2017 Big Ten Champions Wolverines Capture 23rd Big Ten Title

March In

Michigan was happy to have Cadet McCraw lead them around the Big Ten Championships meet

Uneven Bars

Bars Highlights

  • Lexi Funk, Olivia Karas and Polina Shchennikova each scored a 9.800 to start out the meet.
  • Brianna Brown scored a 9.850 to tie for ninth in just her second performance since returning to the lineup
  • Senior Nicole Artz led the team with a 9.875 to tie for fifth overall
  • Michigan finished the rotation with a 49.125; fifth straight meet over a 49.000

Beam Highlights

  • Senior Talia Chiarelli anchored a beam lineup that set Michigan apart from the competition with her 9.925 to tie for the event victory
  • Three Michigan gymnasts scored a 9.875, including Olivia Karas to lead off, Paige Zaziski (matched career high) and Nicole Artz to all tie for seventh place
  • Junior Lauren Marinez added a 9.850 to tie for 10th
  • Michigan and Iowa tied for the top beam score in the meet, each posting a 49.400
  • It was the second highest score of the season for the Wolverines

Floor Highlights

  • Michigan was one of two teams to score over a 49.400 on floor in the meet
  • Three Wolverines scored 9.900 or better
  • Olivia Karas tied for the win on floor with a 9.925, her fifth 9.900 or better on the event this season
  • Nicole Artz and Emma McLean each scored a 9.900 to tie for fifth overall
  • McLean has scored 9.900 or better in five straight meets and eight overall while Artz also eight 9.900's or better on the event
  • Talia Chiarelli scored a 9.875 and Lexi Funk recorded a 9.825

Vault Highlights

  • The Wolverines scored their second highest vault score of the season with a 49.350
  • Emma McLean had the top score of the meet with a 9.975 to match a career high and win the Big Ten Championship
  • McLean has six vaults of 9.900 or better for the year
  • Three gymnasts tallied a 9.850, including Paige Zaziski, Nicole Artz and Olivia Karas to tie for eighth overall
  • Talia Chiarelli rounded out the top scores with a 9.825

All-Around Highlights

  • Nicole Artz won the all-around with a 39.500, her fifth win in the all-around this season
  • Olivia Karas took second in the all-around with a score of 39.450
  • Lexi Funk also competed in the all-around, placing 10th with a 39.125

Event Champions

  • Michigan had four individual Big Ten Champions, giving them 91 all-time. Finishing first on their events were Emma McLean (vault), Talia Chiarelli (balance beam), Olivia Karas (floor exercise) and Nicole Artz (all-around)
  • Artz is the 14th U-M gymnast to win the Big Ten all-around championship. She earned her sixth career Big Ten title to tie for fifth most in conference history.
  • Chiarelli claimed her second career title to go with her 2015 floor win. It is the third straight year a U-M gymnast won beam.
  • Karas made it four straight years for U-M with a floor championship as she earned her first career Big Ten title
  • McLean won a championship for the first time in her career, giving Michigan its first vault title since Katie Zurales in 2013. Her score was the fourth best in school history at the Big Ten Championships.
  • All four individuals were also named to the All-Big Ten Championships Team

23rd Big Ten Championship in School History

  • Michigan has now won 10 more Big Ten Championships than the other conference schools have combined
  • The Wolverines made it a four-peat with a season-high road score of 197.300
  • Head coach Bev Plocki has led U-M to 22 of its 23 titles as Michigan has won 22 of the last 26 years
  • Michigan won both the regular season and tournament Big Ten Championship

Four Years at Michigan, Four Big Ten Titles

  • Nicole Artz and Talia Chiarelli swept the Big Ten Championships during their college career. Congrats to our amazing seniors on their outstanding careers.

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