Beavers Draw Afternoon Session; to Start on Bars

April 12, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - Oregon State, the No. 8 seed, is slated to compete in the afternoon session of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Team Preliminaries. The competition, hosted by the University of Florida at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, takes place April 22 at 1 p.m. ET. OSU will begin the competition on the uneven bars and finish on a bye, as determined by a random draw.

Joining the Beavers in the afternoon session of the team preliminary competition is LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA and Utah. Michigan State's Nicole Curler will rotate with the Beavers and Georgia's Courtney McCool, who qualified as an individual event specialist, will perform on the floor exercise during the fourth rotation with OSU.

The women's gymnastics championships consists of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and individual event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each regional (last Saturday) received automatic berths to the national championships.

In addition, the event winners at the regional championships advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

The process for determining rotation pairings for day one of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS) calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition.

Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on the NQS from 1 to 12. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 were placed in Group A; and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 placed in Group B. The host team (Florida) and its corresponding group will compete in the second session.

Team semifinal and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m.

Thursday's evening session includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and Stanford.

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