April 24, 2010
On the final night of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, three Big Ten gymnasts garnered top eight honors in four different events Saturday at the Steven C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.
Michigan’s Natalie Beilstein placed seventh on floor, teammate Kylee Botterman was seventh on vault, and Penn State’s Brandi Personett was second on floor and seventh on balance beam.
Personett finished second in Saturday’s floor final, scoring a 9.900, and was seventh on the balance beam, recording a 9.8375. The senior and Honda Award candidate earned first team All-American honors on the balance beam, floor exercise and all-around.
Nittany Lion teammate Sharaya Musser competed on vault during the individual event finals, finishing 17th with an effort of 9.4813. She finished the 2010 championships earning first-team All-America status on vault and all-around, and was second-team on the balance beam and floor exercise.
Botterman finished seventh overall in the vault final, finishing with a two-score average of 9.7938. Also on vault, teammate Brittnee Martinez completed her two runs with an average of 9.7188, good for a share of 12th place. Both earned first-team All-American honors in the event.
Over on floor, Beilstein finished tied for seventh, earning a spot on the podium after a routine that scored a 9.8750. Over on the balance beam, teammate Kelsey Knutson finished in ninth place, finishing with an effort of 9.7000. Both earned first team All-America honors during Thursday’s preliminaries.
Illinois’ Allison Buckley placed 16th overall in the vault finals, finishing with an average score of 9.5063. The junior earned first-team All-America honors during Thursday’s preliminary round, tying for third on vault during the first semifinal.