No. 8 Seed OU Slotted in First Session
April 06, 2009

April 6, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS – The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad will be the eight seed at the 2009 NCAA Championships, competing in the afternoon preliminary session on April 16, announced by the NCAA office on Monday.  The Sooners will start the event on bars, their same rotation schedule that resulted in a spot in the NCAA Championships after a runner-up finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 4.

OU is joined in the first session by top-seeded Georgia, LSU (fourth seed), Florida (fifth seed), Stanford (ninth seed) and Penn State (12th seed).

Utah, Alabama, UCLA, Oregon State, Arkansas and Illinois comprise the evening preliminary session. 

The process for determining rotation pairings for day one of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS) calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition. 

Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on the NQS from 1 to 12.  Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in Group A, while teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 were placed in Group B.

Since NCAA Championships host Nebraska did not qualify for the competition, a coin toss was used to determine which group of teams was slotted into the two sessions. 


OU’s session features four teams that advanced to the Super Six at the 2008 NCAA Championships (Georgia, LSU, Florida and Stanford) in Athens, Ga., as Georgia clinched its fourth straight national title in front of its hometown fans.     

The Sooners are entering their sixth straight NCAA Championships off of a second-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional to No. 3 Alabama.  OU is one of just six teams to advance to the NCAA Championships every year since 2004, joining Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Utah. 

The championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska, will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, April 16-18.  Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 1-800-8BIGRED. 

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