April 16, 2009

2009 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships
Session I - Team-by-Team Notes
Thursday, April 16, 2009

-- On Friday, Georgia will be going for its 10th overall and fifth straight national championship. The Super Six Finals mark head coach Suzanne Yoculan's final meet at the helm of the GymDog program.
-- Senior Courtney Kupets scored a 39.80 in the all-around, including a 10.0 on beam for her fifth perfect mark of the season. A five-time NCAA champion, Kupets qualified for all four of Saturday's event finals.
-- Kupets' 39.80 mark matches the highest all-around score in NCAA Championships history, set by Kentucky's Jenny Hansen in 1995.
-- Georgia's 49.55 beam score matched the team's season high previously scored twice in 2009.
Senior Tiffany Tolnay will finish her career as a 16-time All-American, as she earned first-team honors on vault, floor and the all-around and a second-team nod on beam.

-- Florida has tallied eight Super Six Finals appearances (1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). The highest NCAA finish for the Gators was second in the 1998 event held in Los Angeles, Calif. Last year, Florida took fourth.
-- The Gators' balance beam total of 49.275 is its third-highest of the season. Freshman Elizabeth Mahlich led UF on the event, matching her collegiate-best of 9.875.
-- Junior Melanie Sinclair advances to her third consecutive NCAA uneven bars final. Joining her in the final is freshman Alicia Goodwin, who sprained her left knee the week of the SEC Championships and returned to the UF bars & beam lineup at NCAA North Central Regionals.
-- Senior Corey Hartung advances to her fourth NCAA floor exercise event final. She finishes her Gator career as a 10-time All-American, second only to the 11 honors earned by Kristen Guise (1993-96) and Chrissy Van Fleet (1997-00).
-- Junior Maranda Smith led Florida with her third-place all-around finish. She turned in a collegiate-best total of 39.45 in her ninth all-around performance of the season.


-- With today's fourth-place finish, Stanford completes its season with a 23-8 team record and a third consecutive NCAA Championships appearance.
-- The Cardinal has had at least one first-team All-American every year since 1998. The streak was kept alive, as Carly Janiga and Nicole Ourada both qualified for individual bars finals.
-- Janiga was the team's leading all-arounder, placing eighth with a score of 39.25.
-- Ourada (UB, FX) and Janiga (UB, AA) combined for four first- and second-team All-America honors for career totals of seven and six awards, respectively.

-- Three Nittany Lion gymnasts earned All-America distinctions during the session, the highest number of individual All-Americans in a season in school history during the NCAA era.
-- The All-America honors are the first of Whitney Bencsko's and Alexandra Brockway's careers and the second for Brandi Personett, who was first-team honoree on beam last season in 2008.
-- Penn State scored its highest NCAA Championships team mark (196.10) of head coach Steve Shephard's career.
-- Brockway's fourth-place score of 9.875 on bars tied her season high and fell just shy of her career high of 9.90.
-- Bencsko's 9.90 on vault marked her second-highest score of the season. She has achieved a 9.925 twice.

-- Freshman Megan Ferguson won the program's 32nd All-America honor with a 9.90 beam routine for first-team honors.
-- Ferguson's fourth-place finish on the apparatus resulted in the fourth year in a row that Oklahoma has had a gymnast garner All-America status.
-- Ferguson is the first OU gymnast to garner All-America status on beam since Kasie Tamayo in 2004.
-- OU made its sixth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, joining Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Utah as the only squads to make the field each year since 2004.

    -- LSU qualified for its second consecutive Super Six Finals, following a program-first appearance in team finals for fifth place in 2008.
    -- Junior Susan Jackson, the defending NCAA vault champion, qualified for Saturday's individual event finals, topping the afternoon preliminary session with a 9.95 on vault.
    -- Senior all-arounder Ashleigh Clare-Kearney earned a place in three event finals - vault, bars and floor. Clare-Kearney, a two-time All-American, competed in floor finals last season.
    -- Sophomore Staci Schwitkis and junior Summer Hubbard will also compete in vault and bars finals, respectively.
    -- The Tigers posted a season-high team score on vault (49.45), bettering their mark of 49.425 achieved twice this year.