Story Courtesy of Kent State Media Relations
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Kent State (15-8) hit on all 24 routines and finished fifth of six teams with a score of 194.825 Saturday night (April 10) at the Morgantown regional. Stanford won with a 196.775, while Michigan will be the other representative to the NCAA Championships with a 195.800.
"Overall, we are extremely proud of the girls," head coach Brice Biggin said. "To be able to go out there and go 24-for-24 in an extremely pressure-intense meet, we, as coaches, are very proud of how they went out there and carried themselves."
Southern Utah took third (195.325), host West Virginia took fourth (195.100) and North Carolina State finished last (193.425).
Senior Lydia Barrett, in her last meet with Kent State, recorded the best score on the night with a 9.850 on vault to finish eighth. Barrett and sophomore Erin Rothrock tied for 12th on bars with a 9.800.
"As a senior, it was a great way for Barrett to finish a great career here," Biggin said. "This meet was one of her best overall competitions of the year for her. The meet was very gratifying as she has worked very hard and has been a great leader for this team. It's nice to see her successful in her last meet."
Juniors Christina Lenny and Christine Abou-Mitri went 11th and 12th in the all-around with a 38.850 and 38.825, respectively.
Other 9.800 scores include Lenny and freshman Rachel Guida on vault and Barrett on floor. Abou-Mitri claimed the best KSU routine on beam with a 9.775.
As a team, KSU's best event of the night was bars. They recorded the meets third-highest mark with a 48.800, behind Michigan and Stanford.
This was the third-consecutive year the Golden Flashes have qualified for regionals as a team.
"I think our kids understand that we need to be at regionals every year," Biggin said. "Now, it comes down to how good do you want to be in that top 36. The last two years certainly helped, but this year, I think we made a statement to a lot of other teams that watched us compete. We went out and hit every routine tonight. That is a big statement for us."
With the performance, Kent State has a chance to finish the season ranked in the top 25. Final season polls will be released on Sunday night (April 11).