April 24, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -
For the third year in a row, junior Julie Dwyer will represent Auburn gymnastics in the all-around at the NCAA National Championships, making her the first gymnast in Auburn history to qualify three times. First session action will begin on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Julie is very capable of contending for a national title this weekend," head coach Jeff Thompson said. "She has the experience and knows what to expect from this event. I am really looking forward to watching her compete at her best."
Dwyer will compete in the first of two sessions and will rotate with Alabama, beginning on floor.
"I am really excited about representing my teammates and Auburn University," Dwyer said. "This is the meet I have been working for all year long, so I am going to do my best and hold nothing back."
The Bloomington, Ind., native qualified for the championships by finishing first among all-around competitors not on qualifying teams with a score of 39.275 at the Southeast Regionals. In addition, Dwyer won her first regional title after tying for first on vault with a 9.950.
Dwyer enters the meet ranked fifth nationally in the all-around. She also ranks in a tie for seventh on beam, is tied for 14th on vault and is tied for 23rd on floor.
At last season's championships, Dwyer became just the third gymnast in Auburn history to earn multiple All-America honors for her career, as she was named second team All-American on beam after tying for fifth with a 9.825.
In 2005 at the NCAA Championships held in Auburn, Dwyer vaulted a 9.875 to finish 10th and earn second team All-America honors.
Dwyer has her eyes set on qualifying for the individual event finals, to be held Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. CT. In order to qualify for the individual finals, she must be one of the top four individuals from her session in any event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition.
Live scoring from the 2007 NCAA Championships will be available at Auburn's official website, www.auburntigers.com.