NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regionals: Four Pac-12 teams to compete in Fort Worth

Utah Athletics

Seven Pac-12 Gymnastics teams competed across the country in the 2016 NCAA Gymnastics Regionals, seeking a top-two finish to advance to NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. No. 10 CALIFORNIA advanced to Fort Worth out of the Tuscaloosa Regional with a score of 195.925. Joining the Golden Bears include 18th-ranked STANFORD (196.525), who advanced out of the Ann Arbor Regional as a three seed. Out of the Salt Lake City Regional, top-seeded UTAH heads to NCAA Championships with a 197.125, as well as UCLA (196.375).

Salt Lake City Regional

Utah

Utah placed first at the Salt Lake City Regional with a score of 197.125 and moves on to NCAA Championships. With the win, Utah has advanced to 41-straight NCAA Championships, but for the first time under co-head coaches Megan Marsden and Tom Farden. The Red Rocks opened the meet on the second rotation on bars, where Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Breanna Hughes recorded a 9.925 in the fifth spot in the rotation for a team score of 49.350. Utah marked a 49.225 on beam, with four gymnasts scoring 9.850’s to total a team high of 98.575. Hughes, again, recorded a 9.925, this time on floor in the fifth rotation. The Red Rocks scratched a 9.80 to earn a 49.300 on the apparatus. Utah closed out competition also scratching a 9.80 on vault for a 49.250 team score. Kailah Delaney led the Red Rocks with a 9.90 for a share of the vault title, while Hughes earned a 9.85 en route to a 39.525 all-around score for the individual title.

UCLA

UCLA booked the second and final ticket to Fort Worth out of the Salt Lake City Regionals with a score of 196.375. The Bruins erupted on floor exercise in the third rotation to a 49.400 team score. Redshirt senior Sadiqua Bynum tumbled her way to her eighth score of 9.95 or higher this season, hitting a 9.95 in the anchor position. Fellow senior Danusia Francis opened the meet with a pair of 9.90’s on beam and floor exercise. Francis' beam score tied her for a share of the individual title. UCLA went on to score a 49.125 on vault, highlighted by freshman Madison Preston’s career-high tying 9.90 for a share of the vault title. Redshirt junior Christine Peng-Peng Lee made her first appearance on bars this season and tied her career-high mark at 9.95, taking home the Regional bars title.

Washington

Washington placed third in the Salt Lake Regional with a 195.825. Washington’s lone senior Allison Northey hit a score of 9.90 on beam in the anchor position to tie the highest individual score of the night. With her 39.275 all-around score, she qualifies as an individual AA competitor at NCAA Championships. Northey finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.275. The 17th-ranked GymDawgs recorded one of their highest floor team scores of the season, going 49.200 at Regionals. Juniors Kaitlyn Duranczyk and Alexandra Yacalis each tapped 9.875’s on floor exercise. Duranczyk, the Pac-12 Co-Bars Champion, led the Huskies on uneven bars with a 9.80 to help the team to a 48.525.

Salt Lake City Final Scores:
1. Utah, 197.125
2. UCLA, 196.375
3. Washington, 195.825
4. Illinois, 195.350
5. Utah State, 195.025
6. Southern Utah, 194.950

Ann Arbor Regional

Stanford

Third-seeded Stanford posted a 196.525 team score, finishing tied for first with Auburn in a tough Ann Arbor regional. With the score, Stanford will head to NCAA Championships for the ninth time in the past 10 years. The Cardinal put together a bars rotation that scored a 49.500, a feat hard to achieve with a four-judge scoring panel. Four gymnasts posted 9.9’s or higher, highlighted by Elizabeth Price’s near-perfect 9.975. Stanford’s 49.500 held up as the second highest bars score for the team this season.  Stanford posted its third-highest season score on beam with a 49.250. Every gymnast in the lineup scored a 9.8 or higher, led by Ivana Hong’s 9.9. Stanford’s 196.525 team score held up, even with No. 7 and second-seeded Michigan posting an incredible 49.675 on bars in the sixth rotation. The Wolverines ultimately finished third with a 196.475. Price took home the individual title in the all-around (39.575), uneven bars (9.975) and a share of floor exercise (9.90), while Hong took a share of the beam title (9.90).

Ann Arbor Final Scores:
1. Auburn, 196.525
1. Stanford, 196.525
3. Michigan, 196.475
4. EMU, 196.250
5. Penn State, 195.125
6. UNH, 193.900

Tuscaloosa Regional

California

In a close competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the tenth-ranked California Golden Bears finished in second place and punched the first Pac-12 ticket to nationals with a score of 195.925. California earned a berth to NCAA Nationals for the second time in program history and first time since 1992. Needing a score over 49.000 in the final rotation on bars, the Golden Bears put together their highest score of the meet with a 49.175. Leading the team was sophomore Toni-Ann Williams, who recorded her second 9.85 on the night. Williams’ first came on floor exercise, where she elected to perform a double pike on her final pass for a 9.85 score. Zoe Draghi recorded added a 9.875 on floor and the team finished with a 48.975. Draghi's score would hold on for the highest Golden Bear mark of the night.

The Golden Bears kicked off their Regionals competition on balance beam, where three gymnasts recorded scores of 9.8 or higher. Draghi and freshman Sofie Seilnacht each scored a 9.825, helping the team to a 48.900. Arianna Robinson highlighted on vault with a 9.825, sending the team to a 48.875 on the rotation. Robinson marked her 10th-straight meet with a score of 9.80 or higher on the apparatus.

Arizona State

Senior duo Taylor Allex and Allie Salas represented Arizona State at Regionals individually and posted a strong score of 9.90 on vault. Her score held up for the highest mark of the night and she will represent the Sun Devils in Fort Worth. Salas placed fifth in the all-around with a score of 39.025.  

Tuscaloosa Final Scores:
1. Alabama, 197.125
2. California, 195.925
3. Boise State, 195.750
4. Kentucky, 195.725
5. West Virginia, 194.250
6. Bowling Green, 193.850 

 

Athens Regional

Oregon State

Oregon State totaled a 196.000 for third place in the Athens Regional. Consistent with their best event on the year, the Beavers had their strongest rotation on balance beam. With a 49.125 team score on the apparatus, Risa Perez scored a 9.90 to mark the Beavers’ highest individual score of the meet on any event. Perez tied for the individual title on balance beam and will represent Oregon State in Fort Worth, Tex. Joining Perez to Fort Worth is Madeline Gardiner, who recorded a 39.275 in the all-around. Her all-around score tied for the highest for an individual on a non-advancing team. 

Kaytianna McMillan, who became a second team All-American on beam last week, put up a strong score of her own with a 9.875. The Beavers put up the same floor lineup for the fourth-consecutive meet, highlighted by McMillan’s 9.875 in the anchor spot. Oregon State found consistency in the back half of the lineup, with their last three gymnasts scoring 9.825 or higher. Senior Jamie Radermacher marked her third-straight 9.85 on floor in the fourth spot and helped the Beavers to a 49.000 mark, .025 out of Georgia after the first rotation. McMillan anchored on vault, competing on the apparatus for the first time this season. She scored a 9.825 to lead all Beavers.

At the halfway point of the meet, Oregon State sat in third place with a 97.900 team score. Shireen Khamedoost tied her season high on the uneven bars with a mark of 9.85. Mary Jacobsen and McMillan notched a pair of 9.8’s, giving Oregon State a 48.975 on bars.

Arizona

The GymCats put together three team event performances over 49.000 en route to a team score of 195.900 for fourth place in the Athens Regional. Arizona opened their competition on the second rotation starting with floor exercise. Senior Jessie Sisler stuck each landing on her passes, scoring a 9.875 to lead the GymCats to a 49.025 after their first rotation. Arizona competed on vault in the third rotation and earned a score of 48.775. Maddy Cindric and Shelby Edwards each earned 9.8’s.

At the halfway point of the meet, Arizona sat in fourth place with a 97.800 team score, just a tenth of a point behind Oregon State. Arizona put together a spectacular bars rotation with all five scoring gymnasts totaling a 9.8 or higher. Alexandra Mills paced the GymCats in the event with a 9.875 in the fifth spot, sending the team to a score of 49.100. Arizona wrapped up competition on balance beam with a team score of 49.000. Mills again led the team with a stunning 9.9 in the third spot. Mills’ beam score was in a four-way tie alongside Oregon State’s Risa Perez, and Mills will also head to Fort Worth to compete individually on beam.

Athens Final Scores:
1. LSU, 197.300
2. Georgia, 196.850
3. Oregon State, 196.000
4. Arizona, 195.900
5. George Washington, 195.550
6. Michigan State, 195.350

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