April 26, 2007
NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Notes
April 26, 2007
Salt Lake City, Utah - Jon M. Huntsman Center
Georgia's score of 197.7 was its third-highest of the season.
This is Georgia's third straight year to win its NCAA prelim session.
Georgia's vault score of 49.525 is the highest by any team this year. In the leadoff spot on vault, Paige Burns set her career high of 9.875 (just the fourth vault of her career). Megan Dowlen and Marcia Newby tied career-highs of 9.9 each.
To lead off Georgia on the floor exercise, Nikki Childs scored a 9.825 in just her third floor routine of the year.
Courtney Kupets' all-around score of 39.75 ties her mark from last year at the NCAA Championships and that score is the second-best in NCAA Championships history.
Florida has advanced to the NCAA Super Six six times (1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2007). The Gators advanced to their first NCAA Super Six team final in 1994, which was also held in the Huntsman Center.
This was the fifth time UF appeared in a NCAA Team Qualifying session where Southeastern Conference teams made up half the field. The last time Alabama, Florida and Georgia appeared in the same team qualifying session was in 1993, the first year for the Super Six format. Other years UF competed with two other league teams in NCAA Championships team qualifying competition was 2006 (Arkansas, UGA), 2003 (Auburn, UGA) and 1994 (Alabama, LSU).
Florida drew a Session I assignment for only the fourth time since the NCAA adopted the Super Six team qualifying format in 1993. UF advanced to the NCAA Super Six four times (2006, 1998, 1997, 1994) from Session II and twice from Session I (2004 & 2007).
Today the Gators wore a leotard designed by its five-member senior class. For the past two seasons, the senior, junior and sophomore/freshman classes have designed a competition leotard.
Vault: Amanda Castillo, 9.90, matches collegiate best; Savannah Evans, 9.90, season-best.
Balance Beam: Amanda Castillo, 9.90, matches collegiate-best; Melanie Sinclair, 9.90, matches collegiate best.
Floor Exercise: Savannah Evans, 9.90, matches season-best (7x).
Sitting among the Gator fans Thursday was University of Florida President Dr. Bernie Machen. Prior to assuming his current position at the University of Florida in January of 2004, Machen served as the University of Utah's president for six years.
Florida's score (197.40) Thursday is its highest ever in NCAA Championships competition.
Nebraska senior Michele Zabawa tied her season high (9.90) on vault to earn the first first-team All-America honors of her career and qualify to individual event finals.
Zabawa also earned her third second-team All-America award on bars, making her a five-time All-American over her four-year career.
Nebraska junior Emily Parsons qualified for floor finals for the third straight year, as well as vault finals for the second consecutive season. Parsons is now a nine-time All-American.
Nebraska sophomore Tricia Woo, a three-time All-American, qualified for her first career event finals on beam with a second-place 9.90.