April 19, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. -
Friday’s pre-qualifying session at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships saw six Big Ten gymnasts advance to the individual event finals on Sunday. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota competed in the team competition and individual gymnasts from Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State were also in action on the first day in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Gophers and Illini finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the first pre-qualifying session. Minnesota posted a score of 196.375, while Illinois finished with 195.700 points. Michigan took fourth place in the second pre-qualifying session, tallying 196.850 points.
Based on results from the opening session, six conference gymnasts qualified for the individual event finals, scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Michigan’s Joanna Sampson, Minnesota’s Lindsay Mable and Nebraska’s Emily Wong earned berths in both the vault and floor exercise finals. Illinois’ Alina Weinstein advanced in the floor exercise, while Wolverine Katie Zurales and Gopher Hanna Nordquist qualified on the balance beam.