April 7, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team was selected to compete in the first session of competition at the 2002 NCAA National Championships on Thursday, April 18, at 1 p.m. (CST), the NCAA announced Sunday. Arizona, the South Central Regional runner-up, will take on West Regional Champion Utah, Northeast Regional Champion Nebraska, Central Regional Champion Louisiana State, North Central Regional runner-up Georgia and Northeast Regional runner-up Michigan.
Competing in the second session of the NCAA Championships on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. (CST) are, South Central Regional Champion UCLA, North Central Regional Champion Stanford, Southeast Regional Champion Alabama, West Regional runner-up Oregon State, Southeast Regional runner-up Minnesota and Central Regional runner-up Florida.
The top three finishers from the afternoon and evening sessions will move on to the "Super Six" NCAA National Finals on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. (CST). Arizona will begin the afternoon session on beam and will end on bars.
Arizona is making its first appearance to the National Championships since 1996 and its tenth appearance overall. Arizona's best finish at the National Championship was in 1992, when the team placed fifth (191.950). Two Wildcat gymnasts have won individual National Championships, Anna Basaldua on vault in 1992, and Co-Champion Heidi Hornbeek on floor in 1996.
Arizona's NCAA National Championship Rotation: Afternoon Session
Rotation I: Beam, Rotation II: Bye, Rotation III: Floor, Rotation IV: Vault, Rotation V: Bye, Rotation VI: Bars