April 4, 2004
The NCAA has announced the field for the 2004 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, which will be held Apr. 15-17 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. As the host team, UCLA will be competing in the evening session (7:00 pm) of the team preliminaries/all-around competition on Thursday, Apr. 15, along with Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan and Utah. Competing in the afternoon session (1:00 pm) will be Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Stanford.
Also qualifying for Thursday's preliminary competition are individual all-around competitors Tanya Ricioli-Hebron (Oregon State), Erin Dethloff (Iowa State), Monica Bisordi (Arizona), Courtney Bumpers (North Carolina), Kari Lords (Brigham Young), Lindsay Ward (Boise State), Janae Cox (West Virginia), Sara Burtinsky (Central Michigan), Ashley Williams (Illinois), Heather Huffaker (Denver), Ashley Shible (Denver), Janet Anson (Iowa State), as well as individual event qualifiers Lisa Clark (Penn State) on vault and floor, Casey Dobyns (Denver) on vault, Cara Pomeroy (Illinois) on bars, Andi McCabe (Arizona) on floor, Laura-Kay Powell (Iowa State) on floor and Carly Dockendorf (Washington) on floor.
In a random draw conducted by the NCAA, UCLA was given the Olympic order during the preliminaries, starting on vault and ending on floor exercise. Arizona State will begin on a bye before bars, Utah opens on bars, LSU on beam, Alabama on a bye before floor and Michigan on floor. In the afternoon session, Stanford begins on vault, Florida on a bye before bars, Iowa on bars, Oklahoma on beam, Georgia on a bye before floor and Nebraska on floor.
The top three finishers from each preliminary session will advance to the Super Six Team Finals on Friday, Apr. 16 at 7:00 pm. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual event finals on Saturday, Apr. 17 at 7:00 pm.
UCLA, the defending NCAA champion, has now qualified for 13 consecutive NCAA Championships and 21 overall.