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Mecca and BlueReview – Michigan women’s gymnastics captures 27th Big Ten title in program history

The Michigan women’s gymnastics team earned its 27th conference title in program history by scoring a 198.000 at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday. The title extended Michigan’s advantage over the rest of the conference to the most titles of any team in the conference.

The Big Ten Championships took place in Coralville, Iowa, at the Extreme Arena.

The Wolverines finished almost half a point better than the second-place team (Michigan State), and three-quarters of a point better than the third-place team (Minnesota).

Abby Heiskell led the way for the Wolverines with a perfect 10.0 on beam. It was only the fourth time in program history that a Wolverine scored a perfect 10.0 on beam.

Michigan established a comfortable lead on their competition through the first three contests, and it was looking very promising for head coach Bev Plocki’s team. The women moved on to vault for the final event, where they dominated as usual.

UM posted four scores of 9.900 or better to eliminate itself from the competition. Natalie Wojcik, Gabby Wilson, Naomi Morrison and Heiskell all anchored the final event as Michigan reached its second consecutive Big Ten Championship.

The Wolverines will now look forward to the NCAA selection show, which will take place on Monday, March 20 at noon. Plocki’s team will of course host a regional, which only four teams in the country are able to do. The regional round will begin on March 29 and go on till April 2.


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