Trio share co-MVP honors at annual gymnastics team banquet

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Trio share co-MVP honors at annual gymnastics team banquet

01/05/2022 13:57:00

// Megan McIntosh

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – The University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team held its annual banquet on Sunday, May 1 to celebrate the 2022 season.

The team came together to look back on a season in which the Wolverines won their 26th Big Ten championship as well as a B1G regular season title, a regional title and broke program records (49.875) and ground (49,750).

Seniors Natalie Wojcik and Abby Heiskel with junior Sierra Brooks were named the team’s most valuable performers. It’s the fourth for Wojcik, the third for Brooks and the first for Heiskell.

Wojcik was the 2022 AAI award winner, just the third in Michigan women’s gymnastics history, as she finished the season with two WCGA All-American nominations and was the regional individual champion on uneven bars. . The Douglasville, Pennsylvania native earned four WCGA regular season All-American honors and was named to the All-Big Ten first team for the fourth time in her career. The all-round senior broke the Michigan record with 14 Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors and was the individual Big Ten champion on balance beam. Finally, Wojcik recorded his 100th career routine of 9.900 or better and won 20 individual and all-around titles in 2022.

Brooks was both Regional Gymnast of the Year and Big Ten Gymnast of the Year following her impressive junior campaign in which she won 14 event titles and earned two perfect 10.0s on vault. . The Plainfield, Illinois native earned her third first-team All-Big Ten snap and was the individual champion on vault with a perfect score. Brooks earned WCGA First Team All-America honors on vault and uneven bars, while earning three WCGA Regular Season All-American nods in the all-around, vault and floor exercises.

Heiskell continued to play an important role in Michigan’s core, as she was a two-time WCGA All-America winner and was the individual champion in the Big Ten all-around, uneven bars and floor. During his senior season, Heiskell won eight individual and all-around titles, including scoring his first career 10.0 on vault at Rutgers. Heiskell notched two WCGA Regular Season All-America second-team nods and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second time.

Junior Gaby Wilson won two team awards for being the unsung hero and also won the Scholar-Athlete award for the second straight season. Wilson anchored the floor training all season with two perfect scores and also earned a 10.0 mark on vault at NCAA Regionals. The Ypsilanti, Michigan native is a two-time WCGA All-America regular season winner and has won nine titles this season, including seven on the floor. Wilson retained her crown as NCAA Regional Floor Champion and was a two-time Big Ten Specialist of the Week.

Second year Naomi Morrison also won two team awards winning the coaches award for the second consecutive season and also won the Chip Hills Spirit award. Morrison entered the roster as an all-rounder in her sophomore season and was a two-time WCGA regular season All-America winner as well as a first-team All-Big Ten winner and won two titles in 2022. The Chandler, Ariz. the native set career highs in all four events, including posting four scores of 9.975 on vault and earning a score of 9.975 on floor.

Second year Reyna Guggino and Jenna Mulligan were co-most improved gymnasts of the 2022 season, as Guggino was in the vault lineup every encounter, while also cracking the balance beam and floor lineup on multiple occasions. Mulligan entered the vault and floor roster this season, including an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals. Guggino made NCAA history by becoming the second gymnast to lead a rotation with a 10.0 as she earned the perfect vault score at Rutgers and was named to the All-Big Ten second team. .

Senior Abby Brenner won the specialist award as she competed on uneven bars in every competition last season, while competing on floor in all but two competitions and on vault three times. Brenner started the season as the Big Ten specialist of the week, after winning the title on the ground against Arizona State and was named to the All-Big Ten second team for her efforts in 2022.

To finish, Jacey Vore was named Newcomer of the Year while competing on the uneven bars and balance beam in her first season as Wolverine. Vore entered the roster for the first time on bars at Minnesota and scored a 9.900 and finished the season with five scores of 9.900 or better on the event. Vore also won the beam title against Penn State with a 9.925.

2022 winners

Most Valuable Performers: Sierra Brooks, Abby Heiskel, Natalie Wojcik
Unsung Hero: Gaby Wilson
Coaches Awards: Naomi Morrison
Most Improved: Reyna Guggino, Jenna Mulligan
Specialist degree: Abby Brenner
Newcomer of the year: Jacey Vore
Researcher-Athlete Award: Gaby Wilson
Chip Hills Spirit Award: Naomi Morrison

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