NCAA Gymnastics Regional Selection Show Airs Today at 3 p.m.
NCAA Gymnastics Regional Selection Show
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On the heels of the program's first-ever ECAC Championship, the Brown gymnastics team awaits individual bids to the NCAA Regional tournament, which will be announced during today's NCAA Selection Show on ncaa.com at 3 p.m. Regionals are slated for Saturday, Apr. 5, at one of six potential sites throughout the country.
The top 36 teams in the nation earn team qualification to Regionals, while the top five all-around competitors on non-qualifying teams will earn individual bids. Additionally, the top individual performer on each event from non-qualifying teams will receive selection to Regionals.
Brown's top performers who have the best chance to qualify this season include ECAC Rookie of the Year Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.), ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.), Ivy Classic All-Around Champion Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) and First Team All-Ivy sophomore bars specialist Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, Mich.).
Walters, Morant and Shnayder rank 10th, 11th and 12th in the North East region in all-around Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), respectively, which puts them in position to qualify for regionals with many of the top scores occupied by members of regional-qualifying teams. Chretien stands 12th in the region in RQS on bars and could be selected as the top performer from a non-qualifying team.
Walters, a three-time ECAC Gymnast of the Week selection, won the Ivy Classic All-Around title after setting personal records in all four events and leading the Bears to their second straight Ivy Classic title in February. She ranks 10th in the region and second in the ECAC with a 38.760 all-around RQS.
Morant becomes Brown's first ECAC Rookie of the Year since World Floor Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Alicia Sacramone took the honor in 2007. The five-time ECAC Rookie of the Week won the ECAC all-around and beam titles with scores of 38.975 and 9.800, respectively. Her 38.715 all-around RQS is the third-best in the ECAC and her 9.800 on floor is 23rd in the region.
Shnayder, a three-time USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals participant and First Team All-Ivy selection, is 12th in the region and fourth in the ECAC with a 38.665 all-around RQS. Named the ECAC Gymnast of the Week after earning Brown's top score on floor in the Bears' season-opening meet on Jan. 19, Shnayder owns the team's best floor average (9.777) and second-best all-around average (38.418).
Chretien, winner of four ECAC Weekly Awards this season, stands 12th in the region on bars with a 9.810 RQS. She turned in a career high and tied the school record on bars with a 9.875 at William & Mary on March 14, leading the Bears to a new school record team total of 194.225. At the previous weekend's home meet, she set a then-career-best 9.850 on bars to earn first place and help Brown set a new school record of 48.800 in the event.
Regional competition will determine qualification for the NCAA Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Apr. 18-20. Brown is also set to host USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals on Apr. 11-13.