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All Five WAC Gymnastics Teams to be Represented at NCAA Regionals
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Denver

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -(DU Media Relations) The No. 14 University of Denver gymnastics squad learned its NCAA Regional fate this afternoon, as the Pioneers were selected to compete in the Champaign Regional on the campus of the University of Illinois. Joining the Crimson and Gold in the six-team field will be No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Stanford, No. 22 Illinois, No. 24 Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago. The meet will take place at Assembly Hall on April 7, at 3 p.m. MT.

"I'm really pleased with how the team performed to close out the regular season," head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart said. "We have room for improvement in training this week, but I'm pleased that this team is peaking at the right time of the season. We are looking forward to what should be a tremendous competition."

DU is coming off its first Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, scoring a 196.350 on its way to victory. The Pioneers have scored a 196 of higher in five or their last six meets.

Denver finished the regular season with a Regional Qualifying Score of 196.090, the second-highest RQS in school-history. The Pioneers No. 14 national ranking heading into the NCAA Regionals is tied for the third-highest since the GymInfo polls began in 1997.

The top-two teams from each six-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22.

DU's rotation order: Bye, Bars, Beam, Bye, Floor, Vault

The NCAA also announced the individuals that will join the six team field at the Champaign Regional . Kim Genereux (Illinois State), Rashonda Cannie (Texas Woman's), Samantha King (Illinois State), Kim Goutlund (Northern Illinois) and Megan Fosnow (Southeast Missouri State) will compete in the All-Around. Kayla Jones (Texas Woman's) will compete as a Vault specialist, Courtney Cochefski (Texas Woman's) will compete on Bars, Taylor Westrick (Southeast Missouri State) will compete on Beam and Tanya Rachan (Northern Illinois) will compete on Floor.


Sacramento State

Indianapolis, Ind. - Three Sacramento State gymnasts have been selected to participate in the Seattle NCAA Regional. Kalliah McCartney, Nicole Meiller and Kailey Hansen will compete in the event on April 7 at Alaska Airlines Arena on the campus of the university of Washington.

Hansen, who will compete on floor exercise at the regional, finished first on both beam and floor last week at the WAC Championship meet in Logan, Utah. The sophomore became the first Hornet to win two WAC titles in the same meet in school history. Hansen will also be an alternate at the regional on vault and balance beam.

McCartney will compete in the all-around at the regional. She took home some hardware from last week's WAC championship meet, earning WAC Freshman of the Year. McCartney was an all-arounder in every meet during the season and set the school record in the all-around last weekend at San Jose State. At the WAC Championships, McCartney tied for third with a four-event total of 39.350 which is tied for the second highest in school history.

Meiller will compete on vault and uneven bars at the NCAA regional. Meiller took home second-team all-WAC honors on bars as she placed tied for fourth at the WAC Championship meet by matching her career best with a 9.875. She also took home second-team all-WAC honors on bars on vault with a 9.825.


San Jose State

Indianapolis, Ind.-(SJSU Media Relations) For the sixth time in school history, the San Jose State women's gymnastics team will compete at an NCAA Regional.  This year, the Spartans travel to the University of Utah for the meet on Saturday, April 7, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center at 6 p.m. MDT.

San Jose State is one of 36 teams competing in six regionals that night.  The top-18 teams were seeded on a national basis, based on Regional Qualifying Scores.  The next 18 teams were then placed in regions, partially based on geographic proximity and hosts.  All-around competitors and event specialists were assigned within their respective regions.

Competing at the regional with the Spartans include Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa State and Arizona State.  The Spartans begin on floor, their best event, then rotate to vault, bye, bars, beam and end on a bye.

The Spartans finished fourth at the Western Athletic Conference this past Saturday.  Senior Thomasina Wallace won the all-around with a 39.400 and was named the 2012 WAC Gymnast of the Year.  She was first team All-WAC on floor and bars and a second team selection on vault.  Katie Valleau was a first team selection on floor after finishing tied for second on floor.

Tickets for the regional can be purchased at the Rice-Eccles Stadium Box Office or over the phone at (801) 581-8849.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth and students.


Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah - (SUU Media Relations) - Southern Utah University's Alyssa Click has been named an at-large qualifier for the NCAA Gymnastics Regionals which will be held at the University of Utah on April 7. The Vancouver, Wash. native qualified on the balance beam and will enter the competition ranked among the best in the nation.

Click finished the year with a regional qualifying score of 9.890 on the apparatus which puts the junior No. 9 in the nation and first in the North Central region and Western Athletic Conference. Click narrowly missed out on a WAC title last weekend, finishing second with a 9.900 on the event, but did capture the uneven bar title with a school-record 9.925. The title was her second consecutive WAC title on the event, having taken home the bar title in 2011 after scoring a 9.850.

Click scored a 9.900 or higher on the balance beam four times during the year, including back-to-back 9.925's during the final regular season meets, notching the third-best mark in school history.

Click is scheduled to rotate with San Jose State at the meet in Salt Lake and will be competing on beam during the fifth rotation. The University of Utah will have a free video feed for the meet with suutbirds.com carrying live stats for the competition. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on April 7 in the Huntsman Center.


Utah State

LOGAN, Utah - (USU Media Relations) Three Utah State gymnasts were selected to compete in the NCAA North Central Regional Championships, held on Saturday, April 7 in Salt Lake City, announced Monday by the NCAA.

Senior Rebecca Holliday, sophomore Paige Jones and freshman Sarah Landes will all be competing in the all-around.

The North Central Regional Championships are hosted by the University of Utah, and action will get underway at 6 p.m. (MT) at Utah's Huntsman Center. USU opened the 2012 season in a dual against Utah at the Huntsman Center on Jan. 13.

"We're very excited to have three individuals qualify for regionals," USU head coach Jeff Richards said. "It's great that we're competing at Utah. It's close to home, and we're familiar with the arena and the crowd. I know the girls will be excited to compete in that great environment but know what to expect and what to do to focus on their gymnastics."

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum RQS of 9.4] were named to each of the six predetermined host sites.

Utah State ended team competition on Saturday, hosting the Western Athletic Conference Championships, where the Aggies placed fifth. USU is ranked No. 46 in this week's rankings and only the top 36 teams advance to the NCAA Regionals. This is the fifth year in a row and sixth in last seven that USU did not qualify for regionals as a team, but the Aggies have sent at least three individuals in each of the last five years.

This will be Jones' second regional appearance, while it will be the first for Holliday and Landes, after Holliday was named an alternate last year.
 
Jones, a native of Smithville, Mo., competed on floor and vault at last year's North Central Regionals at Denver, where she was 40th on vault with a 9.550 and 39th on floor with a 9.425. This season, Jones has a 38.865 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) in the all-around, averaging 38.608 on the year. She posted her career-best 39.200 in a home dual against BYU on March 5, for one of her two scores topping the 39.000 mark. On Saturday at the WAC Championships, Jones was eighth in the all-around with a 38.650. Jones has two all-around wins this season, coming in back-to-back meets, winning it in the dual vs. BYU on March 5 with her career-high 39.200, while also nabbing first in a dual at Southern Utah on March 9 with a 38.975.

Landes, an Edmond, Okla., native, has a 38.935 all-around RQS, with a season-average of 38.713. She notched her career-high of 39.350 on Feb. 10 in a home dual vs. San Jose State, one of her five scores of 39.000 or better this season. Landes earned second-team all-WAC honors by placing sixth in the all-around at the WAC Championships with a 39.125, also earning first-team all-WAC accolades by tying for second on floor with a career-best 9.875. Landes has two all-around wins this season, collecting the crown in a tri-meet with Southern Utah and Boise State on Feb. 27 with a 39.255 and taking top honors in a dual with Sacramento State on Feb. 17.

Holliday, a native of Orange, Calif., has an all-around RQS of 38.400, averaging 38.404 this season. She posted her career-best of 38.925 this season in a tri-meet at BYU with Southern Utah on Feb. 25, and added a 38.900 to place seventh Saturday in the WAC Championships, for her two marks of 38.900 or better. This season, Holliday set new career-highs in all four events plus the all-around.

The three Aggie gymnasts will be joined at North Central Regional Championships by fellow WAC foe San Jose State, along with Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State and host Utah. USU's three all-arounders will be joined by BYU's Raquel Willman and Linnaea Hance of Air Force. Natalie Pickard of BYU is the vault individual qualifier, while BYU teammate Natalie Pickard is the bars qualifier, and fellow Cougar Krysten Koval is the individual qualifier on floor. Southern Utah's Alyssa Click is the individual qualifier on beam.

WAC Champion Denver will be competing in the Champaign, Ill., regional.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22, hosted by the Gwinnett Center and Georgia Tech.

In addition, the event winners at each regional site will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
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