Two Big Ten women's gymnastics teams and five individual gymnasts represented the conference at the 2015 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.
NCAA Championship Central: Two Big Ten women's gymnastics teams and five individual gymnasts represented the Big Ten at the 2015 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships at Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Despite putting up the program's second-highest score at the NCAA Championships (197.025), the Michigan women's gymnastics team came up short of advancing to the Super Six, finishing fourth in the first semifinal on Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Nebraska women's gymnastics team also placed fourth in its semifinal session with 196.675 points. Illinois' Giana O'Connor, Michigan's Nicole Artz, Talia Chiarelli and Sachi Sugiyama and Nebraska's Hollie Blanske and Jessie DeZiel represented the Big Ten in the individual event finals. For more on the NCAA Championships, click here.
Regional Representation: Women's gymnasts from all 10 Big Ten schools competed in the NCAA Regional Championships. Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State will represent the conference in team competition, while three gymnasts and one alternate from Rutgers will participate in various individual events. For more on the regionals, click here.
Wolverines Bring Home the Hardware: Michigan earned the 2015 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title, securing its 21st overall and second consecutive title. The Wolverines tallied 197.825 points en route to the team title, followed by Illinois in second place with 197.350. Nebraska finished in third with 196.875 points, Penn State placed fourth with 196.725 and Iowa rounded out the top five with 196.500 points. Michigan's Nicole Artz won the beam with a score of 9.950 en route to the all-around title with a score of 39.650. Artz also tied for first on the bars with Nebraska's Jennie Laeng (9.950), while Minnesota's Lindsay Mable claimed the vault title with a tally of 9.950. Michigan's Talia Chiarelli and Sachi Sugiyama and Minnesota's Mable all posted matching scores of 9.925 on the floor exercise to share the title. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click here.
Regular-Season Title: Michigan clinched the regular-season Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championship after finishing with a 9-0 Big Ten record. The Wolverines placed first with 197.000 points in their Big Five meet against Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State and Rutgers en route to their second regular-season title and first since 2013. For more on the title, click here.
And the Award Goes to: The conference's individual awards were also given out following the championships. Minnesota's Mable was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, marking the seventh honor in Golden Gopher history and first since Laura Johnson in 2006. Michigan's Brianna Brown and Penn State's Briannah Tsang were tabbed the Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Year, while Michigan head coach Bev Plocki was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Eighteen student-athletes were named to the All-Championships Team. Illinois' Mary Jane Horth, Sunny Kato and Gianna O'Connor, Iowa's Mollie Drenth, Allie Glover, Sydney Hoerr and Angel Metcalf, Maryland's Karen Tang, Michigan's Nicole Artz, Brianna Brown, Briley Cassanova, Talia Chiarelli and Sachi Sugiyama, Michigan State's Kira Frederick and Elena Lagoski, Minnesota's Rachel Haines and Lindsay Mable and Nebraska's Jennie Laeng received recognition for their performances at the championships. For more on the honors, click here.
Academic Success: The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 735 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 67 women's gymnasts. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For more on the honors, click here.