NORMAN, Okla. The NCAA announced Sunday, April 10, the teams and individuals who qualified to compete for the 2005 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships as well as the results of the rotation schedule draw.
The championships, hosted by Auburn University will be held in Auburn, Ala., at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, April 21-23.
Oklahoma qualified for the championships Saturday, April 9, after finishing second at the Northeast Regional in Durham, N.H. The Sooners’ 195.550 score was bested only by Louisiana State, which will be the top-ranked team entering the national championships.
“We are very comfortable with two of the teams we will faceLSU and Nebraska,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “We’ve seen both of them two times this season. We had a chance to beat Nebraska at the Big 12 Championship, but we beat ourselves and LSU is one of the best teams in the country, if not the best.”
OU will be in the first session with LSU, Nebraska, Michigan, Utah and Penn State. The Sooners will have a first-rotation bye before beginning on floor exercise.
“We’ve yet to hit all four events in a championship meet thus far,” Nunno continued. “Hopefully, we’ll have the bugs worked out.”
The National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each regional received automatic berths to the national championships.
In addition, the event winners at the regional championships advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
The championships begin Thursday, April 21, with the top three teams from two sessions advancing to the team finals, the "Super Six", on Friday.