Weekly #1: Maize and Blue Intrasquad Opens 2010-11 Season
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Nov. 30, 2010

INTRODUCING THE 2011 MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS TEAM
Sunday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. -- host Maize and Blue Intrasquad (Crisler Arena - FREE ADMISSION)
Live Video | Promotional Video

The University of Michigan women's gymnastics team unveils the 2011 team at the annual Maize and Blue Intrasquad on Sunday (Dec. 5) at 1 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The event pits Michigan gymnast against Michigan gymnast in a meet decided by a panel of celebrity judges. University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and the hosts of the Michigan Insider on 1050 WTKA, Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub, will judge the intrasquad, along with three kid judges chosen the day of the meet.

To be eligible to be a kid judge, you must be in grade eight or below and in attendance at Crisler Arena on Sunday to sign up before 12:30 p.m. We will draw three names and pair each kid judge with one of our celebrities to judge the event.

If you can't join us, watch a live video feed of the event only at MGoBlue.com.

U-M officially kicks off the 2011 campaign at Michigan State, when the Wolverines face Iowa, Western Michigan and the host Spartans.

Promotions
Admission to the Maize and Blue Intrasquad is free! We will give away posters and schedule cards and the entire team will hold an autograph session following the meet.

THE MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS RUNDOWN

A Look Back at 2010
Remember last season? Eight months ago the Wolverines captured their fourth straight Big Ten title, adding an 18th Big Ten Conference championship banner to the rafters. Michigan advanced to its 19th regional in a row and after making the trip to Gainesville, finished 10th in the nation. Seven Wolverines earned All-America honors, led by two-time All-American Kylee Botterman (vault and all-around), Natalie Beilstein (floor), Brittnee Martinez (vault), Kelsey Knutson (beam), Sarah Curtis (all-around) and Jordan Sexton (beam).

Freshman Orientation
Michigan welcomes its largest freshman class in 20 years with seven newcomers ready for action in 2011: Teresa Arthur (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley), Stephanie Colbert (Naperville, Ill./Nequa 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).

Oh Captain, My Captain
Michigan's four captains for the 2011 season are senior Kylee Botterman, fifth-year senior Sarah Curtis, fifth-year senior Jordan Sexton and senior Trish Wilson. Wilson and Sexton also served as captains in 2010.

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Season tickets to Michigan women's gymnastics are available through the U-M ticket office at affordable prices. Catch top-flight gymnastics all season long with visiting schools like in-conference rivals Penn State and Illinois (Jan. 14) as well as national powers Nebraska (Feb. 13), Stanford (Feb. 13), Oklahoma (Feb. 26) and Alabama (March 4).

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Contact: Richard Retyi (734) 763-4423