Michigan No.1 to open 2022 season by welcoming Georgia No.15 to Crisler

1/4/2022 13:53:00

// Megan McIntosh

Michigan was voted No. 1 in the WCGA preseason poll for the first time in program history.
Wolverines return 10 winners and add three freshmen to the roster.
Michigan and Georgia will meet for the first time since 2018. UM has won four of the last five meetings.

Thursday January 6 – vs # 15 Georgia (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No.1-ranked University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team opens its 2022 campaign Thursday, Jan.6 against No.15 Georgia at the Crisler Center. The Wolverines and Bulldogs meet at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on B1G + with Ashley and Brittany Buhler on call.

Wolverine bites

• For the first time in program history, the Wolverines are ranked No. 1 in the WCGA Preseason Poll. Michigan received 37 votes for the first place.

• The Wolverines were also the unanimous choice to win the Big Ten Conference in the 2022 season, with Minnesota second and Iowa third.

• Michigan returns 10 winners for the 2021 team and has added three freshmen to its roster for the 2022 campaign.

• The head coach Bev plocki entering his 33rd season at the helm of the program and is the reigning WCGA Coach of the Year after leading UM to his first-ever national title. With Plocki, Scott sherman returns for its 26th year and Maile’ana Kanewa-Hermelyn will be entering her third season as an assistant coach. Also back for the 2022 season, the volunteer assistant coach Lexi funk.

• Elders Abby brenner and Abby heiskell, with junior Sierra brooks, have been named captains for the 2022 season. Brenner will be captain for the second year, while Heiskell and Brooks will begin their first seasons as team captain.

• The Wolverines are ready to defend their national championship, resuming all of their vault, uneven bars and floor exercise lineups, while losing only one exercise on beam.

• Michigan finished the 2021 season as the nation’s top team on vault, ranked third on uneven bars, fourth on beam and 12th on floor. UM also set program records on bars (49.725) and beam (49.600), while posting the second highest jump (49.800) and floor totals (49.650) in program history.

Opponent overview

Michigan follows 41-11 all-time streak

Despite Georgia holding the all-time series record against Michigan, the Wolverines have won four of the last five games against the Bulldogs, earning four straight wins – two wins in 2015, one home win in 2016 and one win. in the NCAA semifinals. in 2017. UM and Georgia will meet for the first time since the 2018 campaign, when Michigan lost to the Bulldogs in the NCAA Regional.

Georgia comes to Ann Arbor in 15th place in the WCGA preseason poll after placing third in the 2021 region behind Minnesota and Denver. The Bulldogs return an experienced class for the 2022 season that posted consistent scores of 9,900 or better all last season, while bringing four juniors and three sophomores back to the roster from a year ago.


Saturday January 15th – vs. Arizona State (Crisler Center), 4 p.m.