April 16, 2004
The Big Ten produced six All-Americans in women's gymnastics on Thursday in the first day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships held at the Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. Iowa's Alexis Maday, the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, posted the top score on the floor exercise (9.950) to earn First Team All-America laurels. A pair of Michigan gymnasts nabbed First Team accolades as Elise Ray tied for first on the balance beam (9.900), fourth on the uneven bars (9.925) and fourth in the all-around (39.575) while teammate Lindsey Bruck tied for fourth place on the balance beam (9.875). By virtue of finishing among the top four, those three gymnasts will compete in the finals of their individual events on Saturday, April 17. Three other Big Ten student-athletes placed between fifth and eighth in their specialties to collect Second Team All-America accolades in the Hawkeyes' Stephanie Gran (T5th on floor exercise, 9.900), the Wolverines' Jenny Deiley (T5th on vault, 9.900) and Penn State's Lisa Clark (T7th on vault, 9.875). The NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships continue on Friday, April 16, with the team finals.