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WGYM: Weekend Schedule

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IOWA (rv)/#9 MICHIGAN/Western Michigan (rv) at MICHIGAN STATE (rv) - 6:30 p.m. ET
#14 PENN STATE at #2 Alabama - 7:30 p.m. CT


#23 MINNESOTA at OHIO STATE (rv) - 4 p.m. ET
#17 ILLINOIS/Northern Illinois at #24 Kentucky - 6:30 p.m. ET

The 2011 season begins for all seven Big Ten women's gymnastics teams this weekend, as the squads will be competing in their first meets of the campaign on Jan. 7 and 8.

Action begins on Friday with Michigan State hosting Iowa, Michigan and Western Michigan. Penn State visits second-ranked Alabama to round out the day's competition. On Saturday, Ohio State hosts Minnesota, while Illinois and Northern Illinois visit No. 24 Kentucky.


Click here to see the complete release from the Big Ten.

WGYM: Michigan Tops Big Ten Preseason Poll

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Michigan has been selected by the Big Ten women's gymnastics coaches as the top conference team heading into the 2011 season, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Joining the defending Big Ten Champion Wolverines in the top three are Illinois and Penn State, with Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State rounding out the poll. The coaches also selected two gymnasts from their respective teams to a Gymnasts to Watch list.

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WGYM: Big Ten Network Announces Women's Gymnastics Coverage

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The Big Ten Network has announced its women's gymnastics coverage for the 2011 season, with five meets and the 2011 Big Ten Championships highlighting the schedule. The schedule features four live broadcasts, including meets between Illinois and Ohio State on Jan. 22, Iowa and Illinois on Jan. 29 and Ohio State and Penn State on Feb. 26, along with the conference championships on March 19. All seven conference teams will be featured in at least one meet during the season. The complete 2011 broadcast schedule can be found below.

Jan. 22 - Illinois at Ohio State - Noon ET - LIVE
Jan. 22 - Minnesota at Michigan State - 6:30 p.m. ET - DELAY (Jan. 29, 11 a.m. ET)
Jan. 29 - Iowa at Illinois - 1 p.m. ET - LIVE
Feb. 26 - Ohio State at Penn State - 1 p.m. ET - LIVE
March 4 - Alabama at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET - DELAY (March 13, 2 p.m. ET)
March 19 - Big Ten Championships - 3 p.m. ET - LIVE

WGYM: Four Teams Ranked in GymInfo Preseason Poll

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Big Ten women's gymnastics is well-represented in the 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, as all seven teams have earned recognition. Four teams have cracked the top 25 in the first poll of the season, while three others are receiving votes. Reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan leads the way among conference teams, checking in at No. 9 to open the 2011 campaign.

To read the complete release, click here. The 2011 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll can be found here.

W GYM: Thompson Introdued as New Penn State Coach

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Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley introduced Jeff Thompson as the new coach of the Nittany Lion women's gymnastics program on Thursday. Thompson replaces Steve Shephard, who resigned after 18 years with the Nittany Lion program.

Thompson comes from Auburn University, where he was a two-time SEC Coach of the Year and will be joined on staff by his wife Rachelle, who will serve as associate head coach. He spent the past 11 seasons at Auburn, where it qualified for eight straight NCAA Regional competitions.

"Rachelle and I have never been more excited in our lives," Thompson said. During our visit last week, we were overwhelmed by the history, tradition and overall integrity of the Penn State athletic department."

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Four Selected to Women's All-America At-Large Team

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Four Big Ten women's student-athletes were selected to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday morning.

Ohio State diver Chelsea Davis and Penn State gymnast Brandi Personett were named to the second team, while Purdue swimmer Christine Inman and Indiana rower Emily Kasavana earned spots on the third team.

To be eligible for Academic-All-America consideration, student-athletes must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA on a 4.00 scale, must be at least sophomore athletically and academically at his/her institution and must be nominated by his/her sports information director.

To read the complete release from CoSIDA, click here.

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The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 22 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2009-10 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

For a complete list of the 2010 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, click here.

Twenty-four Big Ten student-athletes were named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams for the at-large division, it was announced Thursday by the Academic All-America Committee.

To be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and must be a sophomore in both athletic and academic standing. All First Team Academic All-District honorees from each of the eight districts will be placed on the national ballot and are eligible to be selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.

The complete list of Big Ten CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District members include:

District 2
First Team:
Brandi Personett, Women's Gymnastics, PSU
Second Team:
Amy Bonenberger, Field Hockey, PSU
Miguel Pineda, Men's Gymnastics, PSU

District 4
First Team:
Chelsea Davis, Women's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Lindsay Quintiliani, Field Hockey, OSU
Stefan Sigrist, Men's Swimming and Diving, OSU
Second Team:
Kent Caldwell, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
Sarah Curtis, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Kelsey Knutson, Women's Gymnastics, MICH
Ian Makowske, Men's Gymnastics, MICH
André Schultz, Men's Swimming and Diving, MICH
Brad Smith, Men's Golf, OSU

District 5
First Team:
Lachlan Ferguson, Men's Tennis, IND
Emily Kasavana, Rowing, IND
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Women's Golf, NU
David Colturi, Men's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Christine Inman, Women's Swimming and Diving, PUR
Second Team:
Allison Buckley, Women's Gymnastics, ILL
Abe Souza, Men's Tennis, ILL
Aaron Fortunato, Men's Gymnastics, MINN
Kaylee Jamison, Women's Swimming and Diving, MINN
Tyler Duncan, Men's Golf, PUR

District 7
First Team:
Brent Metcalf, Wrestling, IOWA
Second Team:
Patricia Dean, Field Hockey, IOWA

Men's Academic All-District Teams / Women's Academic All-District Teams

Former Michigan gymnast Elise Ray will receive an Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia after the International Olympic Committee stripped the Chinese team of the bronze on Wednesday.

Ray, along with teammates Tasha Schwikert, Jamie Dantzscher and Kristin Maloney, Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow, will receive the bronze instead.

Ray was a six-time Big Ten Champion, including four wins at the 2004 championships. She also was a three-time NCAA Champion, winning the 2001 all-around title, the 2002 balance beam crown and the 2004 uneven bars championship.