Women Headed Northeast for Regional

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 29, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will travel to Durham, New Hampshire, for its NCAA regional competition Saturday, April 9.

The 2005 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships regional selections announced Monday paired No. 2-seeded Oklahoma with No. 1-seed LSU, No. 3-seed Arkansas, No. 4-seed and host New Hampshire, No. 5-seed Rutgers and No. 6-seed Pittsburgh in the Northeast Region.

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event were named to each of the six regions. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Auburn, Alabama, April 21-23, hosted by Auburn University.

In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

OU finished third at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. The Sooners are 15-5 and ranked tenth in the nation.

Last season, the Sooners won the West Region as a No. 3 seed. Oklahoma scored 197.1 points to defeat Alabama (196.9), Oregon State (196.85), Boise State (195.275), California (195.175) and Cal State-Fullerton (193.0).

OU eventually finished fifth in the first session of the national championships while Sooners Erin LaBarr and Tiffany Willin continued to the individual event finals, becoming the program’s first All-Americans in 15 years.

For a detailed list of the regions, go to http://ncaasports.com/gymnastics/womens/story/8334635.

Northeast Region
April 9 at 6 p.m.
Durham, New Hampshire
Host: University of New Hampshire

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma
3. Arkansas
4. New Hampshire
5. Rutgers
6. Pittsburgh

All-Around Competitors
1. Petkun, Pennsylvania
2. McPherson, Yale
3. Domenick, Rhode Island
4. Santore, Brockport State
5. Bulka, Brockport State
Alt. Wesley, Southern Connecticut State

Individual Event Specialists
Vault Zafferes, Temple
  Alt. Bouchelle, Pennsylvania
Uneven Bars Fong, Yale
  Alt. Skudris, Rhode Island
Balance Beam Moon, Pennsylvania
  Alt. Stern, Temple
Floor Exercise Todd, Rhode Island
  Alt. Chalat, Pennsylvania






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