April 16, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Four Big Ten women's gymnastics teams and two individual gymnasts will represent the conference at the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, which begin Friday and conclude Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. Illinois and Michigan, along with Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist, will compete in Friday's first semifinal session at 1 p.m. CT, while Nebraska and Penn State will compete in the second session at 7 p.m.
The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Final, which gets underway Saturday at 6 p.m. In addition, the top four individuals on each event from both semifinal sessions, including ties, will advance to the individual event finals at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Last season, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota took part in the team competition, while gymnasts from Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State competed in the all-around and individual events. Michigan's Joanna Sampson won the floor exercise title last season, marking one of seven top-10 finishes by five Big Ten gymnasts. This marks the second time in Big Ten history that four current conference teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 1997, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State competed in the national meet.