The Gustavus Adolphus women’s gymnastics team will travel to Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Friday, March 19 to compete in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional. The regional will take place at the McPhee Physical Education Center on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The competition is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Seven teams will compete in the NCGA West Regional. Gustavus is ranked second in the region with a season average score of 183.2250. UW-La Crosse is ranked first (187.2875), Hamline is ranked third (182.7188), UW-Eau Claire is ranked fourth (182.2875), UW-Oshkosh is ranked fifth (176.8125), UW-Whitewater is ranked sixth (173.8250), and UW-Stout is ranked seventh (172.9563).
Each team is allowed six entrants in each event and the top four team finishers advance to the NCGA Nationals. Nationals will be hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts April 2-3. Teams will qualify based on their National Qualifying Score (NQS). The NQS is determined by calculating 40% of the seasonal average score (SAS) and 60% of the regional meet score. Individual and all-around qualifiers will also be determined at the regional.
Junior Amanda Parker and sophomore Alyssa Cox will lead the Gusties into the regional competition. Cox is currently ranked ninth nationally on the vault with a SAS of 9.5250. Parker is nationally ranked in three events. She is ranked fourth on the bars with a SAS of 9.5063, fifth in the all-around competition with a SAS of 37.6188, and sixth on the balance beam with a SAS of 9.5563.
The Gusties won the NCGA West Regional in 2002 and went on to place third in the NCGA National competition. In 2003, Gustavus placed third in the regional and fourth at the national meet. UW-La Crosse won the 2003 regional and went on to win its third consecutive NCGA National Championship.