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Gymnastics to Travel to Nebraska for NCAA South Central Regional Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/31/2005
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Tucson, Ariz. -The No. 18 Arizona women’s gymnastics team will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the NCAA South Central Regional Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, April. 9. Joining the Wildcats in the regional will be sixth-ranked and host Nebraska, No. 8 Michigan, No. 19 Missouri, Arizona State and Illinois. The meet will take place at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at 7 p.m. (CST).

The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not from an advancing team, at each regional will receive a berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Auburn, Ala., on April. 21-23. In addition, individual event winners not from a qualifying team or all-arounder will advance.

Also competing at the regional meet will be five at-large individual all-around competitors and four at-large individual event specialists.

Arizona will begin the meet on the floor exercise, then move to the vault, followed by a bye, the uneven parallel bars, the balance beam and will conclude the meet with a bye.

Last season, Arizona hosted the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional Championships in McKale Center and placed third with a score of 196.375. Arizona fell one spot short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships behind first-place Utah (197.625) and Florida (197.050). The Wildcats placed ahead of fourth-place Arkansas (195.500), fifth-place Illinois (195.400) and Illinois-Chicago (193.975). Gymnasts Monica Bisordi (all-around) and Andi McCabe (floor) qualified as individual competitors for the NCAA Championships.

The Wildcats have qualified for the Regional Championships for the 19th-straight year, dating back to 1987. Arizona is looking for its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2002, and the first regional championship in the program’s history.

Last Saturday, Arizona earned a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, its highest finish since 2002. Fox Sports Arizona will televise the meet on a tape-delayed basis on Thursday at noon and again on Saturday at 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Viewers outside the state of Arizona can check their local listings for scheduled times and dates.

 

NCAA South Central Region
April 9, 7 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Neb.
Host: University of Nebraska


Teams
1. Nebraska
2. Michigan
3. Arizona
4. Missouri
5. Arizona State
6. Illinois


All-Around Competitors
1. Tara Boldt, Southeast Missouri State
2. Jennifer O'Neil, Illinois-Chicago
3. Jackie Jaworowicz, Illinois-Chicago
4. Kristina Campos, Northern Illinois
5. Katie Bloom, Southeast Missouri State
Alternate - Alyson Cacciatore, Illinois-Chicago

Individual Event Specialists
Vault - Veronique Meunier, Illinois-Chicago 
             (alternate - Brittany Abney, Texas Woman's University)
Uneven Bars - Ashlee Williams, Northern Illinois
            (alternate - Courtney Arno, Texas Woman's University)
Balance Beam - Jessie Jaworowicz, Illinois-Chicago
            (alternate - Rachael Zelinski, Illinois-Chicago)
Floor Exercise - Rachael Goddard, Texas Woman's University
            (alternate - Rachael Zelinski, Illinois-Chicago)
 

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