April 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team learned its rotation schedule and will compete against defending champion Georgia as well as four other strong opponents in the first session of the team preliminaries at the NCAA Championships on April 16 in Lincoln, Neb.
The top three finishers in the six-team afternoon session will meet the top three from the evening session the following day at the Super Six, where the national champion will be crowned. Making its 10th NCAA appearance, Stanford will be shooting for its third consecutive Super Six berth.
In order of seeding, here are the teams that will compete in the first session, which begins at 11 a.m. PT:
No. 1 Georgia
No. 4 LSU
No. 5 Florida
No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 9 Stanford
No. 12 Penn State
The seeds were determined through a formula. During the season, each team compiled a Regional Qualifying Score, an average of its top six scores (with at least three from away meets) and the top score thrown out. The RQS determined national rankings, as well as regional qualifiers and seedings.
For the NCAAs, each team's RQS was added to its regional championships score. Stanford's RQS was worth a No. 4 national ranking, but when added to its regional score, the combined value was ninth in the field of qualifiers.
The 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 seeds were placed in the group that will participate in Session 1. Stanford has not competed against any of the other five this season.
Stanford will be on a familiar schedule, the same one used in home meets. In order, Stanford will compete on: vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.
|Rotation 1||Stanford||Penn State||Oklahoma||LSU||Georgia||Florida|
|Rotation 2||Florida||Stanford||Penn State||Oklahoma||LSU||Georgia|
|Rotation 3||Georgia||Florida||Stanford||Penn State||Oklahoma||LSU|
|Rotation 4||LSU||Georgia||Florida||Stanford||Penn State||Oklahoma|
|Rotation 5||Oklahoma||LSU||Georgia||Florida||Stanford||Penn State|
|Rotation 6||Penn State||Oklahoma||LSU||Georgia||Florida||Stanford|
In addition, the team preliminaries will determine the NCAA individual all-around champion. Stanford has two competing for that title, Carly Janiga and Nicole Ourada. Each has earned All-American honors in the all-around.
Janiga, a junior, enters the competition having just won the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA South Central Regional all-around titles.