UCLA To Compete In Afternoon Session At NCAA Gymnastics Championships
April 12, 2010
No. 1 seed UCLA will compete in the afternoon session of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Team Preliminaries. The competition takes place on Thursday, Apr. 22 at 1:00 pm ET at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL. The Bruins will begin competition on a bye before uneven bars, as determined by a random draw conducted by the NCAA on Monday morning. Also competing in the afternoon session are No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 LSU and No. 12 Nebraska.
Competing in the evening session at 7 pm ET will be No. 2 and host team Florida, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Missouri and No. 11 Michigan.
The top three finishers from each preliminary session will advance to the Super Six Team Finals on Friday, Apr. 23 at 6:00 pm ET.
The five-time NCAA champion Bruins will have a bye before its first event and will have uneven bars as their first event in the second rotation. After bars, the Bruins will move to balance beam, another bye, floor exercise and then will end the meet on vault. Oklahoma has Olympic order and will begin on vault. Oregon State starts on bars. Nebraska begins on beam, LSU starts on a bye before floor, and Utah starts on floor. Rotating with UCLA will be individual all-around qualifier Rebecca Simbhudas from Iowa and balance beam qualifier Courtney McCool from Georgia.
The 12 qualifying teams were re-seeded based on National Qualifying Score, which took the teams' Regional Championships score and combined it with their Regional Qualifying Score. Teams seeded 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in one group, while teams seeded 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 were placed in the other group. The Bruins are the No. 1 seed.
This is the third time Florida has hosted the NCAA Championship and the first since 1997, when UCLA won its first NCAA title.
UCLA has now qualified for 26 NCAA Gymnastics Championships.