April 14, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 10 University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad will begin the NCAA Championships competition on vault, as determined by a random draw conducted by the NCAA on Monday morning. The Sooners were placed in the afternoon session of the preliminary team competition on Thursday, Apr. 24 at 12 noon (CDT) inside Stegeman Coliseum on the University of Georgia campus.
Joining OU in the first session is Florida, LSU, Alabama, Oregon State and Arkansas while three-time defending champion and host Georgia, Utah, Stanford, UCLA, Michigan and Denver will compete in the evening session.
The top three teams in each of Thursday's sessions will advance to the NCAA Super Six on Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m. (CDT), where the national team champion is determined. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will also compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. (CDT).
Oklahoma is the 10th seed for the championship, as the NCAA re-seeded the teams for Nationals for the first time based on a National Qualifying Score, which combined each teams Regional Championships score and its Regional Qualifying Score. Teams seeded 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in the evening session, while teams seeded 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 were placed in the afternoon group, as the host school's session is always the later of the two.
Seeking its first Super Six appearance in school history, OU follows vault with a bye before bars, beam and a bye before floor. Florida starts with a bye before bars, Arkansas on bars, Alabama on beam, LSU on a bye before floor and Oregon State on floor. Joining the Sooners in their rotation is Ohio State all-around qualifier Kaylan Clevinger.
The Sooners are facing two familiar foes as Oklahoma defeated Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 15 by a score of 196-750-196.625 while falling to `Bama in the NCAA South Central Regional on April 12. The Sooners have not competed against the other three squads this season.
The draw worked out in Oklahoma's favor as it will begin and end on two of its stronger events. OU is ranked No. 6 in the nation on floor and 10th on vault.
The 2008 NCAA Gymnastics Championships will air tape-delayed on CBS at 2 p.m. (CDT) on May 10.