Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona individual qualifiers Karin Wurm and Aubrey Taylor will both compete at the NCAA Championships, beginning on Thursday, April 20, in Corvallis, Ore.
|Karin Wurm will compete in the all-around.|
Wurm, who qualified individually in the all-around, will rotate with Oklahoma in the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. Wurm and the Sooners will begin the competition on vault.
Taylor, who qualified individually on the uneven parallel bars, will compete with Georgia and Penn State all-arounder Jennifer Orlando during the third rotation of the evening session. The second session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
In addition to the all-around competition on Thursday, Wurm will be competing for berths in the individual event finals on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m., along with Taylor, who will be vying for a berth in the bars finals. In order to qualify for the event finals, a gymnast must place in the Top 4 (including ties) in that event during her session.
Wurm qualified as an all-arounder for the National Championships by sharing third-place honors at the North Central Regional Championships. She was the highest-scoring all-arounder not from one of the advancing teams, Arizona State and Iowa State.
The 5-4 sophomore totaled a 39.300, the second highest all-around tally of her career. She finished tied for sixth place on both bars (9.850) and floor (9.850), while also posting impressive 9.800 marks on both vault and beam.
|Aubrey Taylor will compete individually on bars.|
Taylor qualified for the National Championships by earning a share of the bars title with a score of 9.900, a mark that matched her career-high for the sixth time this season. The 5-2 junior also totaled a 38.925 in the all-around to place ninth overall. In addition to her bar set, she earned scores of 9.425 on vault, 9.825 on beam and 9775 on floor.The two become the first Wildcat gymnasts to advance to National Championships since Monica Bisordi and Andi McCabe qualified in 2004.