March 27, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The No. 12 Stanford men's gymnastics team is headed to Ohio for the NCAA Championships to be held April 5-7 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee today announced the 12 team qualifiers, as well as the 56 individuals, who have been selected.
The Cardinal finished fourth at last weekend's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships with a team score of 203.550. Stanford had three gymnasts place in the top eight of the all around competition, led by junior David Durante (50.550). Freshman Dan Gill (50.500) placed sixth while sophomore Matt McLean (50.050) was eighth.
Ohio State (Big Ten), Oklahoma (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and Massachusetts (Eastern College Athletic Conference) each earned automatic bids to the championships based on their first-place finishes at their conference championships. The other competitors include the top nine teams based on their national qualifications average, the top 12 all-around competitors who are not members of a selected team and the top 12 individuals per event who are not members of a selected team or have not already been selected in the all-around.
The following are the 12 teams selected to the championships, their rankings and their national qualification averages, separated by the qualifying session they will compete in. All sessions of the championships will be in St. John Arena on the Ohio State campus.
Qualifying Session I Qualifying Session II
Thursday, April 5, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
1. Oklahoma (216.342) 2. Ohio State (214.825)
4. Illinois (213.558) 3. Michigan (213.892)
5. California (213.408) 6. Michigan State (213.117)
8. Penn State (210.467) 7. Iowa (210.842)
10. Massachusetts (207.083) 9. Minnesota (209.383)
11. Temple (205.483) 12. Stanford (204.708)
Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each qualifying session to the championships. The team championships, all-around finals and individual preliminaries will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 6. The top eight individuals in each event at the team championships will advance to the individual finals, with ties resulting in more than eight gymnasts advancing allowed. The NCAA Individual Event Finals will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.