NCAA Announces Semifinal Sessions and Rotation Order
April 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Fresh off the heels of the Illinois women's gymnastics team making its fourth trip to the NCAA Championships in the last six years, the NCAA announced the squad's semifinal session and rotation order. Hosted by the University of Alabama, the NCAA Championships will be held inside the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex from April 18-20.
The Fighting Illini will compete in the first session, slated for a 1 p.m. CT start time, and compete in the following order: bye before bars, bars, beam, bye before floor, floor and then vault. Minnesota's Lindsay Mable will compete alongside the Illini squad as an all-around competitor, as fellow Gopher Hanna Nordquist will also join in on beam.
The Orange and Blue will be joined by No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No.7 Michigan and No. 10 Stanford, sticking to the bracket format compiled before Regionals. The evening session is comprised of No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State. The top-three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six finals on April 19, and the top four individuals from each session on each event (plus ties) will advance to the individual event finals on April 20.
The Illini advanced to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. They did so by achieving second place at the Minneapolis Regional with a 196.6, beating out conference foe Minnesota and their 196.350. Furthermore, Sarah Fiedler (beam) and Sunny Kato (bars) became the fifth and sixth different Illinois gymnasts to win NCAA regional titles.