Michigan women’s gymnastics wins its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship
Make it four Big Ten championships in a row for the Michigan women’s gymnastics team.
The Wolverines won the Big Ten title on Saturday, claiming their fourth straight and 23rd overall championship title.
Michigan scored an overall total of 197.300, staving off Illinois by less than a half point in the overall scoring.
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) March 19, 2017
This is the second Big Ten title in a week for Michigan as the Wolverines, along with Nebraska, clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title last weekend.
The Wolverines were led by senior Nicole Artz, who claimed the all-around title with a score of 39.500, as well as the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year honor. Followed closely by Artz in the all-around competition was her teammate Olivia Karas and Illinois’ Lizzy DeLuc, who scored 39.450 and 39.425, respectively.
Karas and Emma McLean also took home individual titles for the Wolverines. Karas won the floor and McLean won the vault for Michigan, while Illinois’ Mary Jane Horth won the bars title. LeDuc, along with Iowa’s Mollie Drenth and Michigan’s Talia Chiarelli, recorded a 9.925 on the beam to share the title.
The individual awards were capped off with Iowa’s Larissa Libby winning Coach of the Year, and Nebraska’s Taylor Houchin winning Freshman of the Year.
Michigan and Michigan State led the conference with four gymnasts each on the All-Championships Team, while Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska each had three gymnasts on the list.
The 2017 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships will take place April 14-15 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.