Weinstein to Compete at NCAA Championships in Duluth
April 18, 2012
Week 13 Notes: Alina Weinstein at the NCAA ChampionshipsApril 20-22, 2012 // Friday Semifinal I (11 a.m. CT) // Duluth, Ga. // Gwinnett Center
Weinstein to Represent Illinois at Nationals
Weinstein, who will rotate with Nebraska, is set to compete in Session I on Friday, April 20 (11 a.m. CT) at the NCAA Championships, which are being hosted by the Gwinnett Center and Georgia Tech. The top four individuals including ties on each event from Friday's competition will move onto Sunday's event finals (12 p.m. CT). The individual all-around crown will be decided on Friday by combining the the scores from the two sessions. To earn All-America status, an individual must finish in the top eight on an event or in the all-around, with the top four earning first team honors and the next four picking up second team honors. The top three teams from each Friday session will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday, April 21 (3 p.m. CT).
Saturday, April 21 - Super Six Team Final - 3 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, April 22 - Individual Event Finals - 12 p.m. (CT)
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Weinstein to Rotate with Nebraska During Afternoon Session
Illinois History at the National Championships
Illinois gymnasts have earned 11 All-America honors in school history, including a school-record six laurels a year ago. Nancy Thies was an AIAW All-American in 1976 on the uneven bars, while Allison Buckley was the first NCAA All-American in school history in 2008 when she earned second-team honors on the balance beam. In 2009, a pair of gymnasts were All-Americans, as Melissa Fernandez became the school's first first-team selection on beam and Sarah Schmidt was named to the second team on floor. Last season, Fernandez collected a program-record three accolades, leading the way with a pair of first-team All-America honors on beam and in the all-around along with a second-team nod on floor. Buckley and Weinstein were also second-team All-Americans on floor, while Kelsey Joannides garnered the distinction on vault for placing among the top eight in the session.
Illini Place Third at NCAA Regional
Weinstein, who also tied for first on beam with a career-high 9.900, became just the second Illini to win multiple regional titles, sharing that honor with Nancy Thies, who won a combined seven crowns from 1976-77. She was also just the second regional all-around champion from Illinois along with Thies and the fourth individual event champion in program history, joining Thies, Allison Buckley (2009-10) and Cara Pomeroy (2004) with that distinction. Weinstein hit all four routines on vault (9.850), bars (9.825), beam (9.900) and floor (9.875) to equal the fifth-best all-around score in school history of 39.450.
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