April 4, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS – The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad will be the three seed at the 2011 NCAA Championships and will compete in the afternoon semifinal on Friday, April 15, at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Sooners will start on floor for the third straight competition. From floor, OU will follow Olympic rotation (vault, bars, beam, floor) with a bye before bars. The Sooners will have their second bye in the final rotation.
Semifinal pairings are determined based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS) which is calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the team’s score during regional competition.
Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on their NQS from one to 12. The 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 seeded teams are placed in one session, while teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 are in the other.
The host team and its corresponding group compete in the second semifinal that begins at 6 p.m., while the other group is placed in the first semifinal that begins at noon.
Oklahoma won its second straight regional title and fourth overall on Saturday, April 2 in front of its home crowd at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners won the Norman regional title with a team score of 197.350. OU's team total was a season-high and was the highest postseason score in program history.
OU's 197.350 was the second-highest score out of all six 2011 regionals. UCLA was the only team to outscore the Sooners with a 197.425.
The Sooners swept at least a share of all four individual event titles at the Norman regional and also won both regional coaching awards for the second consecutive year.
Oklahoma will compete in the first semifinal at noon at the 2011 championships, along with No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Georgia, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 11 Illinois.
The 2011 NCAA Championships are hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Kent State University. Kent State, the six seed in the Ann Arbor region, qualified for its first ever NCAA championships by upsetting No. 4 Stanford last Saturday.
Kent State will be the 12 seed at championships. As the host school, the Golden Flashes will compete in the second semifinal along with No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Oregon State, No. 5 Florida, No. 8 Utah and No. 9 Nebraska.
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The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. The top team at Super Six will win the 2011 national title.
The top four individuals from each semifinal session on each event (plus ties) will compete in the individual-even competition on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m.
For more information and tickets to the women’s gymnastics championships, go to NCAA.com.