Gymnastics Selected For NCAA Central Regional
March 23, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team earned a trip to the NCAA Central Regional Monday afternoon. The Spartans are the No. 6 seed in the Central Region and travel to Columbus, Ohio for the competition. MSU will face LSU, Oregon State, Ohio State, Kent State and Kentucky on Saturday, April 4 at 6 p.m. inside St. John Arena.
"We are very excited to be selected for the NCAA regional championship at Ohio State," said head coach Kathie Klages. "We feel that the competition will be exceptional in this region and we are working hard to make improvements upon our Big Ten Championships performance to help our final national ranking."
The two teams in each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 16-18 in Lincoln, Neb. Along with the top two teams, the top two all-around competitors, not associated with the first and second place teams, and the individual event champions, will qualify for nationals.
Michigan State is currently ranked No. 26 in the country by GymInfo with a regional qualifying score of 195.130. The Spartans finished sixth at last weekend's Big Ten Championship. Three Spartans earned All-Big Ten team honors, as junior Rochelle Robinson was a first team selection, while classmate Nicole Curler and sophomore Kelsey Morley were named to the second team.
LSU, the one-seed in the Central region, is fifth in the nation with a 196.760 RQS, while second-seeded Oregon State is eighth nationally with a 196.520 RQS. Rounding out the field, Ohio State is 17th (195.735), Kent State is 22nd (195.335) and Kentucky is 24th (195.295).
For ticket information, visit the Ohio State athletic site, www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
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