at least it's not just us?
With all the manball-womanball discussion lately, seems this deserves a mention: Michigan senior gymnast Kylee Botterman won the AAI Award at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, appropriately enough at the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.
"Considered the sport's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, Botterman was chosen for the award as the top senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I women's gymnastics. Two Wolverines have previously been finalists for the award -- Janessa Grieco (2000-03) in 2003 and Elise Ray (2001-05) in 2005 -- but no Michigan gymnast has ever won the honor."
She's already been named the Big Ten and NCAA Northeast Regional Gymnast of the Year. She and the rest of the 6th-ranked Wolverines will begin competing in the NCAA championship weekend tomorrow.
EDIT: And, in the interests of equality, the #6-ranked men's team (last year's NCAA champions), placed third in their qualifying round today, sending them on to tomorrow's NCAA finals.
UPDATE: Michigan Alum/Olympic Star Elise Ray is commentator for the live video! http://www.ncaa.com/live/2011-04-15/nc-womens-gymnastics
At Saturday's NCAA Regionals, host and 9th ranked U-M placed first in the team competition to secure its spot in the NCAA Championships in Cleveland on Fri-Sun., April 15-17. The Wolverines won three of four individual event titles and the all-around competition. Kylee Botterman captured the all-around title for the second straight year and her third straight floor exercise crown. Jordan Sexton and Trish Wilson shared the uneven bars title with matching scores of 9.900, vault title, and Joanna Sampson scored a season-best 9.900 to capture Michigan's first vault crown at regionals since 2002.
In a major upset, 4th ranked Stanford failed to advance after finishing in a tie for 4th with Minnesota. Instead, 24th ranked Kent State secured the second spot in the Championships.
|1||University of Michigan||197.075|
|2||Kent State University||195.450|
|3||Ohio State University||195.350|
|4||University of Minnesota||195.225|
|6||Iowa State University||194.800|
|1||Kylee Botterman||University of Michigan||39.500|
|2||Christina Lenny||Kent State University||39.350|
|3||Sarah Curtis||University of Michigan||39.200|
[Edit: Amended with details not available when the original entry was made last night. Thanks to Raoul for pointing out the misreported beam title. The original data was taken from the preliminary MGoBlue.com blurb before they posted their story.]