In advance of the NCAA Regional that the Michigan women's gymnastics squad is hosting at Crisler on Saturday, annarbor.com ran a profile of senior tri-captain Trish Wilson, who deserves some special attention heading into her final appearance at Crisler given that:
Wilson has torn her anterior cruciate ligament four times and had six knee surgeries since her days at Nequa Valley High School in Naperville, Ill.
Her fourth torn ACL, and the third on her right knee, came just before her junior year, and she sat out that entire season. According to a profile in the winter 2011 edition of M Magazine, Wilson had initially decided not to return to competition during her senior year but eventually changed her mind. She returned for the fifth meet of the 2011 season, competing only on the uneven bars. Amazingly enough, after all those surgeries, she won her event twice this year and matched her career high of 9.925 in the tri-meet against Nebraska and powerhouse Stanford.
Outside the gym, Wilson has also excelled, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in both 2010 and 2011. From the annarbor.com story:
A senior in the Ross School of Business, Wilson already has a job in waiting for her in Chicago after graduation. Through the pain and recovery, gymnastics has been her escape from school and other stress.
“Gymnastics is actually my getaway. It’s so much fun to go to practice and be with my team,” she said. “That’s where I go to get away from all the stress in my life. It keeps me going. It allows me to have fun. I would not look back for a second.
“Once I made the decision to stay with the team this year, there were no regrets.”
Late addition: Bev Plocki, the women's gymnastics coach, was interviewed on WTKA's Michigan Insider this morning, and she talked at length about Trish Wilson. The podcast can be found here.