Pac-10 Teams In Position For NCAA Gymnastics Championship
With only four teams having ever won an NCAA title in the 29 years of the Championships - Georgia (10), Utah (9), UCLA (6) and Alabama (4), Pac-10 Champion Oregon State seeks to break into the elite group. This season marks the Beaver's 21st appearance at the NCAA Championships, including their fifth straight trip. This is also the team's eighth trip to nationals with 13th year head coach Tanya Chaplin at the helm. Last year, Oregon State finished fifth in the afternoon semifinal and ended up eighth overall. OSU's best finish at NCAAs was a fourth place finish in 1996 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Beavers topped the podium at the Corvallis Regional two weeks ago, earning a score of 197.025.
The defending NCAA Champion Bruins have won six NCAA gymnastics team titles, including five this decade. UCLA's titles were won in 1997 at Florida, 2000 at Boise State, 2001 at Georgia, 2003 at Nebraska, 2004 at UCLA, and 2010 at Florida. This is UCLA's 27th overall appearance in the 30th 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 30 NCAA individual titles. The Bruins have won a team or individual title in 12 of the last 14 years and have won more individual titles (17) in the last 10 years than any other team. UCLA won the NCAA Athens Regional on Apr. 2, advancing to the NCAA Championships with the top score of any team in the six Regionals. The Bruins dominated the competition, winning with a score of 197.425 and scoring 49.4 or better on three events.
Freshman Aliza Vaccher will be the lone Husky competitor at the 2011 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, as she tries to become the Huskies second individual NCAA Champion. Washington has had one individual NCAA Champion in Yumi Mordre, who won the vault and beam at the 1987 NCAA Championships. Since Mordre, the Huskies have sent 17 individuals to the NCAA Championships in the all-around, the last was Haley Bogart in 2008 (20th place). The highest finisher in the all-around for UW since Mordre was a third-place finish by Klara Kudilkova in 1998.