Jan. 7, 2004
The 2005 edition of Big Ten women's gymnastics opens this weekend, as six Conference teams are set to compete. Michigan, ranked No. 7 in the GymInfo Women's Preseason Coaches poll, hosts No. 10 Nebraska on Friday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.
The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will join No. 19 Penn State at the Super Six Challenge in Gainesville, Fla., where they will face four more top-ranked teams - No. 2 Georgia, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Florida and No. 13 Arizona.
Michigan State, under the helm of 2004 Co-Big Ten Coach of the Year Kathie Klages, begins its season on Friday hosting No. 6 LSU, Ball State and Denver. On Saturday, Illinois travels to Normal, Ill. to compete against Illinois State and Central Michigan, while Minnesota welcomes No. 24 Arkansas in its first meet of the year. Ohio State will begin its 2005 slate on Saturday, January 15, when it hosts Michigan.
Big Ten gymnastics squads look to continue their long string of success on the national level. Last year, for the third straight season, two Big Ten programs earned a spot in the 12-team field of the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. Michigan, which claimed a sixth straight Big Ten Championship last year, collected its 12th straight berth in the NCAA Championships and 13th appearance overall to lead all League schools. Iowa advanced to the NCAA Championships for just the second time in school history after the program made its first showing the previous season.