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The nation's best female collegiate gymnasts begin their quest for national NCAA titles at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, April 20, at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, April 20-22 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The field of 12 teams and 16 individual athletes advanced from six NCAA Regional Championships. Fans can follow the action on Saturday and Sunday live on ESPN3 or check www.ncaa.com for live scoring.
The 12 schools vying for the coveted team title are (listed in rank order) the University of Florida, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Nebraska, University of Utah, University of Arkansas, Oregon State University, Stanford University, Louisiana State University and Ohio State University.
Eighteen former U.S. Senior Women's National Team members are on the roster to compete at the NCAA Championships. 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Samantha Peszek of UCLA, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternates Corrie Lothrop of Utah and Ivana Hong of Stanford are also expected to compete in the championships. The field also features eight U.S. world medalists: 2010 World Championships team silver medalists Mackenzie Caquatto of Florida, Mattie Larson of UCLA and alternate Chelsea Davis of Georgia; 2009 World Championships vault gold medalist Kayla Williams of Alabama; 2007 World team gold-medalists Shayla Worley of Georgia, Peszek and Hong; and 2006 World team silver-medalist Ashley Priess of Alabama.
Other current or former U.S. senior national team members in the field are: Geralen Stack-Eaton, Alabama; Olivia Courtney and Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA; Kytra Hunter, Alaina Johnson, and Randy Stageberg, Florida; Samantha Shapiro, Stanford, Jessie DeZiel, Nebraksa and Cortni Beers, Utah.
Team semifinal and all-around competition at the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships will be conducted in two sessions on Friday, April 20, at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Here are the semifinal matchups with seeds (based on National Qualifying Score):
Semi Final Sessions Friday, April 20
- Session 1: Friday, April 20, 12 p.m. ET
Session 2: Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. ET
Super Six, Saturday, April 21, 4 p.m. ET
Individual Event Finals, Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m.
The all-around gymnast with the top score from both sessions on Friday will win the all-around title. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m., which will air live on ESPN3. The top four individuals in each event (plus ties) from both of Friday's sessions will compete in the individual-event competition Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. and again will air live on ESPN3. There will also be a show on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNNU.
The process for determining rotation pairings for first day's sessions of the NCAA Women's Championships team competition is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS) calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition. Teams are ranked based on the NQS from 1 to 12. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in Group A; and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 placed in Group B.
In the 2011 championships, Alabama won its fifth NCAA women's team title with an overall score of 197.650. UCLA finished second with a score of 197.375, followed by the University of Oklahoma in third (197.250), University of Nebraska in fourth (196.725), University of Utah in fifth (196.500) and University of Michigan in sixth (196.425).
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each Regional received automatic berths to the national championships. In addition, the event winners at each Regional Championship advanced to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
Team Competition Qualifiers for 2012 NCAA Championships
|TEAM||REGIONAL||REGIONAL SCORE||NATL QUALIFYING SCORE|
|Nebraska||Salt Lake City|
|Utah||Salt Lake City|
All-Around Individual Competition Qualifiers
|Amy Glass||Boise State||Arkansas||39.450|
|Sharaya Musser||Penn State||Raleigh||39.450|
|Morgan Evans||North Carolina||Raleigh||39.275|
|Dusti Russell||Minnesota||Salt Lake City||39.125|
|Kayla Slechta||Minnesota||Salt Lake City||39.025|
Individual Competition Event Qualifiers
|Rachel Fincham||North Carolina State||Raleigh||9.900|
|Taylor Westrick||Southeast Missouri State||Champaign||9.900|