2008 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, April 24-26
April 22, 2008
WHAT: The 27th NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
WHERE: University of Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga. The meet is sold out.
WHEN: Competition begins Thurs., April 24, with the preliminary rounds of the team competition. The excitement continues Fri., April 25, with the Super Six Team Finals and concludes Sat., April 26, with the Individual Event Finals. Both Finals competitions take place at 6 p.m. ET. The meet will be televised by CBS via tape delay. It will air on Sat., May 10, at 12 p.m. PT. GXtra, the multimedia center on GeorgiaDogs.com, will show free exclusive live coverage, interviews and highlights packages throughout the championships. Live results will also be available at www.ncaasports.com.
WHO: Three Pac-10 teams are bound for Athens this week, in addition to one individual all-around qualifier. During Session 1 on Thurs., April 24, at 1 p.m. ET, No. 7 (National Qualifying Score) OREGON STATE will battle No. 2 Florida, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Alabama, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 11 Arkansas for one of three spots in the NCAA Super Six Team Finals. WASHINGTON's Haley Bogart will compete as an individual in the all-around competition, paired with LSU. To qualify for Saturday's event finals, Bogart will need to place in the top four on an event during Thursday's competition. Later that same day, at 7 p.m. ET (Session 2), No. 4 STANFORD and No. 9 UCLA challenge No. 1 Georgia, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 12 Denver, to fill the remaining three Super Six team slots.
NATIONALS ROTATION SCHEDULE:
Oregon State (Session 1) and Stanford (Session 2) - Floor, Vault, Bye, Bars, Beam, Bye
UCLA - Bars, Beam, Bye, Floor, Vault, Bye
Bogart - Bye, Floor, Vault, Bye, Bars, Beam
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:
This season marks the Beavers' 19th appearance at the NCAA Championships, including their third straight trip. This is also the team's sixth trip to nationals with 11th year head coach Tanya Chaplin at the helm. OSU's best finish at NCAAs was a fourth place finish in 1996 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Beavers finished tied for 11th (Michigan) in 2007. OSU's most recent top 10 finish came in 2000 when the Beavers finished 10th. The Beavers topped the podium at the NCAA West Regional two weeks ago, earning a commanding 197.100.
The Cardinal now have nine appearances in the NCAA Championships as a program and three Super Six appearances, including a berth in the 2007 event. If the Cardinal return to the Super Six this season, it will be the first time earning back-to-back berths in program history. Stanford is looking to claim its first women's gymnastics national championship. The Cardinal are coming off their third Pac-10 title in the past five years, and with everybody back from the 2007 Super Six, Stanford is loaded and ready for another run in 2008. The team is also confident and putting forth some of their best routines at the most important juncture of the season. Their regional team score of 197.525 was their best score of the season.
The Bruins have won five NCAA gymnastics team titles, including four this decade. UCLA's titles were won in 1997 at Florida, 2000 at Boise State, 2001 at Georgia, 2003 at Nebraska and 2004 at UCLA. This is UCLA's 24th overall appearance in the 27th NCAA Championships. The Bruins have advanced to the Super Six every year they have qualified for the Championships in its current format. UCLA ranks second amongst all Division I schools in the nation with 26 NCAA individual titles. The Bruins have won more individual titles in the last 11 years (19) than any other team. This year, UCLA senior Tasha Schwikert will attempt to reclaim the NCAA all-around title she won in 2005 as a freshman. Competing in a field that included three of last year's Super Six teams, UCLA earned a second-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regionals (196.625).