April 7, 2012
AUBURN - No. 6 Georgia and No. 7 Oregon State advanced to the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship after finishing first and second, respectively, at the NCAA Auburn Regional in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday.
Georgia posted a 197.100 to win the meet, while Oregon State finished at 196.450. Michigan finished in third place with a score of 196.325, Auburn was fourth at 196.100, West Virginia was fifth with a 195.900 and Michigan State rounded out the regional in sixth place at 194.100.
Georgia will advance to the NCAA Championships for the 28th time in 29 years. It is the seventh time in the last 10 years that the Bulldogs have finished first at an NCAA regional.
The second-place finish sends Oregon State to the NCAA Championships for the seventh-straight year.
Three gymnasts will be advancing to the NCAA Championships as individual event winners. Auburn's Kylie Shields and Michigan's Katie Zurales and Joanna Sampson tied for first on vault, each with scores of 9.925.
On uneven bars, there was a four-way tie for first, with all four gymnasts representing the two advancing schools. Georgia's Gina Nuccio and Kat Ding, and Oregon State's Olivia Vivian and Leslie Mak took home the event title, each scoring a 9.900.
Mak took home her second title of the evening, as she posted a 9.925 to finished first on balance beam. Georgia's Noel Couch took first place in floor exercise, scoring a 9.925.
In the all-around, Georgia's Kat Ding earned her second title of the meet, finishing first at 39.500. Michigan's Katie Zurales finished fourth with a score of 39.375, and Auburn's Bri Guy finished fifth at 39.350. Both Zurales and Guy will advance to the NCAA Championships by virtue of being the top two finishers on non-advancing teams.
The 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships will be held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22, 2012.