How all 27 Michigan varsity sports fared in the 2020-21 season
For the Michigan sports division, the 2020-21 sports season has come and gone as all 27 varsity sports have completed their seasons. The year was unconventional for every team – every sport played a reduced and modified schedule, ran daily COVID-19 tests, and spent the year largely avoiding fans, families and classmates – and every sport had at least one competition postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks (most had multiple). Many teams that played heavily changed schedules and even competed out of season had unconventionally bad seasons.
Still, it was a stellar season for multiple sports in Michigan. In the 27 sports, the Wolverines won one national team title, two national individual titles, 10 team conference titles in eight sports, 11 national top 10 results and seven top 5 placements. On an individual basis, Michigan saw two national champions, Jan. All-Americans, 27 first team All Big Ten honors and 12 athletes win individual conference titles.
Below we break down how each sport has performed on a national level using the NACDA Directors’ Cup score. From national champions to teams that have had seasons they’d rather not talk about, we take a look at how the Wolverines fared in 2020-21.
Women’s gymnastics – First
With the first ever national title, the third national women’s title in school history, and the first Michigan national title since 2014, the Wolverines gymnastics team had a season to remember. There were some bumps along the way – including multiple injuries, a COVID-related break from team activities, and two second places in the Big Ten championships – but the Wolverines were clearly an elite team from start to finish this season. Obviously, the goal was paramount, and Michigan delivered a. from 198,2500 score, which was the best score in program history and the third best score in NCAA championship history.
Before Michigan’s victory, only six other schools had ever won national titles in women’s gymnastics. But behind Natalie Wojcik, Sierra Brooks and Abby Heiskell, the Wolverines broke through and won a title after being one of the leading programs in the country for decades.
Field hockey – second
Just weeks after Michigan’s women’s gymnastics earned its third title in school history, the Wolverines field hockey team nearly won its second title. Michigan went through a Big Ten-only schedule – won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles – and ended the season with a 10-game series of tournament wins. After the Wolverines beat Bucknell with a 2-0 win, the Wolverines squealed with a No. 3 Louisville and reached their third title game against No. 1 North Carolina.