INDIANAPOLIS, April 3, 2009 – Thirty-six teams and a number of individual competitors will compete on Saturday, April 4, at six regional competitions for an opportunity to advance to the 2009 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships held April 16-18 in Lincoln, Neb.
Links to previews, participating teams and individuals, live stats, and streaming coverage can be found below. Five of the regional sites will provide free live video of the event, ensuring that fans won’t miss a minute of the action. All regionals will be conducted at 6 p.m. local time, Saturday, April 4.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4] were named to each of the six regions. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 16-18, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
In 2008, the University of Georgia won its fourth straight national title and its ninth overall since 1982. University of California-Los Angeles’ Tasha Schwikert, an alternate on the 2004 Olympic silver-medal team, won the all-around and uneven bars titles, with individual titles going to: Susan Jackson, Louisiana State University, vault; Grace Taylor, Georgia, balance beam; and Courtney McCool, Georgia (also a member of the 2004 Olympic silver medal team), floor exercise.
Click on regions for rotation order.
|Central||Ohio State, Kent State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, Oregon State||Preview|
|North Central||Iowa, Denver, Florida, Iowa State, Minnesota, UCLA||Preview|
|Northeast||Alabama, Central Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma||
|South Central||Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Southern Utah, Stanford||Preview|
|Southeast||North Carolina State, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, West Virginia|
|West||Washington, Auburn, Boise State, Illinois, San Jose State, Utah||Preview|
*Host school in bold and linked to official website