The Big Ten conference was founded in Chicago on January 11, 1895 by representatives from seven Midwestern universities. By 1917, the conference had 10 members and unofficially adopted the name “The Big Ten”, and the name was made official in 1987. From 2010-2014, the conference added three more institutes, bringing the total conference membership to 14. The conference has recently styled itself “B1G”.
Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers all field women’s gymnastics teams, making the Big Ten the biggest women’s gymnastics conference in the nation. Conference championships are contested in two sessions—one with four teams and the other with six—every spring, following two “Big Five” meets which seed the teams. While not as dominant as the SEC or Pac-12, the Big Ten regularly sends most of its 10 teams to regionals, and in most years, at least one team qualifies to the national semifinals, though no Big Ten team has ever won the national title.