CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 16, 2011 – The University of Alabama won its fifth team title at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The University of California-Los Angeles was second, followed by the University of Oklahoma. The championships wrap up with the individual event finals on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action live online at ncaa.com.
Alabama won the team crown with a 197.650 total. UCLA and Oklahoma were close on the Crimson Tide’s heels with 197.375 and 197.250, respectively. Rounding out the six were the University of Nebraska in fourth (196.725), the University of Utah in fifth (196.500) and the University of Michigan in sixth (196.425).
Alabama posted the top team marks for both vault (49.575) and floor exercise (49.450), along with the second best score on balance beam (49.350). UCLA had the second highest team tallies for vault (49.500), uneven bars (49.325) and floor exercise (49.350), as well as third on beam (49.200). Oklahoma had the best team score for balance beam (49.425) and the third best for vault (49.350). The highest team score for bars was earned by Michigan (49.375).
Kayla Hoffman, who was second in the NCAA all-around yesterday, Kim Jacob and Geralen Stack-Eaton competed on all four events for the Tide. Other members of the championship team are: Becca Alexin, Sarah DeMeo, Marissa Gutierrez, Diandra Milliner and Ashley Sledge. DeMeo, Hoffman and Stack-Eaton are former U.S. National Team members.
For UCLA, Olivia Courtney, Brittani McCullough and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs competed on all four events. The other members of the squad are: Monique DeLaTorre, Aisha Gerber, Samantha Peszek, Sydney Sawa and Niki Tom. Courtney, McCullough and Peszek, a 2008 Olympic team silver medalist, are former members of the U.S. National Team.
Competing for the Sooners were: Hope Bruce, Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley, Madison Mooring, Kayla Nowak, Brie Olson, Natalie Ratcliff, Melanie Root, Taylor Spears, Sara Stone and Hayden Ward. Kelley was a 2006 World team silver medalist while competing for the U.S. National Team.
The Super Six team finals will air tape-delayed on CBS, Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. ET.
2011 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships
April 15, 2011
1. University of Alabama, 197.650
2. UCLA, 197.375
3. University of Oklahoma, 197.250
4. University of Nebraska, 196.725
5. University of Utah, 196.500
6. University of Michigan, 196.425