April 10) at 6 p.m. Michigan competed at West Virginia on Feb. 5, scoring a 196.400 against West Virginia and William & Mary.
Tickets to the championships are available at the Mountaineer Ticket Office by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME or visiting WVUGame.com.
Ascending to No. 6 in the polls, Michigan will look to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons. Big Ten vault champion and Big Ten Freshman of the Year finalist Natalie Beilstein and senior Big Ten all-around runner-up Sarah Curtis are coming off strong showings at the championship meet. They will be joined by Big Ten Gymnast of the Year finalist, junior Kylee Botterman, and All-Big Ten second teamer, senior Kelsey Knutson.
Wolverine head coach Bev Plocki is fresh off her 10th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, picking up her 400th-career win two weeks ago at the Big Ten Championships. Plocki competed for West Virginia for three years, captaining the squad as a senior.
Michigan's competition will include the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, coming off a Pac-10 championship. Then-No. 4 Stanford helped knock Michigan out of the 2009 NCAA Championships last season in Fayetteville, Ark., finishing 0.700 ahead of the Wolverines for second place.
The 18th-ranked Southern Utah Thunderbirds are the third seed after winning the WAC title. The Wolverines have never finished behind the Thunderbirds in a meet. N.C. State enters the regional championships listing 28th in the nation after finishing second to North Carolina at the EAGL Championships. Kent State, listed 29th, took second at the MAC Championships, while the host West Virginia Mountaineers list 31st in the nation after a third-place finish at the EAGL Championships.
THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN
More Titles Than Any Other Big Ten Women's Program
The Michigan women's gymnastics program has more Big Ten titles than any other school in any women's sport in the conference, winning the program's 18th title on March 27.
A Roster Full of Big Ten Rings
Not a single student-athlete on the Wolverine roster has finished anything but first at Big Tens. Each of Michigan's seniors have four Big Ten rings. Eight full classes of Wolverines have graduated with four Big Ten championship rings in U-M history.
Four All-Big Ten Selections
Four Wolverines were voted to the 2010 All-Big Ten team. Junior Kylee Botterman and senior Sarah Curtis were named to the first team, while freshman Natalie Beilstein and senior Kelsey Knutson were chosen for the second team. Botterman was a finalist for Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, while Beilstein was a finalist for Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Topping Georgia and Utah
Michigan has wins over No. 5 Utah (Feb. 19) and No. 5 Georgia (March 12) this season, as well as eight wins over top-25 programs. Only once in program history has Michigan beaten Georgia and Utah in the same season -- back in 2002.
Botterman One of Michigan's Best
Junior Kylee Botterman is the nation's seventh best all-arounder, ranking 10th in the nation on floor, 11th on bars, 18th on vault and 19th on beam. She has won 22 individual titles this season.
Knutson one of Beam's Best
Senior tri-captain Kelsey Knutson ranks 16th in the nation on balance beam.
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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