Big Ten Competes at NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
April 25, 2008
The Michigan women's gymnastics team finished fifth in team competition at the 2008 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Thursday. Wolverine freshman Kylee Botterman and junior Becky Bernard earned first-team All-America honors on the uneven bars, while Penn State sophomore Brandi Personett was named a first-team All-American on the balance beam. Botterman, Bernard and Personett will compete for their respective individual titles on Saturday. In addition, individuals from Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota also competed in Thursday's events. School-by-school coverage can be found below.
Freshman Allison Buckley became Illinois' first NCAA All-American by tying for sixth place on the balance beam during Thursday's afternoon session of the 2008 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens Ga. Buckley and sophomore Nicole Cowart both competed in the all-around, with Buckley taking part in the first session of the day and Cowart the second.
The University of Michigan women's gymnastics team had its season come to an end with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships Preliminaries, with the Wolverines putting up a score of 196.075 in the evening session Thursday night. Freshman Kylee Botterman and junior Becky Bernard each earned first-team All-America honors on the uneven bars, earning a trip to Saturday's NCAA Individual Event Finals.
Michigan State gymnastics sophomore Rochelle Robinson finished 33rd in the all-around at the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Gymnastics Championships, held inside the Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia on Thursday night.
University of Minnesota junior Carmelina Carabajal competed at the 2008 NCAA Championships Thursday in Athens, Ga., on the campus of the University of Georgia. In her final competition of the 2008 season, she earned an all around score of 39.000 to place 14th in her session.
Scoring a near-perfect 9.90 on bars, Ohio State senior Kaylan Clevinger was named a second-team All-American during session one Thursday of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships hosted by the University of Georgia. Clevinger becomes the fifth Buckeye gymnast to claim All-American honors and the first since Lindsey Vagedes in 1999.
Penn State sophomore women's gymnast Brandi Personett earned First Team All-America status on the balance beam during the first session of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, held in Athens, Ga. Personett recorded a 9.850, the second-highest beam score of her career, to tie for second on the apparatus. Personett, along with the four other First Team All-Americans from the first session and the First Team All-Americans from the second session, will compete for the individual national championship on Saturday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m.