News Release: Student Life

Apr. 1,  2009

Emory Gymnasts To Host National Championships

From Emory Athletic News

Emory University will host the 2009 National Championships for collegiate club gymnastics teams in partnership with the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC).  The meet kicks off on Thursday, April 16 and will bring together 55 teams and roughly 600 competitors from across the country.

Emory’s Department of Athletics & Recreation invites the Atlanta community to attend the competition which will be held in the Woodruff P.E. Center Arena.  There will be six preliminary rounds of competition beginning on Thursday, followed by the final session on Saturday.  All sessions are free and open to the public.

Emory’s Gymnastics team will compete in the fifth preliminary session on Friday afternoon, along with reigning national champion Texas A&M.

The top eight women’s teams and the top six men’s teams from the qualifying sessions will advance to the final round.  Additionally, the 23 highest-scoring women and the top 15 men from the preliminary sessions will qualify for the individual all-around finals.

Emory’s 12-person squad is the smallest to host the National Championships in the history of the competition.  This year’s meet will be the largest National Championships ever held, prompting the NAIGC to schedule an additional preliminary session of competition.

The Emory Eagles have competed in three regular-season meets this year, including a fourth-place finish in February at the University of Illinois, where the team defeated the likes of Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kentucky.

Emory fell short of qualifying to the final round of competition at the National Championships in 2008 after losing to the University of Maryland in the team’s preliminary session.  The Eagles made history in 2007 by qualifying for finals for the first time, finishing eighth overall.

View schedule and location information.

More information at NAIGC.

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