Georgia at Michigan
|Full Results||Michigan: 197.750||Georgia: 194.500|
|VT: Brooks, Guggino, Hesikell, Roberts 9.900||UB: Wojcik 9.950||BB: Wojcik 9.950||FX: Wilson 9.950||AA: Wojcik 39.650|
The Big Storyline: In a symbolic passing of the torch, reigning national champion Michigan proved it’s still the team to beat in 2022 while Georgia struggled throughout the meet.
Implications: The Wolverines put the competition on notice: They have no intention of relinquishing the top spot without a fight. It is worth noting, however, that only seven gymnasts competed; presumably, head coach Bev Plocki will opt to test her depth as the season progresses.
A pre-meet elbow injury to star senior Rachel Baumann was the beginning of several issues for Georgia. The Gymdogs posted a respectable 49.100 on vault but were unable to top 48.600 on the remaining three events. Their 194.500 drops them from No. 16 to No. 21 nationally.
Records: Michigan smashed its previous season opening record by over five tenths and bested the Big Ten record (previously held by Nebraska) by nearly four tenths. It also ties Oklahoma for the third highest opening score in NCAA history. Senior Abby Heiskell tied her career-best 9.925 on beam.
Current Rankings: No. 15 Georgia at No. 1 Michigan
Why You Should Cancel Plans for It: If you need an excuse to cancel plans to watch the defending champs…we’re not sure what to tell you. The Wolverines are set to pick up right where they left off, six 10.0 vaults and all. It’s also our first look at a Georgia team that is starting to get desperate for a fully put-together season.
What We’re Watching: Michigan’s lineups are one to watch: Abby Brenner is back from injury, but will she earn her old lineup spots back? And who will step in for the injured Carly Bauman? It’s also our first look at Georgia freshmen Riley Milbrandt and Maeve Hahn.
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: Georgia is 42-11 all time versus Michigan, but the Wolverines enter this contest the heavy favorites.
- Video Type: BTN+
- Video: https://www.bigtenplus.com/en-int/schedule?date=2022-01-06
- Scores: http://sidearmstats.com/umichigan/wgym/
- Live Blog: http://collegegymnews.com/2022/01/06/live-blog-no-15-georgia-at-no-1-michigan/
- Live Blog Editor: Rebecca