Michigan Women's Gymnastics 2004


NCAA Championships Preview

Michigan is not favored to make the Super Six this year; if they do, it will be a surprise. UCLA will have home turf advantage, and their conference rival, Stanford, will also be tough. Southern teams, Georgia and Alabama, are always strong; this year will be no different. Utah had the highest regional score, but has one of their gymnasts out with "mono."

Michigan has lost twice to Georgia and been defeated by UCLA, Alabama, Iowa and Nebraska; however, they have wins over Utah and Iowa. They have not competed with Stanford, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma or Arizona State this year. Michigan is in the evening session with UCLA, Utah, Alabama, LSU and Arizona State; it is doubtful they'll place in the top three in their session to make the "Super Six."

Team Regional Conference RQS Ave. Vault Bars Beam Floor Top Performers
Utah 197.625 n/a 197.575 197.291 n/a n/a n/a n/a Vituj/Ford/Eberle
Georgia 197.525 198.175 197.62 197.279 n/a n/a n/a n/a Byrd/Ericksen
LSU 197.5 197.275 197.4 196.829 n/a n/a n/a n/a Burkholder
UCLA 197.325 197.875 198.055 197.212 n/a n/a n/a n/a Antolin/Maloney/Richardson
Oklahoma 197.1 196.95 196.865 196.365 n/a n/a n/a n/a Tamayo/Cooney
Florida 197.05 197.225 197.355 197.054 n/a n/a n/a n/a Szmuch/King/Rue
Alabama 196.9 197.95 197.625 197.407 n/a n/a n/a n/a Rice
Oregon State 196.85 197.075 197.165 196.423 n/a n/a n/a n/a Plourde
Stanford 196.575 197.9 197.645 197.14 n/a n/a n/a n/a Leveille/Wing/Foley/Fluhrer
Arizona State 196.5 196.775 196.83 196.293 n/a n/a n/a n/a Kelly/Germaine
Nebraska 196.375 196.175 196.96 196.605 n/a n/a n/a n/a Esposito
Michigan 196.375 197.8 196.75 196.366 n/a n/a n/a n/a Ray/Ryals/Deiley
Arizona 196.375 196.775 196.785 196.44 n/a n/a n/a n/a Bisordi
North Carolina 196.35 n/a 196.99 196.243 n/a n/a n/a n/a Bumpers
BYU 196.175 n/a 197.525 196.558 n/a n/a n/a n/a Lords
Iowa State 196.15 196.925 197.21 196.927 n/a n/a n/a n/a Dethloff/Anson
Penn State 196.075 196.625 195.915 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Auburn 195.75 195.925 196.435 196.127 n/a n/a n/a n/a Puckett/Gurney
Iowa 195.725 196.5 196.73 196.32 n/a n/a n/a n/a Maday/Gran/Rue
Arkansas 195.55 194.825 196.235 195.866 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Denver 195.5 n/a 196.895 196.067 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
West Virginia 195.275 n/a 196.685 195.973 n/a n/a n/a n/a Cox/Bartgis
Kent State 194.85 n/a 196.36 195.816 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Missouri 194.4 196.425 196.85 196.45 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
North Carolina St. 194.375 n/a 196.515 195.217 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Washington 194.225 196.425 197.01 196.167 n/a n/a n/a n/a Pritchard

2004 Season Update (March 1, 2004)

Event Ranking RQS Average High
Vault 18 49.09 49.016 49.275
Elise Ray 9.89 9.803 9.925
Calli Ryals 9.85 9.862 9.925
Carol McNamara 9.825 9.806 9.85
Christine Mantilia 9.715 9.714 9.875
Becca Clauson 9.695 9.696 9.775
Jenny Deiley 9.925
Clare Flannery 9.74 9.775
Lindsey Bruck 9.375
Bars 26 48.895 48.919 49.375
Calli Ryals 9.865 9.8 9.925
Elise Ray 9.855 9.85 9.95
Chelsea Kroll 9.77 9.718 9.825
Lindsey Bruck 9.71 9.606 9.85
Jenny Deiley 9.719 9.9
Lauren Mirkovich 9.758 9.9
Christine Mantilia 9.625 9.675
Carol McNamara 9.65 9.65
Beam 17 49.08 49.031 49.475
Elise Ray 9.895 9.8 9.975
Becca Clauson 9.865 9.728 9.9
Calli Ryals 9.79 9.743 9.9
Lindsey Bruck 9.775 9.737 9.925
Chelsea Kroll 9.765 9.725 9.9
Kara Rosella 9.715 9.671 9.775
Jenny Deiley 9.8125 9.825
Carol McNamara 9.85 9.85
Floor 11 49.355 49.219 49.45
Elise Ray 9.91 9.903 9.925
Calli Ryals 9.905 9.912 9.95
Lindsey Bruck 9.88 9.872 9.925
Becca Clauson 9.85 9.784 9.9
Jenny Deiley
Carol McNamara 9.82 9.85
Christine Mantilia 9.8416 9.85
Lauren Mirkovich 9.75 9.75
Total 19 196.28 196.184 197.125
Elise Ray 39.445 39.356 39.75
Calli Ryals 39.35 39.383 39.55
Jenny Deiley

Thus far, the best way to sum up the season is that the Wolverine Lady tumblers have had to contend with injury and depth issues. The loss of Deiley early has really hurt; her opportunity to contribute as an all around performer continues to be in doubt for the remainder of the season with her ankle injury. Ryals has also had injury problems along with Kroll, and even Ray had a leg problem prior to the Georgia meet. We only have twelve ladies on the roster (3 frosh), and that is the least since I've been following the team since the late 1980s.

We continue to be a national power on the beam and floor with highs in the mid-49's, but we are weak on the vault and bars. We may be able to win the Big Ten (over Iowa) and qualify for the Top 12 by making it out of our weak region (Penn State, New Hampshire, Rutgers and an at large to be named); however, it doesn't look like we're capable of making the Super Six unless injuries heal up over the next month.

Two bright additions to this year's team are Lindsey Bruck and Carol McNamara. Bruck has been a stalwart in the floor while becoming solid on the beam, and imporving on the bars; she's only competed once on the vault. MacNamara is contributing on the floor and vault. Another frosh walk-on, Clare Flannery, is competing for the #6 spot in the vault with Mantillia, and is becoming better each meet.

Two keys to finishing a successful season besides the healing of the injuries are the consistency of Mirkovich on the bars, and the comeback of Deiley for all-around. The leadership of Ray and Ryals and the improvement of Bruck will be key as well. Thus far, Kroll, hasn't competed on the vault or floor, but has on the bars and beam. The return of Deiley plus the improvement of Bruck has placed Rosella into the #7 spot on the beam competing with Clausen and Kroll for the competition spots.

High Points in 2004
Beating Utah (come from behind win in last event)
Top score of 197.80 at the Big Ten Championships
Avenging an earlier defeat by Iowa at the Big Ten Championships

Low Points in 2004
Losing to Iowa
Losing to West Virginia including a 48.6 on the floor

Poor beam (48.425), floor (47.975) and overall (194.65) vs. Minnesota

Poor vault (48.125) vs. MSU

(average scores from all meets in parentheses)
: Elise Ray (9.87 in 2002), Jenny Deiley (9.83), Becca Clauson (9.84), Calli Ryals (9.81), Chelsea Kroll (9.81), Lindsey Bruck, Christine Mantilia and Clare Flannery.

Ray is a returning All-American on Vault! Team average in 2003 was 49.09! We were consistent in this event, but not outstanding; definitely room for improvement. We were ranked 9th nationally in this event after March, and finished 6th of 6 teams in the finals in this event.

UNEVEN BARS: Elise Ray (9.87 in 2002), Calli Ryals (9.80), Jennifer Deiley (9.85), Lauren Mirkovich (9.74), Christine Mantilia (9.633 in 2002), Chelsea Kroll (9.44), Lindsey Bruck, Kara Rosella, etc.

Ray was All-American on the Bars in 2001! Mirkovich made 2nd team All-American in 2003. Team average in 2003 was 48.81! This was our weak event in 2003 (must improve)! We were ranked 17th nationally in this event, and finished in a tie for 4th in the Super 6 with Nebraska.

BALANCE BEAM: Elise Ray (9.85 in 2002), Jennifer Deiley (9.80), Calli Ryals (9.77), Becca Clauson (9.73), Chelsea Kroll (9.69), Lindsey Bruck, Kara Rosella (9.68), etc.

Ray was NCAA Champ on Beam in 2001; Ryals was All-American on Beam in 2001 and Clauson in 2002! Team average in 2003 was 49.06! We really improved in this event, and were one of the outstanding teams nationally. We were ranked 10th nationally, but finished 5th of 6 teams in the finals.

FLOOR EXERCISE: Calli Ryals (9.92), Elise Ray (9.87 in 2002), Jennifer Deiley (9.86), Becca Clauson (9.82), Chelsea Kroll (9.76), Lauren Mirkovich (9.71), Linsdey Bruck, etc.

Ryals is a returning All-Americans on Floor for 2001 and 2002! Team average in 2003 was 49.30! We were ranked 8th in the floor, and finished 5th in the Super 6 competition.

ALL-AROUND: Elise Ray (39.42 in 2002), Calli Ryals (39.31), Jennifer Deiley (39.34), Chelsea Kroll (38.81), Lindsey Bruck, etc.

Elise Ray and Calli Ryals had the highest two average all-around scores in the NCAA for 2001 while Ryals and Deiley are both returning All-Americans in 2002! We were ranked 10th nationally going into the Northeast Regional, and beat Arizona State twice and Utah to finish 5th nationally. #5 in nation, defending Big Ten and Northeast Regional Champs; Team average was 196.25 in 2003 with 16 competitions!

Prospectus for 2004