Gymnastics Trio Set for NCAA Regionals

Gymnastics Trio Set for NCAA Regionals

2014 NCAA Gymnastics University Park Regional Championship Central

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, Ill.), sophomore Diana Walters (Austin, Texas) and freshman Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) are set to represent the Brown gymnastics team at the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics University Park Regional Championships at Penn State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The three all-arounders mark the most regional qualifiers in a single season in Brown history as they compete for the top two qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships. A trip to the largest stage in college gymnastics would be the first for Brown since World Floor Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Alicia Sacramone earned a bid in 2007.

Sophomore specialist Alexandra Chretien (Commerce Township, Mich.) will serve as an alternate on bars. Her Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) was tied for first in the region with Cornell's Melanie Jorgensen, but the Big Red's representative received the selection based on tie-breaking criteria. 


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All three Bears will be in action during the first of six rotations. Walters will begin on vault, Shnayder opens on bars and Morant starts on floor. For Brown's rotations, see below.

Rotation 1
Walters – Vault
Shnayder – Bars
Morant – Floor

Rotation 2
Morant – Vault
Walters – Bye
Shnayder – Beam

Rotation 3
Morant – Bye
Walters – Bars
Shnayder – Bye

Rotation 4
Morant – Bars
Walters – Beam
Shnayder – Floor

Rotation 5
Shnayder – Vault
Morant – Beam
Walters – Bye

Rotation 6
Shnayder – Bye
Morant – Bye
Walters - Floor


On the heels of the program's first-ever ECAC Championship and back-to-back Ivy Classic titles, the regional qualifiers are the first for Brown since Emily Lutfey earned an all-around bid in 2011. Previously, Brown had not qualified more than two gymnasts in a single season, dating back to 2003 when Jayne Finst and Gina Verge competed in all-around.

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).

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.

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.


Brown is set to host USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals on April 11-13, for which the Bears qualified as a team for the second year in a row. After a fourth-place finish last season, Brown looks to add another championship to its list of 2014 accomplishments, which includes a second-straight Ivy Classic title and the program's first-ever ECAC Championship.