Gymnastics: WVU Qualifies for Southeast Regional

  • March 29, 2010 04:33 PM
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by Shannon McNamara for MSNsportsNET.com
March 29, 2010


  Amy Bieski

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2010 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships regional selections were announced today and West Virginia University will host the 2010 Southeast Regional competition on April 10, at 6 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (19-9, 12-2 EAGL) qualified as the No. 6 seed to earn their 27th regional berth. The NCAA has sponsored gymnastics since 1983, and WVU has advanced to the national championships three times (1995, 1999, 2000).

Stanford and Michigan, both ranked sixth in this week’s GymInfo Poll, earned the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. No. 18-ranked Southern Utah earned the third seed, while East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) foe NC State secured the fourth seed. Kent State rounds out the field and is seeded fifth.

WVU is 2-2 against the field. The Mountaineers split their two meets with the Wolfpack this season, defeating NCSU, 194.0-193.225, on Jan. 24, and losing 195.7-195.075 at the league championship on March 27. WVU also defeated KSU, 192.425-190.625, on Jan. 16, and lost to UM, 196.4-194.475, on Feb. 5.

In addition to the six teams, five all-arounders and one individual event specialist per event will compete from non-qualifying teams.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from the Southeast Regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Fla., on April 22-23, hosted by the University of Florida.

Event winners at the regional championships also will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or one of the all-around qualifiers.

The Mountaineers recently finished third with 195.075 points, the squad’s second-best score of the season, at the 2010 EAGL Championship on March 27. The score pushed WVU’s regional qualifying score to 194.81 and gave the Mountaineers the No. 1 league ranking in this week’s GymInfo Poll.

This season marks the seventh time the Mountaineers have been host of an NCAA Regional since 1983. WVU last welcomed a regional to the Coliseum in 2007, when it finished third to UCLA and LSU. The last four regionals the Mountaineers have hosted in 1994, 1999, 2002 and 2007 have attracted an average attendance of 2,726, including the 1994 crowd of 3,492, the largest gymnastics crowd in Coliseum history.

Tickets to the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional are $10 each when purchased in advance and are available online at WVUGAME.com or by calling the Mountaineer Ticket Office at 1-800-WVU-GAME. Groups of 10 or more can receive a special group rate of $6 per person by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

Southeast Region – Morgantown, W.Va. (West Virginia University, host)
1. Stanford
2. Michigan
3. Southern Utah
4. NC State
5. Kent State
6. West Virginia

All-Around Competitors
1. Leslie Delima, George Washington
2. Alise McDonald, Towson
3. Megan Quinn, George Washington
4. Kayla Carto, George Washington
5. Teenie Beck, William & Mary

Individual Event Specialists
Vault – Avis Hixon, Towson
Uneven Bars – Jackie Schweitzer, Towson
Balance Beam – Jackie Schweitzer, Towson
Floor Exercise – Avis Hixon, Towson

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