Gymnastics Prepares For NCAA Central Regional
April 1, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics team travels to Columbus, Ohio for the 2009 NCAA Central Regional. Competition is set for Saturday, April 4 at 6 p.m. inside St. John Arena on the Ohio State University campus.
The host Buckeyes, LSU, Oregon State, Kent State and Kentucky are the other teams competing for bids to the NCAA Championships held on April 16 -18 at the University of Nebraska.
MSU advances to the NCAA Regionals for the 19th time in program history, and also for the fourth straight season. MSU finished third on six occasions at the Regionals, most recently last season at the NCAA West Regional at Oregon State.
The Spartans are ranked 26th-nationally in the latest GymInfo poll with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 195.130 and an average of 194.640. MSU also ranks seventh in the Central Region and sixth in the Big Ten Conference.
MSU ranks in the top 30 nationally in three events. With a 49.090 RQS, the Spartans rank 17th on floor exercise, 27th on balance beam (48.665 RQS) and are tied for 28th on uneven bars with a 48.800 RQS. Just outside the top 30, MSU ranks 31st on vault with a 48.930 RQS.
Nine of the 11 Spartans who have appeared in the competitive lineup this season have placed among the top-three in at least one event. MSU has totaled 63 top-three individual finishes so far, with 30 coming from the junior class. Junior Nicole Curler leads the way with 15 podium finishes, followed by senior Katlyn Roggensack (11), and junior Rochelle Robinson and sophomore Kelsey Morley, who both have 10.
The Spartans have also had nine student-athletes win or share an individual title in 2009. MSU has 22 individual first place finishes, led by Robinson and Morley who have six each.
MSU has faced each of this weekend's opponents. LSU holds a 21-3 all-time record against the Spartans and Oregon State has won all 11 meetings with MSU. Oregon State and MSU last met at the 2008 NCAA West Regional, with the Beavers taking first. Ohio State and the Spartans met twice this season, with both teams winning one meet, and MSU holds a 49-34 all-time record over the Buckeyes. The Spartans and Kentucky last met in 2007 and are even with a 4-4 all-time record, while Kent State and MSU last met in 2005 with the Spartans holding a 27-4 advantage in the all-time series.
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