Penn State's Gemma Cuff Finishes Seventh on Floor

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April 15, 2000; BOISE, Idaho - Penn State junior Gemma Cuff (Loughborough, England) scored a 9.825 in the floor exercise in the event final at the 2000 NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Boise on Saturday night.

The junior All-American finished seventh in the event. Georgia junior Suzanne Sears took home the national championship with a score of 9.950.

"I think Gemma did great," Nittany Lion head coach Steve Shephard said. "Her teammates and the coaching staff are very proud of her. She beat some outstanding athletes. We're very pleased, and it will be great experience for her when she makes finals next year."

Cuff captured first-team All-America honors in the floor exercise with her third-place finish with a 9.900 during Thursday's preliminary team competition. She also earned second-team All-America honors on the uneven bars (9.800) and in the all-around (39.175).

On vault, Nebraska senior Heather Brink claimed the national title with a 9.950. Alabama sophomore Andree Pickens was second with a 9.900.

Gymnasts from national champion UCLA dominated on the balance beam. Senior Lena Degteva captured the individual national title with a 9.913 score, while junior teammate Mohini Bhardwaj followed with a 9.900.

On the uneven bars, UCLA's Bhardwaj claimed top honors with a 9.950. Nebraska's Brink followed closely with a 9.925.

To qualify for the individual event finals, each gymnast finished among the top four in Thursday's preliminary sessions. Each gymnast competing in the event final earned first-team All-America honors.

Making its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, Penn State finished fourth in its session and seventh overall in team competition. The Nittany Lions missed qualifying for the "Super Six" competition by just half a point.

CBS will televise the National Championships on a tape-delayed basis, airing at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 23.

 NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Pavilion Arena, Boise, Idaho Friday, April 14: SUPER SIX RESULTS Vault Bars Beam Floor TOTAL 1. ** UCLA 49.450 49.350 49.125 49.375 197.300 2. Utah 49.400 49.000 49.125 49.350 196.875 3. Georgia 49.475 49.025 48.800 49.500 196.800 4. Nebraska 49.150 49.250 48.975 49.350 196.725 5. Alabama 49.275 49.150 48.925 49.150 196.500 6. Michigan 49.375 48.975 48.100 49.275 195.725 **national team champion Saturday, April 15: INDIVIDUAL EVENT RESULTS VAULT: 1- *Heather Brink, Nebraska 9.9500 2- Andree Pickens, Alabama 9.9000 3- Janessa Grieco, Michigan 9.8440 4- Heidi Moneymaker, UCLA 9.8375 5- Sarah Cain, Michigan 9.8065 Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA 9.8065 Onnie Willis, UCLA 9.8065 8- Katie Hornecker, Alabama 9.7940 9- Gabi Weller, Towson 9.7755 10- Christine Michaud, Michigan 9.7750 11- Suzanne Sears, Georgia 9.7505 12- Monica Flammer, Georgia 9.6750 13- Kristi Lichey, Georgia 9.5440 UNEVEN BARS: 1- *Mohinia Bhardwaj, UCLA 9.950 2- Heather Brink, Nebraska 9.925 3- Andree Pickens, Alabama 9.888 Lena Degteva, UCLA 9.888 5- Kathleen Shrieves, Georgia 9.863 6- Jennifer Schmidt, Utah 9.850 7- Natalie Barrington, Alabama 9.838 8- Sarah Cain, Michigan 9.788 9- Dara Stewart, Alabama 9.775 10- Heidi Moneymaker, UCLA 9.325 11- Kristin Sterner, Alabama 8.925 BALANCE BEAM: 1- *Lena Degteva, UCLA 9.913 2- Mohini Bhardwaj, UCLA 9.900 3- Katy Herbert, Stanford 9.863 4- Denise Jones, Utah 9.850 5- Kristi Lichey, Georgia 9.838 6- Talya Vexler, Georgia 9.813 7- Angelika Schatton, Utah 9.800 8- Betsy Hamm, Iowa State 9.288 9- Shannon MacKenzie, Michigan 9.250 10- Kelli More, Iowa State 9.150 11- Deidra Graham, Utah 9.075 Amanda Curry, Georgia dnc-injured FLOOR EXERCISE: 1- *Suzanne Sears, Georgia 9.950 2- Denise Jones, Utah 9.913 3- Sarah Cain, Michigan 9.900 4- Talya Vexler, Georgia 9.888 5- Heidi Moneymaker, UCLA 9.875 Kristin Sterner, Alabama 9.875 7- GEMMA CUFF, PENN STATE 9.825 8- Heather Brink, Nebraska 9.800 9- A.J. Lamb, Nebraska 9.713 *national champion 

 

 

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