Weinstein Wraps Up Illini Season at Nationals
April 20, 2012
DULUTH, Ga. - During Friday's afternoon semifinal session at the Gwinnett Center, junior Alina Weinstein competed as an individual all-arounder at the NCAA Championships to wrap up the 2012 season for the Illinois women's gymnastics team. The Plainsboro, N.J., native closed out the competition strong with three consecutive 9.85s and finished in the top 14 on vault, beam and floor.
"It was a 9.85 kind of day for Alina," head coach Kim Landrus said. "She rebounded well after bars and did phenomenal on her final three events. She has made such big strides this year from her sophomore season. She has really elevated her routines, her competition, and her work ethic, so she will be able to carry that into her senior year and be one of our core leaders."
Weinstein rotated with fellow Big Ten team Nebraska and began the meet on uneven bars. She executed her routine but fell leading into her dismount and scored a 9.000. The junior bounced back immediately during the next rotation, tallying a 9.850 on beam to tie for 12th. After sitting out on a bye, she hit her floor routine and tied for 11th before finishing off the meet by tying for 14th on vault with a 9.850 on each. She missed earning second-team All-America honors on floor for the second-straight year by just .025.
"Competing by myself wasn't something I had trained for, but it was fun and I was happy with how I did on the last three events," Weinstein said. "It was easy to put my first routine behind me because I was competing for myself, so my main goal was just to have fun."
In the all-around, Weinstein scored a 38.550 and placed 20th in the session. She qualified for nationals by winning the all-around at the NCAA Champaign Regional with a career-high 39.450, making her the second regional all-around champion in school history. For the season, she hit 48-of-53 routines, including all 13 on both vault and beam.
In the team competition, UCLA posted the top score to win the session with a 197.400 and advance to Saturday's Super Six Team Finals along with Utah (197.200) and Stanford (197.125). Oklahoma (196.925) finished fourth followed by Nebraska (196.625) and LSU (196.550). The second semifinal of the NCAA Championships will be completed on Friday night to determine the final three teams that will advance to the Super Six.
Illinois Results at the 2012 NCAA Championships
Alina Weinstein - All-Around // Session I
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