Gaddie, Sundgren & Westrick Advance to NCAA Regionals
March 21, 2011
By Patrick ClarkSoutheast Missouri State Sports Information
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team came up short in their bid to qualify for the NCAA Regionals, finishing 39th with a regional qualifying score of 193.875. The top 36 teams based on RQS are placed in one of the six regional sites across the nation.
The Redhawks did qualify three individual gymnasts for the Regionals. Seniors Brianna Gaddie (East Grand Forks, Minn./Red River Valley) and Christina Sundgren (Richland, Wash./Mid-Columbia Gymnastics) as well as sophomore Taylor Westrick (Waterford, Wis./Salto Gymnastics) will represent the Redhawks at the Regional.
All three gymnasts will compete in the Norman Regional hosted by the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners are ranked fifth nationally and will host No. 7 Utah, No. 17 Washington, New Hampshire, Missouri and North Carolina.
The Redhawk gymnasts will rotate with the Tarheels, starting on vault.
Gaddie qualified will be making her third-straight regional appearance and will compete on the vault. The Midwest Independent Conference champion in that event ranks eighth on the apparatus in the South Central Region and 40th nationally with an RQS of 9.860.
She was also chosen as an alternate on the floor. She competed on the floor at the 2009 and 2010 Regionals.
Sundgren garners her second regional invite on bars after qualifying in 2009. Last year she was chosen as an alternate on bars.
She ranks 12th in the region and 62nd nationally with an RQS of 9.830 on bars.
Westrick makes her first Regional appearance. She ranks ninth in the region and tied for 32nd nationally on the beam. She was also chosen as an alternate in the all-around.
This is the third-straight season the Redhawks have sent multiple individual gymnasts to an NCAA Regional. Gaddie and Sundgren were each freshman on the 2008 Redhawks team that qualified for the South Central Regional and placed fifth.