Stellar Semifinal Performance Launches Michigan into NCAA Team Finals
Stellar Semifinal Performance starts Michigan in the NCAA team finals
04/16/2021 4:25 p.m.
// Megan McIntosh
Michigan used its best NCAA championship score in program history to advance to the NCAA team finals.
“The Wolverines also had top performances in the NCAA program on balance beam and floor exercises.
“Sierra Brooks had the best results of the session on beams, floors, and all-round.
Page? ˅: Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena)
Event: NCAA Championships (Semifinals I)
Score: # 2 Michigan 197.8625, # 3 Florida 197.4375, # 6 Cal 197.3625, # 8 Minnesota 197.1875
Recording: UM (26-2)
Next UM event: Saturday, April 17th – at the NCAA Team Finals (Fort Worth, Texas) at 2:30 p.m. CDT
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Fort Worth, Texas – The University of Michigan women’s gym runner-up team makes it to the NCAA team final after winning the first NCAA championship semifinal with a Friday afternoon (April 16) of 197.8625 at Dickies Arena.
Michigan led the field with four teams with the best NCAA scores in program history, while Florida also advanced with 197.4375. Cal finished third with 197.3625 and Minnesota rounded off the semifinals with 197.1875.
The Wolverines used the best NCAA results in Michigan history for the balance beam (49.4750) and floor exercise (49.6500) to promote them to Saturday’s team final. UM will fight for its first national championship in program history on Saturday (April 17th) at 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Michigan will be supported by Florida and the two best teams from the second semi-finals onwards.
Sophomore Sierra Brooks had the highest scores in the first session on the bar (9,9500), the floor (9,9500, linked to Minnesota’s Mya Hooten) and all-round (39,650), and gave her a shot at three national singles championships. However, after the second session ended, Brooks’ results lagged behind the individual titles.
The Wolverines fired on all cylinders in the beam behind a Brooks 9.9500 in four places Abby Heiskell anchored the event at 9.9000 for Maize and Blue and brought Michigan to the top with 49.4750 after the first rotation in the Dickies Arena.
Corn and Blue also impressed in the second rotation when they got the best bottom mark in program history at the NCAA Championships at 49,6500 as all five goalscorers scored 9.9000 or better. On the second place, Nicoletta Koulos tied a career-best 9,9000 while Natalie Wojcik scored a 9.9250. Heiskell and Gabby Wilson matching earned 9.9375s and Brooks took the lead on the event with 9.9500.
Heiskell started the vault rotation with a team best of 9.9000 and finished second in the first session, while Wojcik, Wilson and Freshman Naomi Morrison All scored 9.8750 seconds, finishing fifth in the first session of the vault. After three full spins, the Wolverines retained a lead over the field with a running score of 148.4750.
In its most recent rotation, Brooks earned 9.9250 on uneven bars to finish second with former teammate Maggie O’Hara, a 2020 UM graduate who is now studying in Arkansas. Wilson made 9,9000 to secure the session win and send Michigan to the national championship.
The Wolverines had three of the four best finishers of the session in the all-round. In addition to Brooks’ session-leading result, Wilson was third (39.6000) and Heiskell was fourth (39.5875).
Michigan achieved a total of 14 All-America performances, with Brooks having four honors in the first team and Heiskell with three leading the way. Wilson had two first-team honors among their four overall awards. First team honors go to places 1 to 4 (including a tie) in the session and second team recognition to places 5 to 8 (and a tie).
All-America First Team (9)
Vault: Heiskell (T2)
Uneven bars: Brooks (T2)
Balance beam: streams (1)
Floor exercise: Brooks (T1), Heiskell (T3), Wilson (T3)
All around: Brooks (1), Wilson (3), Heiskell (4)
All-America Second Team (5)
Vaults: Wojcik (T5), Wilson (T5), Morrison (T5)
Uneven Bars: Wilson (T5)
Floor exercise: Wojcik (T6)