Sept. 10, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's gymnastics team announced its 2014 schedule on Tuesday (Sept. 10), which features five home meets inside Crisler Center. This season, the Wolverines will face six teams that qualified to last season's NCAA Championships and nine teams that finished in the top 25 of the GymInfo/Troester Collegiate Rankings.
Michigan enters the season looking to capture its 20th Big Ten championship and reach the NCAA Championships for the 21st time in the last 23 seasons. The Wolverines shared the inaugural Big Ten regular season championship last season and will look to defend that title again this season.
Fans can get a first glimpse of the Wolverines in their annual exhibition contest, this year against Central Michigan on Dec. 6 at Crisler Center. Michigan officially starts the season on the road, facing Iowa State (Jan. 10) and North Carolina State (Jan. 17) in back-to-back weeks. The Wolverines then enter conference action, squaring off against rivals Ohio State (Jan. 25) and Michigan State (Jan. 31) in consecutive weeks at Crisler Center before going on the road to compete against Illinois (Feb. 7) and Nebraska (Feb. 14). They will also compete at the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational (Feb. 21), a quad meet with national runner-up Oklahoma, Alabama and West Virginia held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Wolverines will close out the regular season with three straight home meets, starting with a tri-meet against Kent State and BYU (Feb. 28). The next week, Michigan hosts another tri-meet, this time against PAC-12 foes and perennial NCAA Championships contenders UCLA and Utah (March 7). The Wolverines close out the regular season on March 15 with a Big Ten quad meet against Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State.
The quad meet is a new addition to the schedule. Each Big Ten team will compete at one of two quad meets (Michigan State hosts the other, with Nebraska, Illinois and Ohio State). The top two teams at each quad meet will advance to the evening session of the Big Ten Championships the following week. Also, the regular season champion will be crowned, which is determined by win-loss record. Each Big Ten team will compete in four separate dual meets against conference opponents and in one quad meet against the other three teams, assuring every team competes against each other.
The postseason begins with the Big Ten Championships, slated for March 22 at Penn State. Following that is the NCAA Regional Championships, of which Michigan has qualified in 22 consecutive seasons. This year, the six Regional sites are hosted by Minnesota, Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Penn State and Washington, all scheduled for Saturday, April 5.
The top two teams at each Regional site will advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships, held on April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala., at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
Season tickets are on sale now. To purchase, contact the University of Michigan Athletics Ticket Office at (866) 296-MTIX or go online at MGoBlue.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $25 each. Renewals for current season-ticket holders will be sent out in November. Individual meet tickets will go on sale in January.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423