After a slow start to the season, the Michigan Wolverines came ready to fight in a Big 10 conference matchup against the Maryland Terrapins. Michigan tallied a season high 196.400 to top Maryland’s 193.525.
In the first rotation, Maryland posted a respectable 48.575. Sophomore Collea Burgess was the top scorer with a 9.775 for a solid Yurchenko full. Freshman Audrey Barber and junior Alecia Farina both brought in a pair of 9.750’s. Michigan started on bars and was solid throughout. The rotation was capped off by Wolverine freshman phenom Natalie Wojcik’s 9.875.
Maryland headed to bars in the second rotation where they scored their highest team total of the meet. Barber and Burgess both scored 9.800’s to push the Terrapins to a 48.700. On vault, Michigan was missing their senior leader Emma McLean, who is typically a solid score on both vault and floor. Nevertheless, the Wolverines pulled through and managed a 48.950. Freshman Abby Brenner hit a clean Yurchenko one-and-a-half for a 9.825 and Wojcik followed with a stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half of her own for a 9.925.
In the third rotation, Maryland showed some solid sets on beam. Burgess brought in a 9.850 while Farina rocked her set for a 9.875. Over on floor, Michigan looked confident and had fun showing off their routines. Brenner scored a career high 9.850, as did Wojcik with a 9.9. Senior Olivia Karas anchored the lineup and won the event with a 9.925.
In the last rotation, Michigan ran away with the win after posting a 49.225. The event was highlighted by Wojcik’s 9.925 after a flawless routine. Junior Lexi Funk contributed a solid 9.875. On floor, Barber brought in a 9.800, which was the highest score for Maryland on the event. Burgess, Farina and sophomore Sabriyya Rouse all scored 9.775’s.
In the end it was all about Michigan, who is surely happy to walk away with their season-high score while on the road. Wojcik won vault, bars, beam and the all-around title with a 39.625. Karas finished second with a 39.350 while also taking home the floor title. Barber finished third in the all-around with a 39.125.Tags: Abby Brenner, Alecia Farina, Audrey Barber, Collea Burgess, Emma McLean, Lexi Funk, Maryland, Maryland Terrapins, Michigan, Michigan Wolverines, Natalie Wojcik, NCAA Gymnastics, Olivia Karas, Sabriyya Rouse