MINNEAPOLIS — No. 11 Michigan held on in the final rotation to defeat No. 24 Minnesota 193.150-193.000 on Saturday. Sachi Sugiyama, who was competing as an all-around performer for the first time in her collegiate career, tied for first on vault and bars and claimed the title with a score of 39.050.
The Wolverines started the meet on uneven bars by virtue of being the visiting team. Despite recording two falls, Natalie Beilstein and Sugiyama tied for first with consecutive 9.800 scores, while Katie Zurales tied for third (9.750). Shelby Gies was sixth with a 9.650 score.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 5 Alabama 196.175, No. 9 Penn St. 196.100|
|No. 11 Mich. 193.150, No. 24 Minn. 193.000|
|No. 12 Ohio State 195.900, GWU 188.900|
|No. 18 NC State 194.200, UIC 193.050|
|No. 21 W. Virginia 193.475, 193.225|
Michigan responded on vault, overtaking Minnesota with a 49.075 team score. Sugiyama and Joanna Sampson, the final two performers in the rotation, tied for first with 9.850 scores while Zurales tied for third (9.825) and Beilstein tied for fifth (9.800).
Each Michigan gymnast recorded at least a 9.725 score, and when coupled with three falls by the Golden Gophers on bars, U-M led at the halfway point, 97.325-96.525.
The meet tightened as the Wolverines moved to floor, where they scored a 47.350. Sampson and Sugiyama once again led the way for Michigan with consecutive 9.800 scores, while Reema Zakharia scored a 9.750.
Michigan recorded three slip-ups on floor, including one from Beilstien, who did not finish her routine after appearing to suffer an injury during her first pass. After three rotations, Michigan led 144.675-144.075.
Michigan needed every point to hold on to its lead heading into the final rotation. Zurales, the team’s final competitor, won the beam title for the second week in a row, sealing the victory with a 9.825.
She was followed by Sampson, who tied for second with a 9.750, and Zakharia, who was fourth with a 9.700. Minnesota scored a 48.925 on floor during the fourth rotation, but Michigan did just enough to seal the victory.