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The Race to Regionals:  March 20th, 2007

 

The national scene remains remarkably stable, as no team has risen into or fallen out of the top eighteen teams since the March 5 rankings came out.  It is mathematically impossible for any team to catch either of the top two teams, #1 Florida and #2 Georgia, although those two teams could switch places.  With only a single meet, SEC Championships, remaining for Florida, Georgia, and #3 Alabama, it is possible to calculate the maximum RQS for these teams.  Floridaís maximum RQS is 197.545, Georgiaís is 197.585, and Alabamaís is 197.265.  To attain these maximum scores, these teams would have to beat their season highs.

Stanford remains at #4 this week, while Utah rose to #5 and LSU to #6.  Nebraska, after an unusual meet in which an incomplete team was fielded, fell to #7.  UCLA had the week off and fell to #8.  #10 Oklahoma failed to improve its RQS this week, and #9 Oregon State passed them.  #11 Michigan and #12 Arkansas round out the top twelve.

With a new season high, #13 Penn State shot up three positions.  #14 Arizona, too, recorded a new season high, while #15 Auburn failed to improve its RQS this week.  #17 Iowa State continues to drop in the rankings, falling below #16 Denver.  Missouri is holding onto the #18 spot.

Please click this link to see Top 50 rankings with the range of each teamís six RQS-counting scores and the number of regular season meets each team has remaining.  This will help you get a sense of which teams have more potential for significant upward movement in the rankings.  If teams have one or two of their lower scores replaced with scores close to their high score, the team possessing a larger range will see a correspondingly larger jump in its RQS.  This indicator is therefore a sign of the potential for upward movement in the rankings.  Note that conference championships count as regular season meets for the purpose of Regionals qualifying. 

 

Central Region

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#3

Alabama

196.98

1.425

#6

LSU

196.455

1.6

#15

Auburn

195.7

1.075

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#19

Michigan State

195.405

2.075

#21

Ohio State

195.02

0.975

#25

Kentucky

194.535

2.4

Next in line:

#28

Kent State

194.34

1.25

#33

Central Michigan

193.87

2.3

Itís been an exciting week in the Central Region!  Not only did Michigan State leap up seven spots in the rankings upon earning two strong away scores, but Kentucky overtook Kent State for the final unseeded berth.  Having broken the 195 mark for the second consecutive week, Kentucky may have hit its groove.  The next two weeks will be an intense race between Kentucky and Kent State, but at the same time, these teams may be lucky enough to see Michigan State move up into seeded position.  At the same time, Central Michigan cannot be counted out.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the North Central Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Jillian Kowalski, Kent State
Katie Simon, Central Michigan
Jolene Worley, Eastern Michigan
Zu Vuong, Eastern Michigan
Kelly Watson, Ball State
Alt.- Jennifer Sturgis, Western Michigan

Vault

Sheena Smith, Central Michigan
Alt.- Jacque Bernhardt, Bowling Green

Bars

Kristin Peters, Kent State
Alt.- Sheena Smith, Central Michigan

Beam

Kristin Peters, Kent State
Alt.- Jessica Suder, Central Michigan

Floor

Laci Hendress, Kent State
Alt.- Amy Cucinotta, Kent State

 

North Central Region 

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#5

Utah

196.48

0.63

#16

Denver

195.685

2.3

#17

Iowa State

195.635

1.1

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#22

Minnesota

194.675

1.68

#26

Brigham Young

194.44

1.67

#31

Iowa

194.19

0.88

Next in line:

#32

Utah State

194.005

3.4

#34

Southern Utah

193.775

2.63

In the North Central Region this week, there continue to be eight top-36 teams competing for only six Regionals berths.  Iowa State will need to put a stop to their continued slide in the rankings in order to assure that these talented teams arenít fighting for only five berths.

With a new season high, Minnesota overtook Brigham Young this week.  Brigham Young had a weak meet and dropped four spots in the rankings.  Not far behind are Iowa (slight RQS improvement) and Utah State (failed to improve).  Utah State is still counting a single 192 score, with their remaining scores above 194, so this team is a huge threat to overtake Iowa and possibly Brigham Young.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the North Central Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Jessica Parenti-Otte, Utah State
Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah
Leah Sakhitab, Southern Utah
Megan Lewis, Utah State
Shayla Garcia, Southern Utah
Alt.- SaShonna Iwaniec, Air Force

Vault

Katy Schilla, Utah State
Alt.- Heather Heinrich, Utah State 

Bars

Ashley Barr, Utah State
Alt.- Kellie Dangerfield, Southern Utah

Beam

Kellie Dangerfield, Southern Utah
Alt.- Erin Morgan, Southern Utah

Floor

Megan Tschida, Utah State
Alt.- Nicki Felley, Utah State


Northeast Region

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#11

Michigan

196.06

0.725

#13

Penn State

195.905

1.55

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#40

New Hampshire

193.245

3.85

#41

Pittsburgh

193.085

1.45

#53

Rutgers

191.03

2.35

Next in line:

#55

Pennsylvania

190.475

2.7

#59

Cornell

189.395

4.375

 

The Northeast Region remains quiet, although Pennsylvania is closing the gap on Rutgers for the final unseeded Regionals berth.  Rutgers will need to have two strong away scores to close out the season.  New Hampshire and Pittsburgh each dropped three spots in the rankings this week.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the Northeast Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Alicia Sacramone, Brown
Marissa Rosen, Pennsylvania
Kelly Gurney, U. of Rhode Island
Alina Liao, Yale
Sarah Bulka, Brockport State
Alt.- Julia Zimmerman, MIT

Vault

Colleen Davis, Cornell
Alt.(tie)- Amanda Frasier, U. of Rhode Island

Bars

Christine McNeill, Temple
Alt.- Elizabeth Lowe, Pennsylvania

Beam

Jennifer Sobuta, Brown
Alt.- Lauren Tatsuno, Yale

Floor

Noelle Moore, Temple
Alt.- Miki Seltzer, Yale

 

South Central Region

 

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#7

Nebraska

196.42

1.25

#10

Oklahoma

196.12

1.075

#12

Arkansas

196.025

0.55

#14

Arizona

195.855

1.35

#18

Missouri

195.52

1.65

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#20

Illinois-Champaign

195.09

1.45

#27

Arizona State

194.4

3.35

#36

Southeast Missouri

193.435

1.575

Next in line:

#37

Illinois-Chicago

193.42

3.4

#46

Northern Illinois

192.44

2.925

 

In perhaps the deepest of all regions, Missouri continues to hang onto the last seeded Regionals berth, for which Southeast Missouri and Illinois-Chicago must be very grateful.  The latter two terms are in a tight race for the last unseeded position.  Both teams were able to replace a low score with a much higher score this week, but Illinois-Chicago has a bit more wiggle room from this point forward.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the South Central Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Annie Kachman, Illinois-Chicago
Jessie Jaworowicz, Illinois-Chicago
Leah Johnson, Northern Illinois
Whitney Albright, Illinois State
Jessica Prousa, Illinois State
Alt.- Meaghan Koshman, Illinois State

Vault

Meaghan Koshman, Illinois State
Alt.- Brittany Parker, Texas Womanís

Bars

Courtney Arno, Texas Womanís
Alt.- Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois 

Beam

Rachael Zelinski, Illinois-Chicago
Alt.- Jennifer Naughton, Northern Illinois

Floor

Rachael Zelinski, Illinois-Chicago
Alt.- Natalie Blum, Northern Illinois

 

Southeast Region

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#1

Florida

197.42

0.625

#2

Georgia

197.385

1

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#23

North Carolina State

194.61

2.15

#24

West Virginia

194.6

0.975

#29

North Carolina

194.305

1.475

Next in line:

#35

Maryland

193.63

2.775

#38

Towson

193.355

2.175

In the Southeast Region, North Carolina State has once again passed West Virginia, but these two teams appear to be locks for unseeded Regionals berths.  North Carolina replaced a 192.x with a 194.x to rise three spots in the rankings.  Maryland remains within striking distance for that final unseeded position, but with every week an upset looks less likely.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the Southeast Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Brandi George, Maryland
Decelia Willacy, Towson
Jackie Schweitzer, Towson
Christina Ghani, Towson
Tricia Long, William and Mary
No other athletes currently have RQS.

Vault

Angela Ferg, Maryland
Alt.- Alise McDonald, Towson

Bars

Stevie Waldman, William and Mary
Alt.- Allison Dama, Maryland

Beam

Talia Tossone, Maryland
Alt.- Rachel Colon, Maryland

Floor

Jess Guilbert, George Washington
Alt.- Maggie Parrack, George Washington

 

West Region

 

RQS

Range

Seeded Teams:

#4

Stanford

196.61

1.2

#8

UCLA

196.38

1.1

#9

Oregon State

196.185

1.6

Unseeded Teams in position to qualify:

#30

Washington

194.22

1.95

#39

San Jose State

193.295

2.125

#42

California

192.995

2.7

Next in line:

#43

Sacramento State

192.945

3

#47

Boise State

192.335

2.325

In the West Region, California overtook Sacramento State for the final unseeded position by a tiny margin, despite the latter having scored a new season high.  From San Jose State, California, Sacramento State, and Boise State all the way down to UC Davis (RQS 192.18) and Cal State-Fullerton (RQS 192.005), there is an incredibly tight six-way race for the final two unseeded positions.

If Regionals were today, the following would be the West Region individual qualifiers:

All-Around

Marina Borisova, Sacramento State
Melissa Genovese, Sacramento State
Debra Huss, Seattle-Pacific
Eryn Stubblefield, Sacramento State
DeAvera Todd, Boise State
Alt.- Michelle Kulovitz, UC Davis

Vault

Tanya Ho, UC Davis
Alt.- Carrie Lujan, UC Davis

Bars

Katie Griffis, Boise State
Alt.- Lauren Dyson, Sacramento State

Beam

Kristin Aldrich, Boise State
Alt.- (tie) Katie Griffis, Boise State; Eryn Stubblefield (Sacramento State)

Floor

Yvette Leizorek, Boise State
Alt.- Andi Dolinsky, UC Davis

  

 

 

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