McCARTNEY BEGINS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FRIDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Junior Kalliah McCartney will make Sacramento State history when she competes in the first session of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Friday in Birmingham, Ala. McCartney will begin the competition at 11 a.m. PDT in BJCC Arena.
Live video of both semifinals will be provided at www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. The Super Six on Saturday and Sunday's event finals will be streamed on ESPN3.com.
McCartney earned her trip to the championships after placing sixth in the all-around at the Seattle Regional. Her four-event total of 39.275 was the highest in the competition outside of gymnasts from Nebraska and Alabama, giving her one of two at-large berths.
The Vancouver, Wash., native scored 9.800 on bars, beam and floor and added a 9.875 on vault en route to her season high. Her all-around score was also the highest by a Sacramento State gymnast in school postseason history and her bar mark tied the school record.
McCartney was paired with third-seeded LSU for the championships where she will have the same rotation order as she did at the Seattle Regional. She will begin with a bye before debuting on floor. The third rotation will take her to floor before her second bye. She will end with bars and beam.
The 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships will consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors and event specialist. The top three teams from each of the two semifinal sessions will advance to the Super Six on Saturday. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the semifinals will compete in the individual event finals on Sunday.
Semifinal I will be comprised of Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Stanford. Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, UCLA and Utah will take part in Semifinal II.
All-Around • Jr. • Vancouver, Wash./Multnomah Athletic Club
Made her third consecutive regional appearance as an all-arounder…established herself as one of the top vaulters in program history…was the MPSF champion on vault after scoring a career high 9.950…that score tied Rebecca Seebirt's mark from 1997…finished first in eight meets on vault, won beam four times and bars once…also had two wins in the all-around…only competed in the all-around in seven meets with a best of 39.075 against Southeast Missouri…had eight scores of 9.800 or better on vault with a "low" of 9.750…scored 9.875 against UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage for her top bars score…best beam mark was 9.875 at Utah State…posted a 9.875 on floor at Stanford in a meet which also included Arizona.