Bhardwaj Makes World Championship Team

Aug. 12, 2001

Philadelphia, PA - Two-time NCAA Champion and 2000 Collegiate Gymnast of the Year Mohini Bhardwaj finished in third place at the U.S. Championships with a two-day score of 72.487 to automatically qualify for the World Championship team. The third-place showing equals her best finish ever at nationals, she also finished third the last time she competed at the U.S. Championships in 1997.

Much like she was in college, Bhardwaj was the epitome of consistency. She hit all eight of her routines during the two-day competition, a feat matched only by national champion Tasha Schwikert. Bhardwaj, who won the vault national title during the preliminary session on Thursday, again recorded the highest vault score of the meet, a 9.512. She also scored an 8.8 on bars, 9.025 on beam and an 8.9 on floor for an all-around total of 36.237.

'I worked as hard as I possibly could before this meet and gave one hundred percent honest effort, so regardless of what the outcome was, I was going to be happy with no regrets,' said Bhardwaj. 'Basically I felt if I hit eight for eight I would make the World Team.'

Joining Bhardwaj on the World Championship team are 2000 Olympian Schwikert(first place, 74.912), Tabitha Yim (second place, 73.587), Rachel Tidd (fourth place, 71.612), Ashley Miles (fifth place, 71.575) and Katie Heenan (sixth place, 71.425). Bhardwaj, who is now a seven-year national team member, is the only athlete on the team with World Championships experience, having placed fifth on vault at the 1997 Worlds.

The 2001 World Championships will be held October 28-November 4, in Ghent, Belgium.

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