Texas Woman’s University’s Kitty Magee Arena
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DENTON, Texas, April 13, 2010 – Texas Woman’s University will host the 2010 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championships in Denton, Texas, April 15-17. The three-day national championship event will take place at Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall. Eight teams and 18 individual qualifiers from across the country will compete for team and individual national titles.

“USA Gymnastics is proud to provide this opportunity for collegiate athletes to compete for a national title,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Collegiate gymnastics is an important milestone for athletes in our sport and this event showcases athletes who have spent much of their life as gymnasts.”

Bridgeport University, the College of William & Mary, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Seattle Pacific University, Temple University, Texas Woman’s University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy will compete for the team title. The USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships is for Division I, II and III schools with less than seven-and-a-half full scholarships.

Two team semifinals and individual event qualifying sessions will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The top four teams (based on team score) advance to the team finals on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m., which also determines the all-around champion. The top 10 finishers on each event qualify for the individual event finals on Saturday, April 17, at 5 p.m.

TWU and the Greater Denton Sports Commission are co-hosting this event for a record fifth time. The hosting Pioneers are vying for their 10th national team title. The University of Bridgeport and Cornell University shared the 2009 national championship title with matching team scores of 191.675. William and Mary came in third with a score of 191.100. Texas Woman’s University’s Rashonda Cannie, Temple University’s Katie Canning and Yale University’s Alina Liao tied for the 2009 all-around title.

Tickets can be purchased at www.2010usagnationals.com. A three-day championship pass is $25 for adults, and $13 for students (ages 6-17) and senior citizens (ages 55+). Day passes are $10 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens. Children ages five and under are free. All seating in Kitty Magee Arena will be general admission only.