April 5, 2011
All six Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Qualifier on April 14 as announced on Tuesday. The qualifier will be hosted by Ohio State and will consist of two sessions featuring the top 12 teams in the country based on regional qualifying score (RQS). Three teams from each session will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 15-16, also hosted by Ohio State.
Big Ten Champion Illinois enters the qualifier with the highest RQS of any conference team and is currently ranked fourth in the country at 354.600. Four Big Ten teams immediately follow the Illini, as Penn State ranks fifth at 351.283, Michigan holds sixth at 350.708, Ohio State sits in seventh at 345.800 and Minnesota ranks eighth at 345.367. Iowa rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 11 with an RQS of 341.025.
Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each session of the qualifier to the NCAA Championships.