04/06/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/06/2017 14:21
INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2017 - Seattle Pacific will play host to the 2017 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championships, scheduled for April 7-9 at Brougham Pavilion in Seattle, Wash. Competition begins on Friday, April 7, with the team semifinals and the all-around. Tickets are $15 for a day pass, or $30 for an all-event pass, and they can be purchased by clicking here.
The nine schools competing for the team title are Brown University, Cornell University, Lindenwood University, Seattle Pacific University, Texas Woman's University, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Bridgeport, West Chester University and Yale University. Schools with athletes competing for an event or all-around title only are: Centenary College, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of Pennsylvania.
The first team semifinal begins at 2 p.m. PT, featuring Air Force, Bridgeport, Cornell and West Chester, and the evening session starts at 7 p.m., with Brown, Lindenwood, Seattle Pacific, Texas Women's and Yale. The top two teams from each session advance to Saturday's team finals on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The all-around champion is determined after the two sessions on April 8, with the top five individuals for each event from each of the two Friday sessions qualifying for the individual finals, scheduled for Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m.
Bridgeport enters the competition as the top seed based on its regional-qualifying score (RQS) of 194.440. The Purple Knights won six consecutive USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate Championships from 2009-2014. Defending team champion Lindenwood, which won its second-straight USA Gymnastics Collegiate title last season, has a matching RQS mark of 194.440. After a close competition that came down to less than .100 last year, Lindenwood and Bridgeport are favored for this year's title.
Texas Women's University is the third seed, with Cornell at No. 4. Air Force, Yale, Brown, West Chester and Seattle Pacific enter the competition with the fifth to ninth seeds, respectively.
The USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships is for Division I, II and III schools with less than seven-and-a-half full scholarships.