The Gustavus Adolphus gymnastics team is set to host the 2010 WIAC Women’s Gymnastics Championship, which will be held on Sunday, March 7, at 3:00 pm in St. Peter, Minn. This will be the 37th WIAC Gymnastics Championship. The event will take place in the Lund Center Forum. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Children 10 under and adults 65 and older are free.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will seek a 14th consecutive title at the 2010 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women’s Gymnastics Championship. The 37th gathering of league foes will take place at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) on March 7, at 3:00 p.m.
The Eagles, who own a conference-high 20 first-place trophies, claimed last season’s crown with 187.200 team points to surpass UW-Whitewater’s second-place total of 185.100 points. Winona State University (Minn.) finished third with 182.925 points, UW-Stout fourth with 180.850 points, UW-Oshkosh fifth with 179.925 points, Gustavus Adolphus sixth with 179.400 points, Hamline University (Minn.) seventh with 178.875 points and UW-Eau Claire ninth with 173.450 points.
The conference championship will also serve as the West Regional qualifier for the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships (NCGA) that will be held March 26-27 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. The top three teams from the WIAC event, along with several qualified gymnasts, will advance to the national meet.
Three student-athletes that have combined to win 11 WIAC titles will compete in this year’s conference championship.
Leading the returnees is UW-Whitewater senior Justine Weyer who owns five first-place medals. She has claimed back-to-back titles in the uneven bars and could become the second individual in WIAC archives to win three straight championships, joining UW-Oshkosh’s Mary Leivian (1986-88). At the 2008 league festival, Weyer won the all-around, vault and floor exercise.
UW-La Crosse senior Gabi Hooper has claimed four first-place finishes in her career. A year ago, she won the vault after placing first in the balance beam in 2008. In 2007, Hooper tallied first-place standings in the vault and floor exercise.
UW-Stout senior Meghan Hargens earned a pair of titles at the 2009 championship, securing the all-around and floor exercise.
The top six individuals in each event at the WIAC championship will receive All-Conference recognition.