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Seven Big Ten Teams Earn Top-25 Preseason Status

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All eight Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked or receiving votes in the 2012 GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches Poll, with seven appearing in the top 25. Big Ten newcomer Nebraska leads the way at No. 6, while reigning Big Ten Champion Michigan also appears in the top 10 at No. 10. Penn State debuts at No. 13, while Illinois follows at No. 15. Ohio State checks in at No. 18, while No. 22 Minnesota and No. 25 Iowa round out the poll. Michigan State is also receiving votes in the first poll of the season.

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Big Ten Women's Gymnastics TV Coverage Announced

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Four dual-meets, along with live coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Championships, highlight the 2011-12 Big Ten women's gymnastics broadcast schedule. The broadcast slate gets underway with Iowa hosting Penn State on Feb. 3, followed by live coverage of Illinois hosting Ohio State on Feb. 4. The next nationally broadcast meet is Nebraska at Minnesota on Feb. 18, with Michigan State hosting Michigan on March 16 to round out the regular-season schedule. The Big Ten Championships, hosted by Iowa on March 24, will be shown live on BTN. The complete broadcast schedule can be found below.

Feb. 3      Penn State at Iowa              8 p.m. ET      BTN (2/4, TBA)
Feb. 4      Ohio State at Illinois             4 p.m. ET      BTN (LIVE)
Feb. 18     Nebraska at Minnesota        7 p.m. ET      BTN (2/24, TBA)
March 16   Michigan at Michigan State  6 p.m. ET      BTN (LIVE)
March 24   Big Ten Championships        TBA              BTN (LIVE)

Five Big Ten student-athletes have earned recognition on the Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large teams, announced on Thursday. Minnesota swimmer Kaylee Jamison earned first-team Academic All-America honors, while Michigan gymnast Sarah Curtis and Illinois gymnast Melissa Fernandez picked up second-team laurels. Northwestern golfer Kelsey Lindenschmidt and Wisconsin ice hockey's Becca Ruegsegger received third-team recognition.

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Twenty-two Big Ten student athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced on Thursday. Ten student-athletes received first-team recognition while 12 picked up second-team honors. The first-team honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.


District II - First Team
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (gymnastics)

District IV - First Team
Sean Duddy, Ohio State (ice hockey)
Justin Farra, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Brad Smith, Ohio State (golf)

District IV - Second Team
Carl Hagelin, Michigan (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Abe Souza, Illinois (tennis)
Eric Ress, Indiana (swimming and diving)
Ivan Gutesa, Minnesota (swimming and diving)
Matt Stewart, Purdue (swimming and diving)


District IV - First Team
Sarah Curtis, Michigan (gymnastics)

District IV - Second Team
Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Carolin Helmholz, Ohio State (rowing)

District V - First Team
Melissa Fernandez, Illinois (gymnastics)
Kaylee Jamison, Minnesota (swimming)
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Northwestern (golf)
Allie Smith, Purdue (swimming)
Becca Ruegsegger, Wisconsin (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Allison Buckley, Illinois (gymnastics)
Margaux Farrell, Indiana (swimming)
Lauren Gustafson, Purdue (swimming)
Maggie Meyer, Wisconsin (swimming)
Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin (ice hockey)
Illinois has named Kim Landrus head women's gymnastics coach, Director of Athletics Ron Guenther announced on Friday. Landrus has spent nine seasons on the Fighting Illini coaching staff, including serving as the interim head coach last season.

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Michigan's Kylee Botterman and Penn State's Sharaya Musser have been tabbed finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given to the top collegiate women's gymnast in the country. Botterman and Musser are two of four finalists for the honor, which will be awarded on Friday.

Botterman concluded her collegiate career with multiple national and regional honors, including the prestigious AAI Award and the Big Ten and Northeast Regional Gymnast of the Year awards. She also won the NCAA all-around title last weekend and earned runner-up status on floor exercise, amassing four All-America honors and leading the Wolverines to the Super Six Team Finals for the first time since 2005 in the process.

Musser, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, rounded out her sophomore season as an individual all-around competitor at last weekend's NCAA Championships. At the Tuscaloosa Regional, Musser placed in the top five in three of the four events to lead Penn State to a third-place finish. The sophomore picked up four Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors this season.

WGYM: Final Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's gymnastics teams appear in the top 25 nationally in the final GymInfo team rankings. After finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships, Michigan finishes the season with the same position in the national rankings. Illinois ranks 11th in the country, while Penn State holds No. 14. Ohio State finishes the season ranked 16th nationally, while Minnesota rounds out the campaign ranked No. 22.

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WGYM: Michigan's Botterman Wins AAI Award

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Michigan's Kylee Botterman was named the recipient of the AAI Award, given to the top senior student-athlete in Division I women's gymnastics, at the NCAA Championships Banquet on Thursday. Botterman, the Big Ten and NCAA Northeast Regional Gymnast of the Year, is the first gymnast in program history to earn the award.

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Two Big Ten teams and five individual conference gymnasts will compete in the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on April 15-17 in Cleveland. Illinois and Michigan each earned automatic berths to the championships after placing in the top two in their respective regionals, while five other gymnasts secured spots by virtue of their all-around finishes or event titles.

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WGYM: NCAA Regional Championships Preview

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All seven Big Ten women's gymnastics teams will compete in NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday with hopes of earning bids to the NCAA Championships.

The conference will be represented at three regionals. Michigan earned a No. 2 seed and will host No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Minnesota in the Ann Arbor Regional, while No. 3 seed Iowa and No. 6 seed Michigan State will travel to the Corvallis Regional. Second-seeded Penn State and No. 3 seed Illinois will compete in the Tuscaloosa Regional.

The complete preview can be found here.