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Michigan Wins Women's Gymnastics Championship


Piscataway, N.J.
– Michigan earned the 2017 Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships title on Saturday, securing its 23rd overall and fourth-consecutive title. The Wolverines tallied 197.300 points en route to the team title, followed by Illinois in second place with 196.875. Iowa finished in third with 196.725 points, Nebraska placed fourth with 196.475, Ohio State earned fifth with 195.525, while Michigan State and Penn State rounded out the top six with 195.200 apiece.

Michigan’s Nicole Artz earned the all-around title with a 39.500, followed in second by teammate Olivia Karas with a 39.450 and Illinois’ Lizzy LeDuc in third with a 39.425. Michigan’s Emma McLean won the vault title with a score 9.975, earning the highest score on an individual event in the meet. Illinois’ Mary Jane Horth recorded a 9.925 to win on bars, while Illinois’ LeDuc, Iowa’s Mollie Drenth and Michigan’s Talia Chiarelli each tallied a 9.925 on beam to share the event title. Michigan’s Karas took home the floor title with a 9.925 for the Wolverines.

The conference's individual awards were also given out following the championships. Michigan’s Artz was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, marking the tenth time a Wolverine has won the award. Nebraska's Taylor Houchin was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Iowa head coach Larissa Libby was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

Twenty-five students were named to the All-Championships Team. Illinois’ Bridget Hodan, Mary Jane Horth and Lizzy LeDuc, Iowa’s Mollie Drenth, Angel Metcalf and Lanie Snyder, Michigan’s Nicole Artz, Talia Chiarelli, Olivia Karas and Emma McLean, Michigan State’s Nicola Deans, Kira Frederick, Elena Lagoski and Hailee Westney, Minnesota’s Ciara Gardner, Hannah Hitchcock and Paige Williams, Nebraska’s Sienna Crouse, Taylor Houchin and Jennie Laeng, Ohio State’s Alexis Mattern, Penn State’s Sabrina Garcia and Briannah Tsang, and Rutgers’ Claire Jones and Makenzey Shank received recognition for their performances at the championships.

The conference's Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found below.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Gymnast of the Year: Nicole Artz, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
Coach of the Year: Larissa Libby, Iowa

ALL-CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Bridget Hodan, Illinois
Mary Jane Horth, Illinois
Lizzy LeDuc, Illinois
Mollie Drenth, Iowa
Angel Metcalf, Iowa
Lanie Snyder, Iowa
Nicole Artz, Michigan
Talia Chiarelli, Michigan
Olivia Karas, Michigan
Emma McLean, Michigan
Nicola Deans, Michigan State
Kira Frederick, Michigan State
Elena Lagoski, Michigan State
Hailee Westney, Michigan State
Ciara Gardner, Minnesota
Hannah Hitchcock, Minnesota
Paige Williams, Minnesota
Sienna Crouse, Nebraska
Taylor Houchin, Nebraska
Jennie Laeng, Nebraska
Alexis Mattern, Ohio State
Sabrina Garcia, Penn State
Briannah Tsang, Penn State
Claire Jones, Rutgers
Makenzey Shank, Rutgers

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Jordyn Givens, Illinois
Nicole Chow, Iowa
Sarah Faller, Maryland
Emma McLean, Michigan
Molly Hoerner-O’Malley, Michigan State
Kaitlin Rahon, Minnesota
Catelyn Orel, Nebraska
Jaine VanPutten, Ohio State
Nicole Medvitz, Penn State
Libby Groden, Rutgers

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Team Standing

Session 1

Place

 Team

Score 

6

 Michigan State

195.200 

8

 Minnesota

195.175 

9

 Rutgers

194.700 

10

 Maryland

193.625 

Session 2

Place

 Team

Score 

1

 Michigan

197.300 

2

 Illinois

196.875 

3

 Iowa

196.725 

4

 Nebraska

196.475 

5

 Ohio State

195.525 

6

 Penn State

195.200


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Session I VAULT BARS BEAM FLOOR    
Rotation 1 MD MSU MINN RU    
Rotation 2 RU MD MSU MINN    
Rotation 3 MINN RU MD MSU    
Rotation 4 MSU MINN RU MD    
 
Session II VAULT BYE1 BARS BEAM BYE2 FLOOR
Rotation 1 OSU MICH PSU NEB ILL IOWA
Rotation 2 IOWA OSU MICH PSU NEB ILL
Rotation 3 ILL IOWA OSU MICH PSU NEB
Rotation 4 NEB ILL IOWA OSU MICH PSU
Rotation 5 PSU NEB ILL IOWA OSU MICH
Rotation 6 MICH PSU NEB ILL IOWA OSU


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2017 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championship Preview
The 2017 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be held on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J.

Rosemont, Ill. - The 2017 Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships will be held on Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. All 10 conference squads will compete in one of Saturday’s two sessions, and the team with the highest score, regardless of the session, will win the Big Ten Championship.

Each team’s finish at last weekend’s Big Five meets determined the order of appearance at the conference championships. At Saturday’s championships, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota and Rutgers will compete in the afternoon session at Noon ET, while the evening session will feature Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, beginning at 5 p.m. Michigan earned last season’s Big Ten Championship, securing its third-consecutive and 22nd championship overall. The Wolverines’ Nicole Artz will look to defend her floor exercise and balance beam titles from a year ago, while Nebraska’s Grace Williams also returns to defend her title on the balance beam.

Four conference teams enter the Big Ten Championships ranked in the Road to Nationals Top 25 poll. Michigan leads the pack with a No. 9 ranking, followed by No. 13 Nebraska, No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Ohio State.

Michigan and Nebraska each clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title on Saturday after finishing the season with an 8-1 Big Ten record. The Wolverines earned the third regular-season title in program history, while the Huskers secured a second title.