Big Ten Women's Gymnasts Prepare for NCAA Championships

Michigan's Katie Zurales is one of six individuals from the conference to compete at the NCAA Championships.

April 19, 2012

Championships Central

Two conference women’s gymnastics teams and six individual gymnasts will represent the Big Ten at the 2012 NCAA Championships, set to begin Friday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Nebraska and Ohio State will take part in the team competitions, while Illinois’ Alina Weinstein, Michigan’s Katie Zurales, Minnesota’s Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta and Penn State’s Sharaya Musser are part of the all-around group, and Michigan’s Joanna Sampson will appear in the vault competition.

Competition begins Friday with two pre-qualifying sessions in advance of Saturday’s team finals. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team final, scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. In addition, the top four finishers on each event in each session (including ties) will advance to the individual event finals at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

At Noon on Friday, Nebraska, along with Russell, Slechta and Weinstein, take part in the first semifinal, while Ohio State, Musser, Sampson and Zurales will compete in the second semifinal, scheduled for 6 p.m.

A year ago, Michigan’s Kylee Botterman took home the all-around championship, leading the Wolverines to a top-six finish in the team finals, while four other gymnasts finished in the top six of the individual event finals.