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2009 NCAA Women's gymnastics championships field

Published: Thursday, April 16 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

At Lincoln, Neb.

(Top 3 teams in each session advance to Friday's Super Six national championships)

SESSION 1, Thursday noon MDT

Listed by seed

1. Georgia (22-1) — *NQS 394.965, high score 198.20.

Four-time defending NCAA champion whose long-time coach, Suzanne Yoculan, is retiring after this meet. Top all-arounder Courtney Kupets, ranked No. 1 all-around, 39.85 high.

4. LSU (21-5) — NQS 393.65, high score 197.40.

Fifth-ranked team won its second straight NCAA Central Regional championship April 4 despite 48.85 on beam in final event. Top all-arounder Susan Jackson, ranked No. 3, 39.70 high.

5. Florida (15-6) — NQS 393.490, high score 196.875.

A contender for several years, the Gators have contended with injuries this season. Top all-arounder Melanie Sinclair, 39.575 high.

8. Oklahoma (18-5) — NQS 393.065, high score 197.175. Making sixth straight NCAA appearance, second to Alabama in Northeast Regional. Top all-arounder Ashley Jackson, 39.375 high.

9. Stanford (21-5) — NQS 393.025, high score 197.175. Third behind Georgia and Utah at 2008 NCAAs. Top all-arounder Nicole Ourada, 39.625 high.

12. Penn State (22-6) — NQS 392.040, high score 196.65. Beat out nationals-host Nebraska for the second qualifying spot from the Southeast Regional behind Georgia. Top all-arounder Brandi Personett, 39.60 high.

SESSION 2, Thursday 6 p.m. MDT

2. Utah (17-1) — NQS 394.865, high score 197.80. Second to Georgia the last three years and determined to improve that. Top all-arounder, Kristina Baskett, ranked No. 2, 39.675.

3. Alabama (13-5) — NQS 393.925, high score 197.35. Coming on strong the second half of the season after being slowed by injuries and youth. Top all-arounder Morgan Dennis, 39.725 high.

6. Oregon State (20-9) — NQS 393.32, high score 197.50. Close on LSU's heels in Central Regional April 4. Top all-arounder Mandi Rodriguez, 39.60 high.

7. UCLA (21-4) — NQS 393.205, high score 197.125. Another usual contender saddled with injuries for yet another year but still dangerous. Top all-arounder Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, 39.525 high.

10. Arkansas (16-9) — NQS 392.74, high score 196.90. Makes third nationals appearance in four years, 10th last year. Top all-arounder Casey Jo Magee, 39.525 high.

11. Illinois (26-9) — NQS 392.715, high score 196.75. First-time qualifier for NCAAs after placing a strong second to Utah at West Regional. Top all-arounder Kelsey Joannides, 39.375 high.

* National Qualifying Score, the Regional Qualifying Score and regional score added together. Used to seed teams for the championships.

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