NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team travels to Auburn, Ala., for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships beginning Thursday, April 21.
Oklahoma (19-6) qualified for the national championships with its second-place finish (195.550) to Louisiana State at the Northeast Regional in Durham, N.H. It is the first time in history the program has advanced to the championships in consecutive years. In 2004, OU finished 11th after entering as the fifth seed. This year, Oklahoma enters as the No. 10 seed.
“This is a very competitive field and the teams that advance from each session will be the ones that do not make mistakes,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said.
The National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships consists 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 Sooners will be in preliminary session one Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m. with LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Utah. Session two includes Alabama, BYU, Florida, Georgia, Iowa State and UCLA. The top three teams from each session advance to the team finals, the “Super Six”, on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We’ve never advanced to the Super Six,” Nunno said, “and I think this is our best chance. We are very familiar with the competition and the arena and surroundings. We just can’t beat ourselves by repeating some of the mistakes we’ve made during the past two meets. If we hit routines like we can, we’ll have the best finish in program history.”
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