March 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team received a No. 1 seed to the NCAA regionals and is headed to Morgantown, W.Va., to compete in the April 10 meet for the right to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
This marks the 27th consecutive season that Stanford has qualified for NCAA regional competition.
In the Morgantown Regional - one of six around the country - Stanford and Michigan are the top two seeds and will be joined by (in order of seeds) Southern Utah, North Carolina State, Kent State, and West Virginia. The top two advance to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., April 22-24.
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, tied for No. 6 in the national rankings with Michigan, has advanced to the NCAAs the past three years and seven of the past nine. Stanford received a higher seed over the Wolverines because its highest score, not including the six used for the regional qualifying score, advances.
The Cardinal has won four regional team titles and 34 from individuals in its 33-year history. Of Stanford's three 2009 winners, Carly Janiga (all-around) and Allyse Ishino (uneven bars) return as part of this year's team. Janiga's victory marked the sixth time since 2001 that Stanford has captured the all-around.
Other regional sites and the top seeded teams in each: Los Angeles (UCLA), Salt Lake City (Florida), Columbia, Mo. (Georgia), Lexington, Ky. (Alabama), and University Park, Pa. (Oklahoma).