Husky Gymnastics Teams Heads to NCAA West Regional

April 2, 2002

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Seattle - The Washington women's gymnastics team (7-13) will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships when the Huskies participate at the NCAA West Regional Championships. This year's event takes place Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.

Joining the Huskies and 13th-ranked Beavers will be No. 4 Utah, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 24 Southern Utah and Boise State. Individual competitors from San Jose State, Sacramento State, Seattle Pacific and California also will compete. The top two team finishers will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for April 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition, the top two all-arounders whose teams don't advance will also qualify for nationals, as will any gymnast who wins an individual event title if her team does not advance.

This year's NCAA West Regional appearance will be Washington's 21st consecutive trip to NCAA postseason competition. The Huskies placed fifth at last year's South Central Regional at Nebraska with a score of 194.450. Nebraska won the championship at 196.200 followed by Oklahoma at 195.225. Washington has won one NCAA Regional championship, in 1998 when the Huskies hosted the event. Washington is looking to make its first trip to the NCAA Championships since 1998 when the Huskies placed seventh overall.

Tickets for Saturday's meet are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission seats. Fans unable to attend Saturday's meet will be able to follow the competition through live scoring on OSU's website,

HUSKIES IN THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has won eight NCAA regional titles, the most recent coming in 1992. In 1999, the NCAA began seeding the nation's top 12 teams (top 18 in 2001) and often sending them outside of their geographic regions for the regional championships. Under that new format, the top two teams at each regional meet qualify for nationals. In the first year of that new format, the Beavers placed third, but OSU has placed second in each of the last two years to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships.

ROTATION ORDER: Washington will compete in the traditional Olympic order by starting the regional on the vault. Following is the complete rotation order for all six teams:

Rot.  Vault  By      Bars   Beam    Bye    FloorI     OSU    SUU     Boise  Okla    Wash   UtahII    Utah	   OSU     SUU    Boise   Okla   WashIII   Wash	   Utah    OSU    SUU     Boise  OklaIV    Okla	   Wash    Utah   OSU     SUU    BoiseV     Boise  Okla    Wash   Utah    OSU    SUUVI    SUU    Boise   Okla   Wash    Utah   OSU
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