Women's Gym Inks Three in Early Signing Period

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's gymnastics program received National Letters of Intent from three student-athletes in the early signing period (Nov. 8-15), including Kylee Botterman (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), Kari Pearce (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Trish Wilson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley).

"We are thrilled to be bringing Kylee, Kari and Trish into our program," said head coach Bev Plocki. "All three student-athletes want to be at Michigan, and that is always a key component in individuals having success with the program. When they really want to be here and we really want them, it's a great situation from the day they walk in the door. They already know each other and get along well and their families are great. We are truly excited to welcome them to the fold."

Kylee Botterman was a three-time Illinois state champion in the all-around (2004-06) and finished runner-up on vault at nationals in 2006. Botterman was a member of the Junior Olympic National Team and was the national vault champion in 2004. She competes with Gym-Kinetics

"Kylee has the potential to be a great gymnast at the University of Michigan," said Plocki. "She is a very talented athlete and comes from a great gymnastics family. Her sisters Danye and Marijka are members of the University of Illinois gymnastics team and we're happy she chose the Maize and Blue. She has potential to compete in the all-around and her strongest event is the floor exercise."

Kari Pearce was the national vault champion in 2005 and finished third on vault at nationals in 2006. She was also a member of the Junior Olympic National Team in 2006. She competes with Twistars.

"Kari is a great homegrown kid from Ann Arbor," said Plocki. "She is very committed to the sport and it has been a dream of hers to come to the University of Michigan and compete for us. We're more than happy to help her make that happen. She's very powerful, a great vaulter and a good tumbler."

Trish Wilson was a national champion on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise in 2004 and a two-time national champion in the all-around (2003-04). She competes with the Arena Gymnastics.

"Trish has bounced back from some injuries but her passion and desire to compete remains strong," said Plocki. "She has the potential to be an All-America athlete. We expect her to have a great senior season."

Michigan women's gymnastics hosts its annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Crisler Arena.

Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423

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