Carey Qualifies for NCAA National Championships
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State gymnast Jade Carey will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas as an individual competitor in the all-around. The Olympic gold medalist marks the 15th time in 16 championships that the Beavers are represented in national competition.
Carey has been assigned to compete in the first session of competition on April 14, which begins at 10 a.m. PT. Carey will rotate with Oklahoma, who entered the post-season as the top-ranked program in the country, and will begin the day on vault.
The Sooners enter the championship posting the second-best regional final score of 198.250 behind Florida's 198.775, who is set to compete in the second session.
All-around and individual titles will be crowned at the conclusion of both semifinal sessions on April 14, with the second session taking place at 3 p.m. PT. Ties will not be broken, and the top four finishers on each event and all-around will receive First Team All-America status, and fifth through eighth placements will be named Second Team All-America.
Carey earned the NCAA Seattle Regional All-Around title on Thursday night with a collegiate-best 39.850 while also claiming titles on vault (9.975) and floor (9.975). Despite OSU's season coming to an end after Thursday, Carey's all-around performance was the top mark of any gymnast in the regional to secure her spot in the Fort Worth championships.
The Phoenix, Arizona native has put up a record-breaking rookie season with the Orange & Black, being named Pac-12 Gymnast and Freshman of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season. Carey also became the only gymnast in the country this year to earn the maximum of Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) honors, grabbing first team nods in the all-around, vault, bars and floor while taking second team on the balance beam.
She holds the top-five scores in Oregon State's all-around records, including her best of 39.850 which was also the highest score amongst any all-around individual qualifier in the field and second in the country behind Florida's Trinity Thomas' 39.900.
The NCAA Championships will be held at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, April 14-16. Both semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPN2, and Saturday's national championship will be featured on ABC, set for 10 a.m. PT.
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