Pac-12 Squads Ready For Championships
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Four Pac-12 teams are headed to the 2012 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships in Duluth, Ga., Friday-Sunday, April 20-22. OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and UTAH earned spots in the competition. In addition, three individuals from Pac-12 teams will compete in specific events.
Friday, April 20 (Team Semifinals)
Pac-12 Champion UCLA posted the highest score at regionals of any Conference team and was the second-highest in the country, coming in first place at Fayetteville. The Utes posted a 196.825 at the Salt Lake City Regional, coming in second. The Beavers were second at the Auburn Regional with a 196.450 and Stanford was second at the Champaign Regional with a score of 196.675.
Qualifying for the national competition in the all-around are ARIZONA's Aubree Cristello (39.250 at the Seattle Regional) and WASHINGTON's Aliza Vaccher (39.225 at the Seattle Regional). Wildcat teammate Katie Matusik posted a 9.900 on the balance beam in Seattle and qualified on the event for the national competition.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
The women's gymnastics championships consist 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 of the six regionals have advanced to the national championships.
In addition, the event winners at each regional also advanced to the national championships (in their specific event), if they were not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
The process for determining the rotation pairings for Day 1 of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS), calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at the regional competition.
Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on the NQS from 1-12. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in Group A, and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 were placed in Group B. The host team and its corresponding group will compete in the second semifinal. If there is not a host institution competing, a random drawing will be used to determine which group is placed in semifinal one or two.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The team semifinal and all-round competition will be conducted in two sessions on Friday, April 20 at noon and 6 p.m. ET. The top three teams from each semifinal advance to the Super Six competition on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. ET. The top four individuals in each event (including ties) from Friday's semifinals will compete in the individual event competition on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET. For more information and to follow the action, visit www.ncaa.com.
2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
Last year, UCLA scored a 197.375 to place second behind Alabama (197.650) at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Oklahoma was third (197.250), Nebraska was fourth (196.725), Utah was fifth (196.500) and Michigan rounded out the top six (196.425). The Bruins' Sam Peszek scored a 9.900 to claim an individual title on the balance beam.