March 23, 2004
CLEVELAND --- Kent State's team, plus a total of nine individuals from other Mid-American Conference schools, will represent the conference at the 2004 NCAA Gymnastics Regionals April 2-3, the NCAA National Office announced Monday.
After spending much of the season nationally ranked in the GymInfo Rankings, the No. 24 Golden Flashes accumulated a regional qualifying score of 196.360, good for the fifth team spot in the Central Region. Kent State will face off against No. 6 Brigham Young, No. 7 Louisiana State, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 23 Auburn and Michigan State. Also qualifying in the Central Region are five individuals from other MAC institutions. Slated to compete in the all-around are Bowling Green's Melissa Popovich and Central Michigan's Sara Burtinsky and Kara Reighard. Eastern Michigan's Brooke Morari has been selected as a floor exercise specialist, while Western Michigan's Christy Sassic was chosen as a balance beam alternate. The Central Region will hold its regional April 2 in Baton Rouge, La., on the campus of Louisiana State University.
Northern Illinois, the lone MAC school in the South Central Region, will send four individuals to compete in the all-around and on vault and floor in its respective regional. Kristina Campos makes a return visit to the regional, as she also made an individual appearance in 2003. Campos and Dannielle Dacey will both be competing in the all-around, while Kelly Kramer is the individual vault event specialist and Ashlee Williams is the floor exercise alternate. The South Central Regional will be held April 3 at Tucson, Ariz., on the campus of the University of Arizona.
The NCAA National Gymnastics meet is slated for April 15-17 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.