Michigan Wolverines women's gymnastics

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Michigan Wolverines women's gymnastics
Michigan Wolverines Block M.png
Founded 1976
University University of Michigan
Conference Big Ten
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Head coach Bev Plocki (21st year)
Home arena Crisler Center (Capacity: 12,693)
Nickname Wolverines
Colors Maize and Blue[1]
         
Super Six Appearances
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011
NCAA Regional Champions
1982, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference Champions
1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015

The Michigan Wolverines women's gymnastics team represents the University of Michigan and competes in the Big Ten Conference. Under head coach Bev Plocki, the team won 16 Big Ten championships in 20 years and advanced to 16 straight NCAA championship tournaments from 1993 to 2008.

History[edit]

The Michigan Wolverines women's gymnastics team was formed in 1976. In its 34-year history, the team has had six coaches as follows:

Name Seasons W – L – T
1 Newt Loken 1976 1 – 1
2 Anne Cornell 1977 – 1978 6 – 6
3 Scott Ponto 1979 19 – 3
4 Sheri Hyatt 1980 – 1984 51 – 26 – 1
5 Dana Kempthorn 1985 – 1989 42 – 76
6 Bev Plocki 1990 – Present 673 – 231 – 2

Newt Loken, head of the men's gymnastics team from 1948 to 1983, was hired to be the first women's coach and served one season. Anne Cornell and Scott Ponto both served short tenures before Sheri Hyatt for five seasons starting in 1980. Under Hyatt, the program won its first Big Ten conference championship and qualified to its first NCAA tournament, both in 1982.

Hyatt was followed in 1985 by Dana Kempthorn, and then in 1990 by current head coach Bev Plocki. Plocki has led the Wolverines to twenty Big Ten titles and sixteen straight NCAA championship berths from 1993 to 2008, as well as in 2010, 2011, and 2013-15.[2]

The Wolverines have had four gymnasts who have won NCAA individual championships. Beth Wymer won the NCAA championship in the uneven bars three consecutive years from 1993 to 1995. Elise Ray won the NCAA all-around championship in 2001 (tied with UCLA's Onnie Willis), the balance beam championship in 2002 and the uneven bars in 2004.[3] Kylee Botterman won the 2011 NCAA all-around championship. In 2013, Joanna Sampson won the national championship on floor exercise.[4]

The Wolverines have qualified to the NCAA Championships 22 times. They have qualified to the Super Six team finals ten times:[5]

  • In 1994, finishing #4 with a score of 195.150
  • In 1995, finishing #2 with a score of 196.425
  • In 1996, finishing #6 with a score of 196.375
  • In 1997, finishing #4 with a score of 196.500
  • In 1999, finishing #2 with a score of 196.550
  • In 2000, finishing #6 with a score of 195.725
  • In 2001, finishing #3 with a score of 197.275
  • In 2003, finishing #5 with a score of 196.050
  • In 2005, finishing #5 with a score of 196.575
  • In 2011, finishing #6 with a score of 196.425

Facilities[edit]

Michigan's home competitions are held at the 12,693-seat Crisler Center. In 2002, the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Donald R. Shepherd Women's Gymnastics Training Center was dedicated. The Shepherd Center is the practice and training home of the women's gymnastics team. The facility has 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of training space; the remaining 5,000 square feet (460 m2) contains a training room, coaches offices, a locker room, a team lounge, and a study area.[6]

Roster[edit]

2015-16 Roster[7]
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Nicole Artz 5-3 JR Holland, MI Champion Gymnastics USA
Brianna Brown 5-2 SO West Chester, OH Cincinnati Gymnastics
Briley Casanova 5-1 SR Dallas, TX WOGA
Talia Chiarelli 5-2 JR Boston, MA Brestyan's Gymnastics
Nichelle Christopherson 5-2 SO Lee's Summit, MO Fuzion Gymnastics
Ilana Gordon 5-1 SO San Carlos, CA Airborne Gymnastics
Cailee Hills 5-2 SO Charlotte, NC Southeastern Gymnastics
Olivia Karas 5-2 FR Chicago, IL IK Gymnastics
Lauren Martinez 5-2 SO Orlando, FL Orlando Metro
Emma McLean 5-4 FR Clarkston, MI Stars and Stripes
India McPeak 5-2 SO Bangor, Northern Ireland Salto Gymnastics Centre
Austin Sheppard 5-4 SR Murphy, TX WOGA
Lindsay Williams 5-2 SR Northville, MI Splitz Gymnastics
  • Head Coach: Bev Plocki
  • Assistant Coach: Scott Sherman
  • Assistant Coach: Dave Kuzara
  • Volunteer Assistant: Sarah Cain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Style Guide: Colors". Office of Global Communications, University of Michigan. 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Women's Gymnastics Year-by-Year Results". Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Michigan Women's Gymnastics All-Time National Champions". mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Sampson Wins National Title on Floor". mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Women's Gymnastics Year-by-Year Results". mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Donald R. Shepherd Women's Gymnastics Training Center". mgoblue.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  7. ^ "2016 Michigan Women's Gymnastics Roster". MGoBlue. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 

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