Sooners Headed To NCAA Gymnastics Championships
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 04/07/2012
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The Oklahoma Sooners captured their third-straight NCAA Regional title Saturday night as the squad posted a team score of 197.025 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., to advance to the 2012 NCAA Championships. Joining the Sooners in Duluth, Ga., will be Missouri's Rachel Updike who earned a berth to the Championships after earning a 39.350 all-around total at the Fayetteville Regional.

OU advances to its ninth consecutive NCAA Championships. The 2012 Big 12 Champions added their eighth score of 197.000 or better this season as senior Megan Ferguson claimed the floor title outright with a 9.925 and won a share of the beam crown with a 9.900. Following the meet, Ferguson was named the 2012 South Central Region Gymnast of the Year.

No. 19 Missouri garnered a fourth-place finish with a team total of 195.450 to conclude its 2012 season. Big 12 Freshman of the Year Updike scored fifth overall in the all-around. She tied an MU NCAA Regional individual record with her 9.900 mark on floor. Because she was not on an advancing team, she qualified for an automatic bid to the national championships. She becomes the eighth Missouri gymnast to qualify individually for the championships.

In the Salt Lake City Regional, 24th-ranked Iowa State placed sixth with a squad total of 193.150. Sophomore Michelle Shealy tied for second on beam with a 9.825, the highest placing for a Cyclone at the meet.

The top two teams from all six regionals advance to the NCAA Championships which begins with two semifinals made up of six teams on Friday, April 20. The top three teams from each semifinal will compete in the NCAA Super Six on Saturday, April 21, for the 2012 national title.

Semifinal pairings are determined based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS) which is calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the team's score during regional competition. Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on their NQS from one to 12. The 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 seeded teams are placed in one session, while seeds 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 are in the second group.

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