Gymnastics to Compete in NCAA Afternoon Session; Open on Floor
BATON ROUGE ? The No. 7 LSU gymnastics squad learned Monday that they will compete against No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 11 Arkansas in the first preliminary session of the NCAA Championships.
The first preliminary session will be held at noon CDT on Thursday, April 24, in Athens, Ga., at the Stegeman Coliseum.
LSU punched their ticket to the National Championships after placing first in the NCAA Central Regionals held in Baton Rouge. The team posted a 197.625, edging Stanford (197.525) for the victory.
LSU will start the afternoon with a bye before floor. The Tigers will then move to the floor and the vault before another bye in the fourth rotation. They will compete on the bars in the fifth rotation before ending the competition on the beam.
The second preliminary session will consist of No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Utah, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA and No. 13 Denver. The teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships preliminary sessions finished in the top two at their NCAA Regional.
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. LSU’s RQS was 197.625, giving them a 394.355 NQS. They own the third-highest NQS in the tournament.
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.
This marks the 20th time in school history that LSU will make the trip to the NCAA Championships. Last season, the Tigers placed seventh at the NCAA Championships in Salt Lake City. The Tigers best finish came in 1988 when they placed fourth.
Team, National Qualifying Score
Oregon State, 393.750
ALL-AROUND INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS:
Qualifiers, Regional Score
Julie Dwyer, Auburn, 39.450
Emily Parsons, Nebraska, 39.450
Brandi Personett, Penn State, 39.400
Adrianne Perry, Missouri, 39.300
Carmelina Carabajal, Minnesota, 39.275
Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 39.225
Desir? Sniatynski, Nebraska, 39.225
Kaylan Clevinger, Ohio State, 39.150
Allison Buckley, Illinois, 39.100
Nicole Cowart, Illinois, 39.100
Haley Bogart, Washington, 39.050
Rochelle Robinson, Michigan State, 39.025
INDIVIDUAL EVENT QUALIFIERS:
Beam, Regional Score
Tricia Woo, Nebraska, 9.875
Leigha Hancock, North Carolina State, 9.875
Floor, Regional Score
Tricia Woo, Nebraska, 9.900