Michigan student-athletes took winning to new heights this spring, breaking records, grabbing titles, and dazzling fans with extraordinary performances across the board. Enjoy these highlights, captured by Michigan Photography, with text sourced from mgoblue.com
The Wolverines made the first Elite Eight appearance in program history this past season, finishing the year with a 25-7 overall record. U-M earned a No. 7 season-ending ranking in the coaches poll and a No. 12 ranking from the AP.
Senior Naz Hillmon leaves Michigan as the most decorated player in program history. She led the program in rebounds (1,063), double-doubles (52), and free throws made (487) — and is the only player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is second all-time in scoring with 2,183 points. Hillmon was named a first-team All-American this season by the WBCA, Associated Press, USBWA, The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, and the Wooden Award.
The women’s golf team earned the Big Ten’s No. 1 seed for the first time this year, as the team approached championship season. The Wolverines closed the regular season posting six top-two finishes (three wins, three runner-ups) in nine events. Ashley Lau was one of 12 women’s amateur golfers selected for the 2022 International Team, which will compete against the U.S. team at the 2022 Palmer Cup July 1-3 in Switzerland.
Junior Paul Juda took home a pair of NCAA titles April 16, winning both the all-around competition as well as vault, as the Wolverines placed third as a team (with a season best of 414.490, behind Stanford and Oklahoma) at the NCAA Championships. Six Wolverines earned a total of 11 All-America citations.
Michigan closed out the 2022 season with a 28-5 overall record. The Wolverines won their 26th Big Ten Conference championship in addition to the Big Ten regular-season title. U-M had 13 regular-season All-America nods, per the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) and six All-America citations from the WCGA.
The University of Michigan spirit team continued its string of success in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) & United Dance Association (UDA) Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship with two national titles on April 9. The Wolverines took home Coed Division IA and Game Day victories for the second straight season. The pair of titles gives U-M 10 NCA championships since 2013.
The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan men’s tennis team will close out its regular-season schedule on April 23 when it hosts Michigan State on Senior Day. Michigan is 17-3 on the season and in second place in the Big Ten standings at 7-1. No. 66 Andrew Fenty is among the ranked singles players on the team.
Women’s Water Polo
Michigan hopes to win its sixth consecutive Collegiate Water Polo Asociation (CWPA) Championship and 11th overall this weekend in Lewisburg, Pa. The Wolverines are 48-12 all-time in the CWPA Tournament with 10 titles and 14 trips to the championship game. Maddie O’Reilly leads the CWPA with 68 goals, 60 assists, 2.1 goals per game, and 4.0 points per game. Nationally, O’Reilly sits tied for fifth in total points with 128.
In its 100th season, the wrestling team captured a Big Ten championship and an NCAA runner-up team finish. Graduate student Nick Suriano was named the 2022 NCAA champion at 125 pounds, and is one of eight finalists for the prestigious Hodge Trophy. Head coach Sean Bormet was named the national and conference coach of the year, and the team finished the season with a program-record six All-America honors.