Women's Gymnastics Opens 2009 Campaign this Weekend

Jan. 8, 2009

PARK RIDGE, ILL. -

The 2009 Big Ten women’s gymnastics season kicks off this weekend with all seven teams in action.

Three Big Ten schools will open the spring slate, Friday, Jan. 9,  as No. 8 Michigan, No. 16 Illinois, and  No. 17 Michigan State travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Michigan State Quad.  The meet will be televised by the Big Ten Network and is set to air at 7 p.m. CT.

Three teams will enter spring competition in front of home crowds, beginning with Iowa, who will play host to Southeast Missouri State and No. 7 LSU inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena., Friday. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota will begin their regular season with a home meet against Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 10, while Penn State prepares to welcome in-state rival Pittsburgh at Rec Hall that same evening.

The No. 21 Ohio State Buckeyes  begins its non-conference season on the road as the Scarlet and Gray take on No. 12 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday.