March 25, 2013
ATHENS-----The fourth-ranked Georgia gymnastics team will compete as the top seed in the NCAA Corvallis Regional on April 6, it was announced Monday.
Joining the Gym Dogs in order of seeding will be Oregon State, Arkansas, Boise State, Arizona State and California. The six teams along with individual competitors will compete at OSU's Gill Coliseum Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET.
The individual competitors include Sacramento State's Kalliah McCartney, Nicole Meiller and Kailey Hansen; UC Davis' Katie Yamamura, Anna Schumaker and Michelle Ho; San Jose State's Bekah Gher and Cassandra Harrison; and Alaska Anchorage's M'rcy Matsunami.
Oregon State is one of six regional hosts along with Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Ohio State. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors who are not on an advancing team from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Los Angeles April 19-21. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships in that event only if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
This is the second straight year Georgia and Oregon State are the top two seeds in the same regional. Both teams competed in the Auburn Regional in 2012 as Georgia placed first and Oregon State finished second.
"Going in as the number one seed is a great thing for us," said UGA coach Danna Durante. "We are excited about that, and we've worked very hard to get to that point. It has been our focal point for the last several weeks, so we're glad that we have that behind us. It's going to be a good meet all the way around. We need to take care of business just like we've done the last few weeks."
Georgia's rotation for the regional will be vault, bye, bars, beam, bye, floor.
In the GymInfo Top 25 released Monday, Georgia moved up one spot to No. 4, which is the Gym Dogs' highest ranking since the week of Feb. 27, 2012. Georgia's 197.260 RQS is its highest since 2008.
Georgia is ranked third on bars with a 49.415 RQS, fourth on beam (49.305), eighth on vault (49.400) and tied for 10th on floor (49.280).
Individually, Chelsea Davis is tied for second on the uneven bars with a 9.945 RQS, and Shayla Worley is tied for second on beam with a 9.920. Worley tied for first on beam with teammate Brittany Rogers at the SEC Championship on Saturday. Rogers, who also shared the SEC title on bars, is tied for ninth on that event.
Ten-time NCAA champion Georgia has won a total of 22 NCAA regionals including 12 in the last 15 years.
The top 18 teams in the 36-team field include No. 1 seeds Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and UCLA, No. 2 seeds LSU, Nebraska, Utah, Oregon State, Stanford and Minnesota, and No. 3 seeds Auburn, Penn State, Denver, Arkansas, Illinois and Arizona.
Regional tickets are available for purchase at www.beavertickets.com or by calling the Oregon State Ticket Office at 1-800-462-3287.