Three Pac-10 Programs Qualify for 12-Team NCAA Championship
April 15, 2008
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
UNIV. OF GEORGIA - ATHENS, GA
THU., APRIL 24 - SAT., APRIL 26
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 regional received automatic berths to the national championships.
In addition, the event winners at the regional championships advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
Beginning with the 2008 championships, the process for determining rotation pairings for day one of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS) calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition.
Session 1, Thu., April 24, 1 p.m. EST: Florida, LSU, Alabama, OREGON STATE, Oklahoma, Arkansas
Session 2, Thurs., April 24, 7 p.m. EST: Georgia, STANFORD, Utah, Michigan, UCLA, Denver
Preliminary team and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. (all times are EST).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTIONS
TEAM COMPETITIONTEAM REGION RQS NQSGeorgia Northeast 197.775 395.175Florida Southeast 197.525 394.750LSU Central 197.625 394.355STANFORD Central 197.525 394.295Utah North Central 196.950 394.205Alabama South Central 197.300 394.170OREGON STATE West 197.100 393.750Michigan West 196.375 393.200UCLA Southeast 196.625 393.135Oklahoma South Central 195.875 392.325Arkansas North Central 196.125 392.290Denver Northeast 195.775 391.730
ALL-AROUND INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERSQUALIFIER REGION SCOREJulie Dwyer, Auburn Northeast 39.450Emily Parsons, Nebraska Southeast 39.450Brandi Personett, Penn State Northeast 39.400Adrianne Perry, Missouri Central 39.300Carmelina Carabajal, Minnesota North Central 39.275Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah North Central 39.225Desire Sniatynski, Nebraska Southeast 39.225Kaylan Clevinger, Ohio State Central 39.150Allison Buckley, Illinois South Central 39.100Nicole Cowart, Illinois South Central 39.100Haley Bogart, WASHINGTON West 39.050Rochelle Robinson, Michigan St. West 39.025
INDIVIDUAL EVENT QUALIFIERSBEAM REGION SCORETricia Woo, Nebraska Southeast 9.875Leigha Hancock, NC State Southeast 9.875FLOORTricia Woo, Nebraska Southeast 9.900
ARIZONA - The `Cats finished the NCAA North Central Regional Championship strong on floor, scoring a 49.200. But the effort was not enough to launch Arizona out of fourth place in the team standings. Bree Workman scored a 9.875 on the `Cats' final apparatus of the season, followed by solid 9.850 performances by Sarah Specht and Karin Wurm. Danielle Hicks continued her hot streak on beam with a 9.875, the event's second-highest score. This meet completes the 2008 season for the Arizona gymnastics team.
ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils placed sixth at the NCAA South Central Regional. The team picked itself up after a tough beam set, scoring a solid 48.7 on both floor and vault. Beaté Jones and Ashlee Hinkle led the Sun Devil efforts on the two apparatuses with routines that merited 9.8+. Brittany Schuett (floor) and Tiana Jean and Francesca Mercurio (bars) scored equally high marks on the night. This is only the third season in ASU gymnastics history that the Sun Devils will not be represented at the NCAA Championship.
CALIFORNIA - Bridgette Glass, Sophia Hocini, Jessica Kelley, and Siobhan Luce represented the Golden Bears at the NCAA West Regional Championship. Hocini finished ninth in the all-around, posting the second-best all-around score of the season for Cal and a career-best 38.700. Kelley and Luce collected top 15 finishes in the all-around. Glass, an individual event qualifier on beam, tallied an 11th-place 9.825. The mark was the highest Cal score of the night. No Bears qualified for advancement to the NCAA Championship.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers swept the individual awards and toppled top-seeded Michigan, as they brought home the NCAA West Regional Championship title for the first time since 1992. Five Beavers combined to earn five event titles: Yuki Lamb on vault (9.925), Jen Kesler on bars (career-best 9.95), Jami Lanz on beam (9.95) and all-around (39.575,) and Mandi Rodriguez and Tasha Smith on floor (tied with 9.9s). Longtime Beavers assistant coach Dick Foxal was awarded West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
STANFORD - The Cardinal produced a season-high team score of 197.525 and took second place in the NCAA Central Regional to host LSU. The Cardinal won the beam competition and finished no worse than second in all four of the rotations. Tabitha Yim powered to a second-place 39.825 in the all-around, the result of four 9.9+ individual events. Yim was named the West Regional Gymnast of the Year. In all, Kelly Fee, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada, Liz Tricase, and Yim combined for nine scores of 9.9 or higher.
UCLA - The Bruins finished second at the Southeast Regional with a score of 196.625, earning their 24th appearance in the NCAA Championship. Strong all-around performances by Tasha Schwikert (39.45), Anna Li (39.45), and Jordan Schwikert (39.275), as well as big scores from three-event performer Kristina Comforte (9.9 on bars, 9.875s on beam and vault) carried the Bruins. Li topped the awards podium for a bar routine that earned a 10.0 from one judge and a total score of 9.95.
WASHINGTON - Haley Bogart is on her way to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, as she finished fourth (39.050) in the all-around at the NCAA West Regionals. Bogart's performance highlighted a fourth-place finish for the Huskies, who tallied 194.075 in their second-straight regional appearance. Ashley Houghting earned top 10 finishes on floor (9.85, 7th) and vault (9.9, T-2nd). On bars, the GymDawgs' final apparatus, seniors Nikki Waiss (9.85, T-3rd) and Raimey Iselin (9.8, T-9th) brilliantly and symbolically anchored.