Lincoln, Neb. --- The No. 5 Nebraska women's gymnastics team earned the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Salt Lake City Regional on Monday, when the NCAA announced the 36 teams participating in the 2012 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. The regional, which will be hosted by second-seeded Utah, will take place at the Huntsman Center on Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. (CST).
Nebraska, who finished the regular season at 19-2 and captured the Big Ten Championship last weekend, will face No. 8 Utah, No. 17 Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State and San Jose State. The competition also features five all-around competitors and one individual specialist per event.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors, who are not on an advancing team, will receive an automatic berth to the 2012 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Georgia in Duluth, Ga., on April 20-22. In addition, the individual event winners will advance to the national championships if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
As the No. 1 overall seed in the region, the Huskers' will start off on bars and then travel to beam before receiving a bye. NU will then go to floor and finish on vault.
The Huskers will be led by a pair of stellar all-around competitors in true freshman Jessie DeZiel and sophomore Emily Wong. DeZiel is the No. 3 all-round performer in the country and won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award at the conference championships last weekend. Wong is the Big Ten all-around champion after posting a career-high 39.60 in the meet. Senior Lora Evenstad also captured some hardware at the Big Ten Championships, winning the bars (9.925) and floor (9.90) titles.
Continue to check back to Huskers.com for more information as the Huskers begin their run in the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Championships.
NCAA Salt Lake City Regional Championship
April 7, 7 p.m. (CST)
Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Host: University of Utah
1. Nebraska (5)
2. Utah (8)
3. Minnesota (17)
4. Iowa State
5. Arizona State
6. San Jose State
1. Raquel Willman, BYU
2. Sarah Landes, Utah State
3. Paige Jones, Utah State
4. Rebecca Holliday, Utah State
5. Linnaea Hance, Air Force
Alternative- Katie Hawthorne, Air Force
Individual Event Specialist
Vault - Natalie Pickard, BYU
Alt- Rochelle Bernier, Southern Utah
Bars - Natalie Pickard, BYU
Alt- Alyssa Click, Southern Utah
Beam - Alyssa Click, Southern Utah
Alt - Krysten Koval, BYU
Floor - Krysten Koval, BYU
Alt- Brittney Jensen, Southern Utah