April 22, 2008
Michigan will make its 16th-consecutive NCAA Championships appearance this weekend after finishing second in the West Regional behind host Oregon State on April 5. The Wolverines are one of 12 squads vying for the NCAA team title that will compete in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26. The event is hosted by the University of Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum.
Six Big Ten individuals also qualified for this year's NCAA Championships in Illinois' Allison Buckley and Nicole Cowart, Michigan State's Rochelle Robinson, Minnesota's Carmelina Carabajal, Ohio State's Kaylan Clevinger and Penn State's Brandi Personett. These six gymnasts qualified because of their all-around performance in the NCAA Regionals.
In the West Regional, Michigan placed second behind Oregon State with a team score of 196.375. Lindsey Bruck helped lead the Wolverines, placing second in the all-around and balance beam. Sarah Curtis finished third in the all-around, uneven bars and on the floor to tie with teammates Bruck and Kylee Botterman. Michigan has registered a top-10 finish in the NCAA Championships in 14 of the last 15 years, including a sixth place finish a year ago.
Preliminary team and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. ET. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. ET. Michigan will compete in the evening session at 7 p.m. ET. As for individual qualifiers, Buckley, Carabajal, Clevinger and Personett will participate in the first session and Cowart and Robinson will compete in the second session.