ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fueled by a 49.225 team score on floor during the fourth rotation, No. 10 Michigan rallied to defeat archrival Ohio State, winning 195.500-195.175, on Friday night in the season opener.
Four different Michigan gymnasts won individual titles during the meet, including Katie Zurales, who posted a 39.300 as an all-around competitor for the first time in her collegiate career.
The Wolverines started off the meet hot on vault, scoring a 49.300 as every competitor scored above a 9.80. Joanna Sampson led the way with a 9.90, followed by a pair of 9.85 scores from Sachi Sugiyama and Natalie Beilstein.
The remaining three Michigan gymnasts in the rotation — Brittnee Martinez, Stephanie Colbert and Zurales — each scored 9.80.
Michigan held its lead through the second rotation, championed by Martinez, who scored a 9.85. Like on vault, a trio of Wolverines scored consecutive 9.80 scores, including Shelby Gies, Sugiyama and Beilstein. Michigan scored a 49.025 on bars, leading Ohio State, 98.325-97.650, after two rotations.
Ohio State held a slim 146.500-146.275 lead following the third rotation, which saw Michigan record two falls on the balance beam. Gies recorded a 9.700, while Martinez scored a 9.750, but it was Zurales who saved the day as she posted a 9.875 as the team’s final competitor.
Feeding off Zurales’ beam performance, the Wolverines took the top three spots on the awards stand on floor. Beilstein, the team’s final competitor in the lineup, put an exclamation point on the meet after tying a career high with a 9.925 to win the event.
She was followed by Reema Zakharia who scored a 9.875, Sampson and Zurales, who kicked off floor with consecutive 9.825 scores.