April 20, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The University of Michigan fell just short of the program's 10th Super Six berth in their session of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Team Prelims, scoring 196.000 for fourth place in the afternoon session Friday (April 20) at Gill Coliseum. Session winner Nebraska (196.325), Alabama (196.250) and Utah (196.175) took the top three spots and advanced, while Michigan beat out fifth-place LSU (195.650) and sixth-place Oklahoma (194.725).
Freshman Tatjana Thuener-Rego (Miami, Fla./American School) made a name for herself at her first nationals, earning All-America first team honors on balance beam with a tie for third place in the prelims session (9.850) and taking All-America second team honors on floor exercise with a tie for eighth place (9.850). Joining Thuener-Rego in Saturday's (April 22) Individual Event Finals will be fifth-year senior Lauren Mirkovich (Burlingame, Calif./Notre Dame), who took second place on the uneven bars with a 9.875 to earn All-America first team status for the third time in her career. More...