Pac-12 gymnastics teams prepare for NCAA Championships
SAN FRANCISCO-- Four Pac-12 gymnastics teams have qualified for the 2015 NCAA Gymnastics Championships to be held April 17-19 in Fort Worth, Texas. #3 UTAH, #7 UCLA, #11 STANFORD, and #12 OREGON STATE all advanced past the regional round on Saturday. UCLA won first place in the Columbus Regional and Utah, Stanford, and Oregon State all came in second place in their respective regional competitions. UCLA had the highest score of Pac-12 teams on regional Saturday with a 197.500. Stanford came in second at the Morgantown Regional with a 197.000, Oregon State came in second at the Norman Regional with a 196.750, and Utah came in second at the Berkeley Regional with a 196.575.
Additionally, CALIFORNIA freshman Toni-Ann Williams has advanced to NCAA Championships as an individual all-arounder based on her performance at the Berkeley Regional. She will compete at the Championships on Friday, April 17.
ARIZONA: The #18 Wildcats closed out the 2015 season with a fourth place finish in the Columbus Regional on Saturday, marking the 29th year in a row in which the team has qualified for post-season competition. The Wildcats came in fifth in this year’s Pac-12 Championships.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils did not qualify as a team for NCAA Regional Competition. However, junior Taylor Allex and senior Natasha Sundby competed as individuals in the Norman Regional on Saturday to close out the Sun Devils’ 2015 season. Allex competed in the all-around and came away with a score of 38.425 and Sundby competed on the floor scored a 9.625 on the event.
CALIFORNIA: The #20 Golden Bears came in third with a score of 196.000 as they hosted the Berkeley Regional on Saturday and came just short of a bid to NCAA Championships. However, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Toni-Ann Williams is bound for Fort Worth as she qualified for an individual spot as an all-arounder with an all-around score of 39.275 and a first-place vault finish.
OREGON STATE: The #12 team in the nation punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships with a second place finish in the Norman Regional and a score of 196.750. Sophomore Madeline Gardiner led the Beavers by winning the all-around with a score of 39.350. Oregon State also came in fourth in the 2015 Pac-12 Championships.
STANFORD: #11 STANFORD had a strong performance in the Morgantown Regional that qualified them for NCAA Championships for the eighth time in the last nine years and the 14th time in program history. The Cardinal came in second at regionals with a score of 197.000, marking the second-highest score of a Pac-12 team at regional competition this year. Stanford also came in second at Pac-12 Championships this season.
UCLA: The #7 Bruins won the Columbus Regional with a score of 197.500 to advance to NCAA Championships for the 31st time. They’ll be seeking their seventh NCAA title and first since 2010. UCLA has moved on to the Super Six 18 times since 1993 and will hope to do so again in Fort Worth this weekend. The team is led by senior Samantha Peszek who is ranked No. 1 on the beam nationally, No. 20 on the bars, and No. 10 on the vault.
UTAH: The #3 Utes came from behind to claim second place in the Berkeley Regional on Saturday and earn their way to the NCAA Championships for a record 40th-straight year. Senior standout Tory Wilson suffered a season-ending injury during on the way to the Utes winning their second Pac-12 Championship in a row. The team is led by Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year Georgia Dabritz who ranks first nationally on the bars, third on the vault, 20th on the all-around, and ninth on the floor.
WASHINGTON: The #23 Huskies ended their season with a sixth place finish in the Ames Regional on Saturday. Junior Allison Northey ends the season ranked No. 24 in the nation on the all-around.
UPCOMING PAC-12 GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE:
Fri., April 17
NCAA Semifinal 1 (live on NCAA.com) 11 a.m. PT
#7 UCLA, # 3 UTAH, #11 STANFORD,
#10 Georgia, #2 Florida, #6 Michigan
NCAA Semifinal 2 (live on NCAA.com) 5 p.m. PT
#12 OREGON STATE, #4 LSU, #5 Alabama,
#1 Oklahoma, #9 Nebraska, #8 Auburn
Sat., April 18
NCAA Super Six 4 p.m. PT
(ESPN3 live, ESPNU Tape Delay April 29, 4 p.m. PT)
Sun., April 19
NCAA Individual Competition 12 p.m. PT
(ESPN3 live, ESPNU Tape Delay April 29, 6 p.m. PT)