Michigan Heads to 15th-Straight NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships

April 24, 2007

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Michigan extended its streak of consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on April 14. The Wolverines move on to the national team and individual finals, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, Penn State's Brandi Personett, Michigan State's Rochelle Robinson and Iowa's Katie Burke will vie for the all-around title while Ohio State's Kaylan Clevinger will perform on the uneven bars.

At the NCAA Northeast Regional, Michigan gutted out another close postseason victory to claim second place, while Florida took the regional title. Sophomore Tatjana Thuener-Rego won the all-around competition (39.450), punctuating her meet with a 9.900 and individual title on the floor exercise. Michigan collected its 15th straight appearance in the NCAA Championships and 16th overall to lead all conference schools. The Wolverines have registered a top-10 finish in each of the last 14 years, including seven top-five finishes and a top showing of second place in 1999. Michigan is also one of only four programs in the nation to advance to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 15 seasons (Alabama, Georgia and Utah are the others).

The 2007 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships will begin with two six-team sessions on Thursday, April 26. Michigan will compete in the second session, which includes Denver, LSU, UCLA, Utah and Stanford. Iowa's Burke, Michigan State's Robinson and Ohio State's Clevinger will take part in the first session, while Penn State's Personett will compete in the second stanza. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 27. 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 28.  The Big Ten will be aiming for its first national title in women's gymnastics, as the league has recorded 10 top-10 finishes in the last eight years.