Season’s best balance beam score propels Wolverines to regional final
// Megan McIntosh
Wolverines finished second in their second round to advance to Saturday’s regional final.
» Natalie Wojcik (uneven bars) and Gaby Wilson (floor exercise) both won individual regional titles.
Michigan scored a season-high 49.550 on beam, the second-highest score on beam in program history.
Site: Raleigh, NC (Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum)
Event: NCAA Raleigh Regional (Second Round, Session II)
UM Team Finish: 2nd place of 4 teams (197.400)
Record: UM (25-2)
Next UM event: Saturday, April 2 – at the NCAA Regional Finals (Raleigh, NC), 5 p.m. (TV: ESPN+)
• Complete results (PDF)
RALEIGH, North Carolina – The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Raleigh Regional Finals by placing second in their second-round session, scoring 197.400 Thursday night (March 31) inside the Valvano Center at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolverines (25-2) finished second to 14th-placed UCLA, which scored 197.800 and also advanced to the four-team final on Saturday April 2. Maryland was third at 196.025 and North Carolina was fourth at 195.150.
As a team, Michigan scored a season-high 49.550 on beam, the second-highest beam score in program history.
Senior Natalie Wojcik tied for the uneven bars title with a 9.950, while Gaby Wilson defended her floor exercise title with a 9.950. Naomi Morrison placed third in the all-around with a 39.525 and had a career-high 9.925 on balance beam as the final rotation leader.
Michigan put together a strong first rotation led by a 9.950 from Wilson and a 9.900 from senior Abby Heiskel. The Wolverines scored a 49.350 to take second place behind UCLA, which recorded a 49.400 on vault in its first rotation.
Heiskell kicked off the jump spin, scoring a 9.900 for third, and Morrison followed it up with a 9.900 for the Maize and Blue. Sierra Brooks and Wilson closed out the jump rotation with a 9.850 and 9.875, respectively, as Michigan scored a 49.375 in its second rotation of the night. UM (98.775) remained second behind UCLA, which had an aggregate score of 98.875 in the third rotation.
Wojcik (9.950) and senior Abby Brenner (9.925) led Michigan to 49.125 on uneven bars in the third rotation as the Wolverines entered the final rotation holding on to second place with a running score of 147.950.
UM secured their spot in the final with a season-high 49.550 on beam behind four scores of 9.900 or better. Morrison started the rotation with a career-best 9.925, and Wilson followed with a 9.900. Brooks led the Wolverines on balance beam with a 9.950, and Wojcik closed out the rotation with a 9.925.
Michigan will compete for an NCAA regional title Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at Valvano Arena at Reynold Coliseum. Joining UM and UCLA will be first-session qualifiers No. 11 Missouri and No. 22 Iowa. The top two Saturdays will earn a trip to the NCAA Championships.