Gymnastics Makes 24th Post-Season Appearance; Fifth Consecutive
April 2, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - This year marks the Kentucky gymnastics program's 24th overall and fifth straight time advancing to the NCAA Regional Championships since they first went in 1982, just one year after the program's inception. UK has also made post-season appearances five out of the six years head coach Mo Mitchell has led the Cats. Kentucky travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Central Region Championship hosted by Ohio State on Saturday, April 5. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET in the St. John Arena.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4] were named to each of the six regions. Joining the Cats and the No. 17 Buckeyes are No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 22 Kent State and Michigan State. Last season Kentucky traveled to Baton Rouge, La., for the Central Region meet which Ohio State and Kent State both attended.
Ohio State grabbed a fifth place finish with a 195.900 at the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes' freshman Taylor Jones was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. With a 39.100, Jones finished second for Ohio State in the all-around.
Kent State defended its 2008 MAC title by scoring a 194.500 to win the 2009 MAC Championship. Although they struggled on beam, the Golden Flashes finished with a 49.025 on floor to maintain their lead over Central Michigan who earned a 194.350.
Michigan State came out of the Big Ten Championships with a 195.650 taking sixth place, just behind Ohio State. Katlyn Roggensack led MSU in the all-around setting a career-high with a 39.150 to finish 11th overall.