April 7, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The Big Ten will send three teams and six gymnasts to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships following the conclusion of NCAA Regional competitions on Saturday night. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota will head to the national meet after finishing among the top two at their respective regional sites, while Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State will send individual all-around competitors to the championships, scheduled for April 19-21 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
At the Morgantown Regional, Michigan placed first to advance to the national meet for the Big Ten-leading 20th time, while Illinois followed in second to punch its ticket to the NCAA Championships for the second time in the last three years. The Wolverines totaled 196.725 points, while the Illini tallied 196.025 points. Also at the regional, Nebraska’s Emily Wong and Jessie DeZiel finished second and third, respectively, in the all-around and will head to the NCAA Championships for being one of the top two finishers in the all-around not on an advancing team. Additionally, the Huskers’ Brittany Skinner won the vault competition with a score of 9.950 and will also advance to the national meet.
Minnesota finished second in the Gainesville Regional to clinch its berth to the NCAA Championships for the third time and first since 2002. The Golden Gophers posted a team total of 197.100 points. Lindsay Mable paced the Gophers, placing fourth in the all-around by tying Minnesota's school record with a total of 39.600 points.
Ohio State and Penn State will also send individual gymnasts to the national meet. The Buckeyes’ Sarah Miller and Melanie Shaffer each qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Columbus Regional as Miller tied for first on balance beam (9.950) and Shaffer qualified with a fourth-place finish in the all-around (39.325). Nittany Lion Sharaya Musser tied for second in the all-around (39.375) at the Norman Regional to advance to the national meet.