March 26, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Fresh off its fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team qualified for the NCAA Regionals for the 21st consecutive season on Monday (March 26) and will be the fourth seed at the Auburn Regional, to be held on Saturday, April 7, at 6 p.m. CDT inside Auburn Arena. Joining Michigan and Auburn, which is ranked No. 18 in the country, is No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Oregon State, West Virginia and Michigan State.
The top two teams at the regional will qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga. The top two all-around gymnasts and any event winner not on a qualifying team receive berths into the 12-team field at the national meet. Michigan is looking to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in the last 20 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 championships are all-around competitors Nicole Allen (Ball State), former U-M gymnast Taylor Zondervan (Western Michigan), Cepeda Carter (Western Michigan), Megan Harrington (Bowling Green), and Gina Locigno (Bowling Green) and individual-event specialists Danielle Wishart (vault, Bowling Green), Caroline O'Brien (uneven bars, Western Michigan), Jamilah Ali (balance beam, Bowling Green), and Lauren Bledsoe (floor exercise, Western Michigan).
Also announced was the rotation order. Similar to a home meet, Michigan will start on vault, and then have a bye during the second rotation. The Wolverines will compete on uneven bars in the third, balance beam in the fourth and have their second bye in the fifth before closing on floor exercise in the sixth rotation.
Fans can purchase tickets to the Auburn Regional online at www.auburntigers.com/tickets or by calling 1-855-282-2010. The Auburn ticket office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423