March 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team qualified for NCAA Regionals for a 22nd consecutive season on Monday (March 25), being selected as the No. 1 seed at the Morgantown Regional, to be held Saturday, April 6, at West Virginia University inside WVU Coliseum. Joining Michigan at the regional are No. 8 Nebraska, No. 17 Illinois, No. 19 Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina. The meet will begin at 6 p.m.
The top two teams at each of the six regional sites across the country will qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 19-21 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. The top two all-around gymnasts and any event winner not on a qualifying team will receive berths into the 12-team field at nationals. Michigan is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in the last 21 seasons.
Each of the six regional sites is comprised of three seeded teams ranked among the top 18 in the nation. The remaining three spots in each regional are filled in geographically by the No. 19 to No. 36 squads in the nation.
Joining the six teams in the regional are all-around competitors Austyn Fobes (New Hampshire), Luisa Leal (Rutgers), Kirsten Strausbaugh (Pennsylvania), Alexis Gunzelman (Rutgers) and Kayla Gray (New Hampshire). Fobes will rotate with Michigan. There are also four event specialists at the Regional, including Hannah Barile (New Hampshire) on vault and floor exercise, Jenna Williams (Rutgers) on uneven bars and Claudia Salinas (Rutgers) on balance beam.
For its rotation, Michigan will start on vault and then have a bye during the second rotation. The Wolverines will compete on uneven bars in the third rotation, balance beam in the fourth, and have their second bye in the fifth before closing on floor exercise in the sixth rotation.
This is the second time in the last four years that Michigan will head to Morgantown for regionals. U-M also appeared at the Morgantown Regional in 2010, when it finished second to Stanford. The Wolverines competed at West Virginia earlier this season, finishing first in a quad meet on Feb. 24.
Tickets for the regional can be purchased online at www.wvugame.com or at 1-800-WVU-GAME. The Mountaineer Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423