- 3/20 – Team and All-Around Finals
- 3/21 – Individual Event Finals
Story courtesy of Hamline University.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 21, 2009) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior Julia Zimmerman (Chicago, Ill.), who won all-around title on the first day of competition, added the vault crown on the final day of the 2009 National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships, held at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Zimmerman scored a 9.775 on vault to eclipse UW-La Crosse’s Gabi Hooper’s (Jr., New Brighton, Minn.) score of 9.725. Hamline’s Kristen Weniger (Sr., Eagan, Minn.) finished third with a score of 9.550. UW-Whitewater’s Ashley George (Sr., East Dubuque, Ill.) won the uneven bars with a score of 9.750. Ithaca College’s Jessica Bolduc (Fr., Darien, Conn.) and Zimmerman tied for second with a 9.650.
On balance beam, Alyssa Neely (Jr., Allentown, Pa.) from SUNY-Cortland won the championship with a score of 9.600. Melissa Baudhuin (So., Oshkosh, Wis.) from Winona State University and Zimmerman tied for second with a 9.575. Weniger closed out her collegiate career by winning the floor exercise in a three-way tie with Ursinus’ Kira Oldham-Curtis (Jr., Eugene, Ore.) and Naomi DeLara (So., Kahului, Hawaii) of UW-Stout. The trio each scored a 9.750.
The top six finishers (including ties) on each apparatus earned All-American honors while places six through twelve earned second team All-American status.
UW-Whitewater head coach Jennifer White was named the NCGA coach of the year after leading the Warhawks to a third place finish in Friday’s team competition.
Zimmerman was named the NCGA outstanding senior. In her career with the Engineers, Zimmerman became only the second woman to win the national all-around title twice (2007, 2009). She was also a 14-time All-American and was the MIT female scholar-athlete of the year in 2007 and 2008.
For more information on the 2009 NCGA Championships, click here.