Four Pac-12 Teams To NCAA Championships
UCLA (1st, Fayetteville Regional)
Fayetteville, Ark. - The third-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 28th time in school history after winning the Fayetteville Regional with a score of 197.225. Host team Arkansas placed second with a score of 196.825 to also advance to the Championships. Bruin sophomore Samantha Peszek placed second in the all-around with a career-high 39.6. Junior Vanessa Zamarripa was third with a 39.55.
Utah (1st, Salt Lake City Regional)
SALT LAKE CITY--The streak lives on for another year. By winning the NCAA Salt Lake Regional, the 2012 Utes advance to a record 37th-straight national championship (31st NCAA). Advancing with the Utes was Nebraska, and if early indications hold true, the two rivals will meet again in Duluth, Ga., on April 20 in NCAA Championships semi-final action. Utah, which hit 24-of-24 routines, scored a 196.825 to beat the Huskers (196.525), Minnesota (194.800), Arizona State (194.400), San Jose State (193.400) and Iowa State (193.150).
Oregon State (2nd, Auburn Regional)
The No. 7 Oregon State gymnastics team, led by seniors Leslie Mak and Olivia Vivian, extended its season when the Beavers finished second at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Auburn Regional. It is the seventh straight year the Beavers have reached the NCAA Championships. Mak tied for second in the all-around with a score of 39.425 and finished first on the bars and beam to claim regional titles.
Stanford (2nd, Champaign Regional)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Stanford coach Kristen Smyth will tell you that the most pressure-packed meet of the season is the NCAA regionals. It is this meet which determines the NCAA Championships field, and which offers the most postseason "what ifs?" should a team fail to advance. For Stanford, the NCAA Champaign Regional on Saturday at University of Illinois' Assembly Hall became the latest rite of passage for a team that continues to offer glimpses of possibilities for the NCAA Championships.
Arizona's Cristello, Matusik Qualify (Seattle Regional)
SEATTLE, Wash. - Two Arizona gymnasts have officially qualified for the NCAA National Championships due to their performances at the NCAA Regional Championships yesterday. Junior Aubree Cristello and senior Katie Matusik will both be competing as individuals in different events in the upcoming meet. In order to qualify as an individual, a competitor must do one of two things.
Washington's Vaccher Qualifies (Seattle Regional)
SEATTLE - The 2012 NCAA Seattle Regional lived up to its lofty expectations. It was an exciting meet that featured four teams in the top 25, including defending national champion Alabama. The No. 23 Washington gymnastics team didn't let that intimidate them and came out firing on all cylinders, turning in a solid performance and finishing third behind No. 4 Alabama and No. 9 LSU. Sophomore Aliza Vaccher placed first in the vault and fourth overall in all-around, qualifying for Nationals for a second straight year.
Arizona State (4th, Salt Lake City Regional)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—The Arizona State women's finished in fourth place at the 2012 NCAA Regionals in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday. The Sun Devil's fourth-place finish is the highest regional placement for the team since 2006. The Gym Devils competed in front of the largest regional crowd in the nation with attendance listed at 6,558.
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