Big Ten Champions! All-around winner Heiskell leads Wolverines to 26th title

Big Ten Champions! All-around winner Heiskell leads Wolverines to 26th title

03/19/2022 21:19:00

// Megan McIntosh

Michigan won its 26th Big Ten championship.
» Abby Heiskel was a three-time Big Ten champion, including winning the all-around.
» Sierra Brooks (vault) and Natalie Wojcik (beam) also won individual titles.
UM scored 198,200 for the first 198 in Big Ten Championships history.

To place: Columbus, Ohio (Covelli Center)

Event: Big Ten Championships

Result of the UM team: 1st place of 10 teams (198.200)

Disk: U-M (23-1)

Next UM event: Tuesday, March 22 – NCAA Draft Show (NCAA.com), noon

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Columbus, Ohio — The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team won the program’s 26th Big Ten conference championship by scoring the first-ever 198 in Big Ten championship history with a 198.200 on Saturday evening (March 19) at the Covelli Center on the Ohio State Campus.

Michigan State placed second overall with a 197.050, and Iowa rounded out the top three with a 196.950.

Senior Abby Heiskel led the Wolverines in becoming the 10th gymnast from Michigan to win the Big Ten all-around title with a 39.700, while she also won a share of the individual championships on uneven bars and floor exercise.

UM had an individual champion in all four events, as Sierra Brooks scored a perfect 10.0, the second of his career, on vault and Natalie Wojcik won a share of the individual beam title with a 9.950. In total, the Wolverines finished in the top three nine times in the championship event and scored 49.375 or better in all four events.

Michigan’s best score of the night came on vault as four scorers scored 9.950 or more to lead the team to 49.725, while the five scoring gymnasts scored 9.900 or more on floor with Heiskell leading the pack for a team score of 49.575. Finally, the Wolverines earned a 49.525 on uneven bars and a 49.375 on balance beam.

Second year Naomi Morrison and junior Gaby Wilson put up a strong 9.850 to start the first rotation for UM on beam before Brooks hit a 9.875. Heiskell tied Morrison and Wilson with a 9.850 before Wojcik dropped anchor with a whopping 9.950, which would keep the tie for the title. Michigan scored a 49.375 in the first rotation, behind Minnesota, which scored a 49.525 on uneven bars, while leading both Ohio State and Michigan State.

UM brought the energy to the ground starting with a 9.900 from senior Abby Brenner and followed with a 9.950 from Heiskell. Michigan would post five 9.900 scores in its second rotation as Morrison and Brooks hit back-to-back 9.900s and Wilson closed the rotation with a 9.925 to put the Wolverines in the lead after two full rotations with a running score of 98.950.

The fire continued on vault as Wojcik, Heiskell and Morrison posted three straight 9.950s before Brooks scored his second 10.0 on vault this season to claim the title and lead Michigan to a team score of 49.725 in the third rotation.

Heiskell’s stellar night continued as she led the uneven bars with a 9.950 that earned her third championship title of the day, and Brenner, Morrison and Jacey Vore all scored 9.900 to secure Michigan the 2022 Big Ten Championship.

The Wolverines will find out where they’re headed for the 2022 NCAA Regional Region on Tuesday (March 22) on the NCAA Selection Show at noon on NCAA.com.

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