NCAA Women¡¯s Gymnastics Championship Rotations Announced
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 18, 2007 ¨C Penn State freshman gymnast Brandi Personett (Katy, Texas) will compete in the second session of the NCAA Women¡¯s Gymnastics Championships, hosted by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, April 26-28. Personett is one of 12 all-around competitors (not on an automatically qualifying team) to advance to the Championship competition. She will rotate with host and No. 7 Utah during the second session on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. MT (9:00 p.m. ET).
The University of Michigan was the only Big Ten team to advance past Regional Competition but Personett, Michigan State¡¯s Rochelle Robinson (all-around) and Ohio State¡¯s Kaylan Clevinger (bars) both advanced as individual competitors.
Penn State fell just shy of advancing to the team National Championships, placing third at the NCAA North Central Regionals at Denver by a slim .050 margin. No. 2 Georgia took home the team title with a 197.275 as No. 14 Denver scored a 195.825 for second and Penn State scored a 195.775 for third. No. 23 BYU (193.300), No. 25 Minnesota (192.900) and No. 28 Utah State (192.525) rounded out the team competitors. Personett finished second in the all-around with a career-high-tying 39.425. Georgia¡¯s Courtney Kupets claimed the all-around title with a 39.525.
The NCAA Women¡¯s Gymnastics Championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and individual event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each of the six NCAA Regional Championships, held on April 14, received automatic berths to the National Championships. In addition, the event winners at the Regional Championship advanced to the National Championships, in their specific event, if they were not part of a qualifying team or an individual all-around qualifier.
Preliminary team and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions Thursday, April 26 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six Competition Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Penn State women¡¯s gymnastics team, please visit www.GoPSUsports.com.