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2007 NCAA Gymnastics Championships
2007 NCAA Gymnastics Championships gymnastics practices open to public: [quote]The decision came after coaches and Carole Ide, the president of the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges, spoke out against the possibility of a lockout. Utah coach Greg Marsden, who was fuming Monday after dealing with the NCAA, was a much happier guy Tuesday after receiving word of the decision. "It's absolutely the right decision," he said. "We are, after all, a performance sport, and we want to have fans in the stands." The NCAA Championships begin next Thursday. Wednesday's practices will run from 11 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. The practices are free. "Since practices are going on all day, it's a great opportunity for fans to come up and get a taste of what they'll see the next three days," Marsden said. "We want people involved." [/quote] Here are the times: NCAA to allow fans at practice 2007 NCAA Gymnastics Championships Huntsman Center Wednesday, April 25 11 a.m.-12:40 p.m. - Session I practice 1 p.m.-2:40 p.m. - Session II practice 3 p.m.-4 p.m. - Session III (event specialists) practice 4 p.m.-5:40 p.m. - Session IV All practice sessions open to the public Thursday, April 26 Session I, 1 p.m. (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon State and Oklahoma) Session II, 7 p.m. (Stanford, LSU, Utah, UCLA, Michigan and Denver) Friday, April 27 Super Six, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Individual Event Finals, 7 p.m. "Utah gymnastics notes: NCAA to allow fans at practice" - http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5693317?source=rss
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NCAA all-around title
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Tahsa Schwikert going for NCAA all-around title with two taped ankles: "NCAA GYMNASTICS: Schwikert focuses on title" - http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5754097?source=rss Her younger sister is also on the UCLA team with her. [quote]"She is the African queen, that is the concept I built her routine around," Kondos-Field said. "She rules the jungle, and she is the queen." Sitting out such a long streak of meets hasn't affected Schwikert, she said. "It's just an ongoing thing with my Achilles'," she said. "I'll have both my ankles taped, but the routine feels great." [/quote]
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Courtney Kupets from 2-time national champion Georgia wins all-around title with 9.95 in 3 of 4 of the events! 9.9 on beam, with total score 39.750. [quote]Kupets posted an overall score of 39.750, which equaled her winning point total from last year and matched the second best all-around mark in NCAA championships history. She is the first gymnast to earn back-to-back all-around titles since Kim Arnold also did it for the Gym Dogs in 1997 and 1998. Kupets felt the pressure of trying to repeat. "I was kind of nervous today," she said. "I felt like a little kid competing for the first time."[/quote] Team finals coming up, Georgia leading. some team scores: Georgia: 197.700 Florida: 197.400 Nebraska: 196.625. Utah: 197.325 UCLA: 196.475 LSU: 196.275 "Georgia on track for another gymnastics title" - http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2007-04-26-ncaa-gymnastics_N.htm?csp=34
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more news: "GYMNASTICS: Bakken represents Huskies at national championship" - http://thedaily.washington.edu/article/2007/4/26/gymnasticsBakkenRepresentsHuskiesAtNationalChampionship "Freshman gymnast leads Tide into nationals" - http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/sports/070426/lead.shtml Ricki Lebegern: [quote]"Everybody thought since I was a Level 10, it was more the Elites that were going to the better schools," Lebegern said. "I was just a 10. "Toward the end of my junior year, I thought maybe I could be on a team like Alabama's. I talked to Sarah and she told me I could do it. I came here and I fit in." More than fit in, actually. Lebegern won the balance beam title at the Southeastern Conference championships last month. "I keep reminding her and pinching her a little bit on the side and saying 'You remember that conversation we had in your living room? You remember me telling you that you could be a great athlete?"' Patterson said. Lebegern did have impressive credentials even if she was "just" a Level 10 gymnast. She was a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic national team, finishing fourth in the all-around as a high school junior and second as a senior. Other top gymnastics programs were also recruiting her, including Utah, LSU and Michigan. [/quote] "ONLINE EXTRA: NCAA Gymnastics Championship has SEC flavor" - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070426/SPORTS/704260305 Alabama: [quote]Alabama, which features 12 freshmen and sophomores among its 15 gymnasts, doesn't have the team it has fielded in years past. Former Canadian Olympian Melanie Banville gave up the sport last summer and heralded freshman Kayla Hoffman elected not to enroll until 2008, leaving the Crimson Tide struggling with depth problems all year. Those problems were magnified when junior Terin Humphrey injured her shoulder in the SEC Championships and Kassi Price, a contender for SEC Freshman of the Year honors, suffered cartilage damage in her knee and sat out the regionals two weeks ago. "Her knee is stable, Alabama coach Sarah Patterson said. "She's been given the go-ahead, whatever she can do safely. I don't know what that is. She's not like Terin where she can rest and not practice for a week. Kassi is a trained gymnast who gains confidence through practice. My hope is that she can do bars for us."[/quote] "Determination defines UA's walk-on gymnast" - http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/sports/180198.php Jamie Holton: [quote]As a senior, Holton will compete on the balance beam at the meet in Salt Lake City. Coach Bill Ryden said she has a good chance of earning All-America honors. "She wasn't good enough to warrant (a scholarship) out of high school," Ryden said. He said he could not recall another gymnast in his nine years at the UA who was a true walk-on and NCAA qualifier. "I think Jamie is the first," he said. "Everyone looks at me saying, 'Are you kidding me?' " Holton arrived at the UA not having a "10.0" vault for the highest difficulty, which she said is needed to compete in a college lineup. She learned new tumbling passes on floor each season. [/quote]
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Georgia team wins over host Utah. "Georgia Defends NCAA Team Title" - http://intlgymnast.com/news/2007/april/042707_ncaa.html 2007 Women's NCAA Championships 4/27, Salt Lake City Super Six 1. Georgia 197.850 2. Utah 197.250 3. Florida 197.225 4. UCLA 196.925 5. Stanford 196.825 6. Nebraska 195.975
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Courtney Kupets gets 4 more medals - 1 medal on each of the events for event finals - she did do elite gymnastics! There are a lot of elite gymnasts in college gymnastics recently - like Terin Humphrey (Alabama), Tasha Schwikert (UCLA), Ashley Postell (Utah), and Morgan White (Oklahoma). Here are the results: 2007 Women's NCAA Championships 4/28, Salt Lake City Vault 1. Courtney Kupets (Georgia) 9.919 2. Annie DiLuzio (Utah) 9.888 3. Emily Parsons (Nebraska) 9.850 3. Brittney Koncak-Schumann (Oklahoma) 9.850 5. Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 9.838 6. Savannah Evans (Florida) 9.813 7. Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia) 9.794 8. Megan Dowlen (Georgia) 9.788 8. Kiara Redmond (Oklahoma) 9.788 10. Marcia Newby (Georgia) 9.700 11. Tasha Smith (Oregon State) 9.600 12. Nicolle Ford (Utah) 9.588 13. Amanda Castillo (Florida) 9.556 13. Nicki Butler (Louisiana State) 9.556 15. Carly Janiga (Stanford) 9.450 Uneven Bars 1. Terin Humphrey (Alabama) 9.950 2. Tasha Schwikert (UCLA) 9.913 2. Courtney Kupets (Georgia) 9.913 4. Kristina Baskett (Utah) 9.900 5. Melanie Sinclair (Florida) 9.888 5. Katie Heenan (Georgia) 9.888 7. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.825 8. Daria Bijak (Utah) 9.800 Balance Beam 1. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.938 2. Grace Taylor (Georgia) 9.900 3. Amanda Castillo (Florida) 9.850 3. Corey Hartung (Florida) 9.850 3. Courtney Kupets (Georgia) 9.850 3. Nicole Ourada (Stanford) 9.850 7. Tabitha Yim (Stanford) 9.838 8. Terin Humphrey (Alabama) 9.800 9. Anna Li (UCLA) 9.788 10. Kelly Phelan (Louisiana State) 9.775 11. Kelly Fee (Stanford) 9.725 12. Melanie Sinclair (Florida) 9.688 13. Tricia Woo (Nebraska) 9.663 14. Kristi Esposito (Louisiana State) 9.588 15. Jessica Lopez (Denver) 9.550 Floor Exercise 1. Morgan Dennis (Alabama) 9.963 2. Courtney Kupets (Georgia) 9.950 3. Ashley Postell (Utah) 9.925 4. Corey Hartung (Florida) 9.900 4. Savannah Evans (Florida) 9.900 4. Emily Parsons (Nebraska) 9.900 4. Kiara Redmond (Oklahoma) 9.900 8. Carly Janiga (Stanford) 9.888 8. Tabitha Yim (Stanford) 9.888 10. Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia) 9.863 11. Kelly Phelan (Louisiana State) 9.850 12. Beth Rizzo (Utah) 9.838 13. Karin Wurm (Arizona) 9.825 13. Janae Cox (West Virginia) 9.825 15. Susan Jackson (Louisiana State) 9.788 16. Jessica Lopez (Denver) 9.738 17. Ashley Reed (Florida) 9.288 18. Katie Lieberman (Michigan) 9.238
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Those problems were magnified when junior Terin Humphrey injured her shoulder in the SEC Championships and Kassi Price, a contender for SEC Freshman of the Year honors, suffered cartilage damage in her knee and sat out the regionals two weeks ago.Des Moines Jujitsu
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