April 20, 2010
One Big Ten squad earned a spot at the national championships and seven Big Ten gymnasts qualified individually for nationals, which will take place April 22-24 at the University of Florida.
Michigan, making its 18th NCAA Championships appearance, was second at the West Virginia Regional, finishing with a team score of 195.800, and will compete in the evening session in Thursday’s preliminary qualifier. Three Wolverine gymnasts won events at the regional as Kylee Botterman claimed the all-around championship (39.550) and shared the floor exercise title with teammate Natalie Beilstein (9.900), while Jordan Sexton took home the uneven bars crown (9.950).
Additionally, six Big Ten student-athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships after finishing among the top competitors in their regionals’ all-around competition. Illinois’ Sarah Schmidt and Michigan State’s Nicole Curler advanced out of the Lexington Regional, Iowa’s Rebecca Simbhudas and Minnesota’s Alexis Russell made it through the Columbia Regional, and Penn State’s Brandi Personett and Sharaya Musser each earned spots at the national meet out of the University Park Regional. Finishing as an individual event winner, Illinois’ Allison Buckley will make a return trip to the national meet after winning the vault title at the Lexington Regional.
The preliminary rounds of the team and all-around competitions will be held in two sessions on Thursday, the first at 1 p.m. ET and the second at 7 p.m. ET. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six, held Friday at 6 p.m. The top four individuals from each session in each event, plus ties, from the preliminary team and all-around competition will take part in the individual event finals at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday night.