Stanford Finds Out NCAA Gymnastics Pairings

April 12, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team has earned the No. 6 seed to the NCAA Championships and will be matched with host Florida and four other schools in the evening session of the team preliminaries on April 22, beginning at 4 p.m. PDT.

The Cardinal won the NCAA Southeast Regional title on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va., to advance to the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time in the past decade. The meet will be held at the University of Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center April 22-24.

The teams in Stanford's Session II, according to seed, are: No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Missouri, and No. 11 Michigan.

Teams in Session I (10 a.m. PDT) are: No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 LSU, and No. 12 Nebraska.

The top three teams in each session advance to the Super Six finals, on Sunday at 3 p.m., from which the national championship will be crowned. Stanford has reached the Super Six four times under coach Kristen Smyth and has two top-three finishes. One guarantee is that there will be a different champion this year, after five-time defending champion Georgia failed to advance past the regionals.

Stanford's session includes four regional champions: Stanford, Florida (North Central), Alabama (Central), and Missouri (South Central). Also, and two conference champions (Florida, and the Big Ten's Michigan).

The rotation order was set through a blind draw and Stanford will open on floor and follow with the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. The Cardinal will have a bye after vault, and in the final rotation. Stanford's event order is the same as its past two meets, at the Pac-10 and regional championships.

The individual all-around title will be determined by performances during the team preliminaries. The top four placers in each event that day advance to the Individual Event finals on April 24 and earn All-America first-team recognition. Places fifth through eighth earn second-team honors.

Stanford has two returning All-Americans, Carly Janiga (six-time All-American and 2009 NCAA uneven bars runner-up) and Blair Ryland (2007 second-team vault).

Rotation Schedule for NCAA Championship team preliminaries Session II, April 22, 4 p.m. PDT:

Rotation Vault Bye Uneven Bars Balance Beam Bye Floor Exercise
I Alabama Florida Arkansas Michigan Missouri Stanford
II Stanford Alabama Florida Arkansas Michigan Missouri
III Missouri Stanford Alabama Florida Arkansas Michigan
IV Michigan Missouri Stanford Alabama Florida Arkansas
V Arkansas Michigan Missouri Stanford Alabama Florida
VI Florida Arkansas Michigan Missouri Stanford Alabama


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