April 7, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Following its first-place finish at the NCAA Morgantown Regional yesterday, the No. 5-ranked University of Michigan women's gymnastics team was picked to compete in the evening session (6 p.m. PDT) of the semifinals at the NCAA Championships on Friday, April 19, the NCAA announced Sunday (April 7). The Wolverines will square off with Oklahoma, Alabama, UCLA, Utah and Arkansas in their session, while Florida, Georgia, LSU, Stanford, Minnesota and Illinois will compete in the first session at noon PDT in Los Angeles, Calif.
The top three teams from each semifinal session advance to the Super Six on Saturday, April 20, for a shot at the national championship. The Super Six will begin at 4 p.m. PDT. Additionally, the top four individuals from each semifinal session in each event (plus ties) will compete in individual event finals on Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. PDT.
By virtue of winning the NCAA Morgantown Regional, Michigan advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in the last 21 seasons (20th overall). The Wolverines have made the Super Six in 10 of those years, finishing in the top 10 in all but one year (2007, tie-11th) and as high as second on two occasions (1995, '99). They last qualified to the NCAA Championships in 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, where they finished sixth (196.425), with Kylee Botterman winning the NCAA title in the all-around.
Michigan's rotation for the semifinals will be uneven bars (first), balance beam (second), bye (third), floor exercise (fourth), vault (fifth) and bye (sixth). Oregon State all-arounder Chelsea Tang will rotate with the Wolverines.
The process for determining rotation pairings for day one of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS), which is calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition. Once the NQS is calculated, 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. The host team and its corresponding group will compete in the second semifinal. The Wolverines achieved an NQS of 393.960 (RQS of 197.235, Regionals score of 196.725), ranking seventh of the 12 teams.
The NCAA Championships will take place at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted by UCLA. Tickets are available at www.uclabruins.com or by calling (310) 825-2946.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423
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