For the Michigan Sports Department, the 2020-21 athletic season is over as all 27 varsity sports have completed their seasons. The year has been unconventional for every team – with each sport playing a reduced and modified schedule, performing daily COVID-19 tests, and spending the year largely avoiding fans, families and classmates – and every sport has had at least one competition postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks (most have had multiple). Many teams, playing heavily modified schedules and even competing off-season, have experienced unconventional slack seasons.
Still, it was a record season for several Michigan sports. Across all 27 sports, the Wolverines have won one national tag team title, two individual national titles, 10 tag team conference titles in eight sports, 11 top 10 teams nationally and seven top five. Individually, Michigan saw two national champions, 25 All-Americans, 27 in the first team All-Big Ten winners and 12 athletes win individual conference titles.
Below, we break down each sport’s performance nationally, using the NACDA Directors’ Cup scoring metric. From national champions to teams that have had seasons they prefer not to talk about, we take a look at how the Wolverines ranked in 2020-21.
Women’s Gymnastics – First
By winning their first-ever national title, the third women’s national title in school history and Michigan’s first national title since 2014, the Wolverines women’s gymnastics team has had an unforgettable season. There were a few bumps along the way – including multiple injuries, a COVID-related hiatus from team activities and two second places at Big Ten Championship fixtures – but the Wolverines were clearly an elite team from the start. at the end of this season. The finish was obviously the most important, however, and Michigan delivered, posting a 198.2500 score which was the highest score in program history and the third highest score in NCAA Championship history.
Before Michigan’s victory, only six other schools had even won national titles in women’s gymnastics. But behind Natalie Wojcik, Sierra Brooks and Abby Heiskell, the Wolverines broke through, winning a title after decades of being one of the best programs in the country.
Field Hockey – Second
Just weeks after Michigan Women’s Gymnastics won the third women’s title in school history, the Wolverines field hockey team nearly won their second title as well. Beating a Big Ten-only schedule – capturing both regular season and Big Ten tournament titles – and ending the season on a 10-game winning streak, Michigan entered the NCAA tournament as a seed. 2, winning a pass in the first round. in the tournament. After knocking out Bucknell with a 2-0 victory, the Wolverines beat No.3 Louisville with a shootout victory to advance to their third title game against No.1 North Carolina.