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Ball State: Nicole Allen Competes at NCAA Gymnastics Regional
AUBURN, Ala. -
Nicole Allen, a junior member of the Ball State gymnastics team, finished 14th in the all-around at the NCAA Central Regional held at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.
Allen managed a 9.800 on the vault, a 9.725 on the bars, a 9.700 on the beam and a 9.65 on the floor for an all-around score of 38.875.
Allen managed a career high 39.150 in the all-around at Michigan State this season. She placed seventh in the all-around (38.75) at the MAC Championships this season plus tied for fourth on the vault (9.85) and was fifth on the floor (9.85).
This marks the second straight season Allen has been selected for the Regional in the all-around. She placed 19th at the NCAA Central Regional last season. Allen was a 2012 All-MAC Second Team choice after earning first-team honors in 2011. She was the 2011 MAC Floor Co-Champion and the 2011 MAC Vault Co-Champion.
Bowling Green: Falcons Complete Gymnastics Regionals
AUBURN, Ala. -
It was a big day for the Bowling Green State University gymnastics team on Saturday night (April 7). In Auburn, Ala., the Falcons sent a school record four gymnasts to the Regional meet, competing with some of the best gymnasts in the country.
Gina Locigno and Megan Harrington competed in the all-around, while Jamilah Ali showcased her talents on beam and Danielle Wishart participated on vault.
Wishart was the most impressive, scoring a 9.800 to finish 24th among 41 competitors on vault.
Ali, the reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman Gymnast of the Year, posted a 9.550 on beam to finish tied for 33rd.
Harrington and Locigno placed 18th and 19th in the all-around with scores of 38.225 and 36.975.
While none of the Falcons advanced to Nationals, all four will return for the 2013 season.
Central Michigan: Chippewas' Season Ends at NCAA Regional with a 194.150
SEATTLE, Wash. -
The Central Michigan gymnastics program wrapped up its 2012 campaign Saturday night, finishing sixth at the NCAA Regional at the University of Washington with a score of 194.150.
No. 4 Alabama and No. 9 LSU finished in the top two spots to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22 with scores of 197.025 and 196.075, while No. 23 Washington finished third with a 195.825, No. 16 Arizona fourth with a 195.150 and Iowa fifth with a 194.600.
The Chippewas close the season with a 21-11 record overall, finishing with 20-plus wins for the third-straight year and the eighth time in program history, and advancing to their fourth consecutive NCAA postseason event.
Freshman Halle Moraw had a very strong showing in her first NCAA postseason appearance, scoring a career-high 39.100 to finish seventh overall in the all-around competition.
CMU's most impressive performance of the evening came in the third rotation when it tied a season-high on the uneven bars with a 49.025. Sophomore Brittany Petzold finished tied for fourth in the event with a 9.850, while senior Kristin Teubner and Moraw both placed 10th with a 9.825. Junior Emily LaFontaine gave Central its fourth 9.8 of the event, finishing tied for 18th.
The Chippewas closed the night on the balance beam, getting a team-high 9.800 and 11th-place finish from freshman Taylor Noonan. Moraw scored a 9.775 to finish 16th in the event.
CMU started the evening on floor and struggled, scoring their third-lowest score of the season with a 48.150. Moraw led the way with a 9.775 to finish 14th.
Teubner helped the Chippewas bounce back in the second rotation, leading the way on the vault with a 9.850 for a fifth-place finish. Junior Meaghan McWhorter scored a 9.750 and Moraw tallied a 9.725 as the Chippewas scored a 48.650 in the event.
Petzold, the all-around champion at the MAC Championships on March 24, and Teubner finished tied for 12th in the all-around, scoring 38.825 respectively.
The meet concludes the career of Teubner, who during her time at CMU was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2009, Co-Gymnast of the Year in 2011 and Senior of the Year this season.
Kent State: Gymnastics Concludes Season at NCAA Regionals
RALEIGH, N.C. –
The Kent State gymnastics team concluded the 2012 season Saturday with the team's sixth-place finish at the N.C. State Regional of the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Championship. The Golden Flashes posted a team score of 193.575.
"Today wasn't our day," said head coach Brice Biggin. "It was like if it could go wrong today, it did. It was certainly wasn't because of a lack of effort. The team did as well as we could expect them to."
Kent State was without its top all-around performer, sophomore Marie Case (Erie, Pa.), who was a late scratch, meaning alternates needed to fill in on short notice.
Maybe because of the late lineup changes, the Golden Flashes struggled to get off with a solid start, as the team posted a 48.350 on the balance beam. After a bye, Kent State then had to count a low score on the way to a 48.000 score on the floor routine.
Four gymnasts posted 9.675s on the balance beam, including late lineup addition freshman Nicole Radon (Hamburg, N.Y.). Junior Lauren Wozniak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a team-best 9.800 on the floor exercise. At a time Kent State needed its best performances of the season, none of the team's individual scores for the beam or floor were among the team's season top 20 scores.
Kent State then posted a 48.900 on the vault, led by a 9.850 freshman Whitnee Johnson(Columbia, Mo.), which tied a season-high and was tied for 11th at the regional. Junior Rachel Guida(Cumberland, R.I.) tallied a 9.800 for the second-best team score, which tied for 21st.
The Golden Flashes wrapped up on the uneven bars, where the squad combined for a 48.325. Guida led Kent State with a 9.850, which was good for a tie for fourth overall and tied for her career best. It was the lone top 10 finish for the Golden Flashes in individual standings.
The meet marked the final intercollegiate competition for Kent State's four seniors: Jaimee Caldwell, Rachel Goldenberg, Erin Rothrock and Brianna Skiffington.
Northern Illinois: Gotlund, Rachan Wrap Up NCAA Regional Competition Downstate
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -
Northern Illinois gymnasts Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) and Tanya Rachan (Lowell, Ind./Hanover Central HS) had mixed results in representing the Huskies in the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Champaign Regional on Saturday at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall.
Representing NIU with two competitors in the NCAAs for the first time since 2009, Gotlund had one of her best all-around scores of the season while Rachan slipped up for the first time all season in the floor exercise.
Gotlund, a second team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a sophomore, was on her marks all day as she produced a score of 38.475 on the all-around. During the 12-meet season, she bettered that score only four other times. She scored over 9.600 in both the vault (9.625) and floor exercise (9.675). She pulled out an even 9.600 on the balance beam and rounded out the day with a 9.575 on the uneven parallel bars, which was one of her best bar performances of the year. Overall, Gotlund finished 15th among 17 all-around competitors.
"Kim hit all four events," said first-year NIU Head Coach Sam Morreale. "She was as cool as a cucumber all day. She definitely stepped up to the challenge. She had it a little different than Tanya because she got to do more events. She had a really good day, one that she could definitely build off of for next year. She was extremely impressive and had a good demeanor."
Rachan scored a 9.225 in the floor exercise, which was her lone event of the day. The lowest score of her senior season resulted from an unfortunate hand touch on her last pass of an otherwise solid routine that produced a 40th place finish out of 42 competitors.
"Tanya had a hand touch on her last pass," said Morreale. "It was very uncharacteristic of her. All in all, she had a great season. It just wasn't the culmination that she wanted it to be. She had a great work out yesterday and great warm-up today. A little bit of nerves might have gotten to her. It was a very different meet for her as she was not with her team and was the last kid on the floor with nothing else going on. All eyes were on her. Not to make excuses for her, but I think she got a little tight and tried a little too hard. I'm very proud of her."
For Rachan, all was not lost in the grand scheme of her senior season. It was the first time in her career that she had reached NCAA Regionals and was NIU's top competitor on the floor and vault in 2012. She was also an Illinois All-State and Academic All-State honoree.
Gotlund has two years left to build on being an NCAA Regional competitor as a sophomore. With the Huskies improving from seventh in the MAC Championships last year to fourth in Morreale's first year, Gotlund and Co. have plenty of good experiences from the 2012 campaign to build on.
"This season was definitely a huge step for us," Morreale said. "Our goal was to get to the NCAA Regionals as a team. But at the same time, it justifies what Tanya and Kim have been doing all year. Week in week out, they got it done.
"As far as a team, a handful of them came down today to watch. They are all going to have chips on their shoulders next year. They feel we are a team that can get here. We will definitely use a lot of the success we had to springboard into next year. We will make some changes in areas where we fell short this year. I feel really good about our future. We are losing a great group of seniors, but I feel good about the returners and where we are going to go with the new kids coming in. We have a chance to be even better next year."
Western Michigan: Four Bronco Gymnasts Compete at NCAA Regionals
Seniors Cepeda Carter and Taylor Zondervan as well as junior Caroline O'Brien and sophomore Lauren Bledsoe competed Saturday, April 7, at the NCAA Regional held by Auburn University. All four were at-large representatives, qualifying with scores from the 2012 season.
Although Carter and Zondervan both qualified as all-arounders, an ankle injury limited Zondervan to competing on just the uneven bars. She placed 38th with a 9.650.
Carter totaled a 38.800 in the all-around, scoring a 9.800 on vault, 9.750 on bars, 9.675 on balance beam and 9.575 on the floor exercise. Her highest finish was on vault, tying for 24th, and her 9.800 tied a career high.
"Cepeda's performance was one of the best ever for us at regionals," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "She went 4 for 4 and completed a yurchenko layout full for the first time ever, scoring a career-high 9.8.
"Taylor's ankle injury only enabled her to compete on bars, which she did so admirably. Her toughness should make all the Bronco fans proud."
O'Brien was the third Bronco to compete on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.775, and tying for 23rd. O'Brien was making her second trip to a regional in as many years. Bledsoe went up on the floor exercise, totaling a 9.200.
"Caroline did a great bar routine and is 2 for 2 the last two years at regionals," Kuzara added.
The regional competition marked the end of the gymnastics season. Western Michigan finished 2012 runners-up in the Mid-American Conference regular season with a 4-2 record and third at the MAC Championships.