April 6, 2004
BATON ROUGE, La. - Central Michigan University gymnast Sara Burtinsky qualified for the NCAA Championship with a fourth-place finish in the all-around competition at the Central Region Championship on Friday evening behind a score of 39.325.
Competing as an individual, Burtinsky also tied for the bars title with a 9.900. She notched a 9.800 on vault, a 9.825 on beam and a 9.800 on floor.
Competing as a team, No. 24 Kent State fell short of its bid to reach the national competition. The Golden Flashes compiled a team score of 194.850 to place sixth at the 2004 NCAA Central Regional Championships. Host Louisiana State University won the meet with a 197.500 score at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. Arizona State placed second with a 196.500 and will be joining the Tigers at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., April 15-17.
The 2004 Mid-American Conference uneven bars, balance beam and all-around champion, it is Burtinsky's first trip to the national championship. The NCAA Championship will be held on April 15 in Los Angeles, Calif.