Illinois and Michigan Advance to NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
April 2, 2011
Illinois and Michigan each advanced to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships after placing in the top two of their respective Regional Championships on Saturday night. The No. 2 seed and host Wolverines won the Ann Arbor Regional, while the No. 3 seed Fighting Illini took second at the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Five individual Big Ten gymnasts also punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships, as Iowa's Houry Gebeshian and Rebecca Simbhudas, Minnesota's Kayla Slechta and Penn State's Sharaya Musser all advance by virtue of their all-around finish at their respective regionals. Ohio State's Rebecca Best also advances after winning the balance beam title at the Ann Arbor Regional.
Kylee Botterman led the way for Michigan, winning the all-around title with a score of 39.500. The Wolverines earned individual titles in three of the four events, as Botterman took the floor exercise crown (9.925), Joanna Sampson won the vault title (9.900) and Jordan Sexton and Trish Wilson tied for first on the parallel bars (9.900). The Illini earned top-four finishes individually in each event to push them to second place.
Penn State finished third in the Tuscaloosa Regional, while Ohio State placed third and Minnesota tied for fourth in the Ann Arbor Regional. Michigan State took third and Iowa placed fifth at the Corvallis Regional.
The 2011 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for April 15-17 in Cleveland.