NCAA Announces Gymastic Regional Invites

Updated 4/1/2008

The NCAA announced its regional selections for the 2008 Women’s Gymnastics Championships yesterday and the Mid-American Conference will be well represented by several talented student-athletes.


MAC Champion Kent State will compete as one of six teams in the Central Region in Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 12. The Golden Flashes will be paired with Stanford, LSU, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio State.


The 2008 MAC Champion squad is led by four first-team All-MAC performers in Christina Lenny, Lydia Barrett, Kristin Peters and Rachel Stuck.


Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4] were named to each of the six regions. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Athens, Georgia, April 24-26, hosted by the University of Georgia.


The MAC has 10 individual invites as well as three competitors listed as alternates. The alternates will compete if another individual is unable to perform.


Representing the MAC in the Central Regional as individuals are all-around competitors Jolene Worley (Eastern Michigan), Andrea de la Garza (Central Michigan), Courtney Lesson (Western Michigan), Breanne Guy (Bowling Green) and Katie Simon (Central Michigan).


Individual Event Specialists at the Central Region are Jacque Bernhardt (Bowling Green) in the vault; Vanessa Rodriguez (Central Michigan) in the uneven bars; and Danielle Espinoza (Central Michigan) in the floor exercise. in addition, Espinoza is an alternate in the balance beam and Erin Grigg (Eastern Michigan) an alternate in the all-around.


At the South Central Region in Norman, Oklahoma, Northern Illinois University will send freshman Holly Reichard and junior Leah Johnson to compete in the all-around competition. In addition, Huskie junior Jennifer Naughton was selected as an alternate on the balance beam event.