March 22, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -
The 2013 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships are set for Saturday at Jenison Field House on the campus of Michigan State University. The eight conference squads will split up into two sessions of four teams to compete for the Big Ten title.
The teams have been split into the two sessions based on their season-ending regional qualifying score (RQS). The evening session will feature the top four teams in the conference, while the afternoon session will showcase teams Nos. 5-8. The first session of the championships is set for 1:05 p.m. ET, with the second session following at 6:05 p.m. Both sessions will be broadcast live on BTN.
Michigan earned the top seed entering the Big Ten Championships, holding an RQS of 197.175, which ranks fourth nationally. The Wolverines will be joined in the evening session by No. 2 Nebraska (196.840), No. 3 Minnesota (196.365) and No. 4 Penn State (196.365). The afternoon session will feature No. 5 Illinois (196.080), No. 6 Ohio State (195.825), No. 7 Iowa (195.600) and No. 8 Michigan State (194.605).
Nebraska won the 2012 Big Ten Championships in its first year in the conference last season, while Michigan holds the record for most conference titles, having won 19, including 12 out of the last 14. Minnesota and Ohio State have each won five championships, while Illinois has won one. Three event champions from a season ago return for this year's event, as Michigan’s Sachi Sugiyama and Nebraska’s Jessie DeZiel and Emily Wong look to earn event crowns again in 2013. Wong took the all-around crown and shared the balance beam title with Illinois’ Kelsey Joannides and the floor exercise crown with teammates DeZiel and Lora Evenstad, while Sugiyama won the vault competition.
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