March 21, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team received a No. 1 seed to the NCAA regionals and is headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the April 2 meet for the right to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
In the Ann Arbor Regional - one of six around the country - Stanford and Michigan are the top two seeds and will be joined by (in order of seeds): Ohio State, Iowa State, Minnesota, and Kent State. The meet begins at 3 p.m. PT.
The top 36 teams in the country, based on a Regional Qualifying Score formula calculated through scoring average, advanced to the regionals. The top two all-around competitors and event winners not on qualifying teams advance as well.
Stanford (20-4), No. 4 in the national rankings, has advanced to the NCAAs the past four years and eight of the past 10. Last season, the Cardinal reached the NCAA Super Six finals for the third time in the past four years, and finished fourth.
The Cardinal has won five regional team titles and 36 individual titles in its 34-year history. Stanford has two regional champion gymnasts, now seniors: Shelley Alexander captured the vault and balance beam titles at the 2010 Southeast Regional in Morgantown, W.Va., and Allyse Ishino won the uneven bars championship at the 2009 South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark.
The rotation schedule for the Cardinal will be floor exercise, vault, bye, bars, beam, and another bye.
Other regional sites and the top seeded teams in each: Denver (Florida), Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama), Corvallis (Oregon State), Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma), and Athens, Ga. (UCLA).