Junior J.G. Ketchen will look to lead the No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team at the NCAA Championships on April 5-7
March 27, 2001
The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee today announced the 12 team qualifiers, as well as the 56 individuals, who have been selected to the 2001 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships that will be held April 5-7 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State (Big Ten), Oklahoma (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and Massachusetts (Eastern College Athletic Conference) each earned automatic bids to the championships based on their first-place finishes at their conference championships. The other competitors include the top nine teams based on their national qualifications average, the top 12 all-around competitors who are not members of a selected team and the top 12 individuals per event who are not members of a selected team or have not already been selected in the all-around.
Teams and individuals are selected for the national qualifiers based on the national qualifications average formula. The NQA is computed as follows: select the three highest scores, counting no more than one home meet. Replace the highest of these three scores with the conference championship meet score and average these three scores. Individuals who compete in a final at their conference meet may use the finals score as a regular-season home or away meet.
The following are the 12 teams selected to the championships, their rankings and their national qualification averages, separated by the qualifying session they will compete in. All sessions of the championships will be in St. John Arena on the Ohio State campus.
Qualifying Session I Thursday, April 5, 1 p.m. 1. Oklahoma (216.342) 4. Illinois (213.558) 5. California (213.408) 8. Penn State (210.467) 10. Massachusetts (207.083) 11. Temple (205.483)Three teams and top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each qualifying session to the championships. The team championships, all-around finals and individual preliminaries will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6.
Qualifying Session II Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. 2. Ohio State (214.825) 3. Michigan (213.892) 6. Michigan State (213.117) 7. Iowa (210.842) 9. Minnesota (209.383) 12. Stanford (204.708)
The top eight individuals in each event at the team championships will advance to the individual finals, with ties resulting in more than eight gymnasts advancing allowed. The NCAA Individual Event Finals will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
Tickets for the NCAA Championships may be purchased by visiting the Ohio State Ticket Office, calling 1-800-GO BUCKS or online at hangonsloopy.com. All-session passes (four sessions) are $32 for adults and $20 for students/youth. Tickets for Thursday, April 5, are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth for each session. For the championships Friday (April 6) and Saturday (April 7), ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students/youth for each session.