Gymnastics Set for 2018 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals

Gymnastics Set for 2018 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University gymnastics will take part in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships for the sixth straight year as a team when the Bears compete at Texas Woman's University's Kitty-Magee Arena from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. 

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Friday, April 13
3 p.m. ET – Team Preliminary Session 1: No. 1 Lindenwood, No. 4 Bridgeport, No. 5 Air Force, No. 8 Penn
8 p.m. ET – Team Preliminary Session 2: No. 2 Texas Woman's, No. 3 Yale, No. 6 Cornell, No. 7 Brown
Saturday, April 14
8 p.m. ET – Team Finals
Sunday, April 15
2 p.m. ET – Individual Event Finals 

Rotation 1: Bars
Rotation 2: Beam
Rotation 3: Floor
Rotation 4: Vault 

Brown finished in third place as a team with a season-high score of 194.025 – crossing the 194 threshold for the first time this season – at the 2018 ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 24 at The Palestra.

Junior Cassidy Jung (San Marino, Calif.) tied for third place on beam to gain First Team All-ECAC honors while junior Julia Green (Exton, Pa.) tied for fifth place on vault to gain Second Team All-ECAC accolades. Senior Anya Barca-Hall (Santa Cruz, Calif.) garnered recognition as an ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

In the team standings, Yale won the meet with a 195.325 while William & Mary came in second with a 194.575. With their 194.025, the Bears topped host Penn (193.200), Cornell (193.150), and Temple (192.675). 

Brown came in fifth place in Team Preliminary Session No. 2 with a 192.225 at the 2017 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships at Seattle Pacific University's Brougham Pavilion. Anya Olson '18 (Farmington Hills, Mich.) placed second on bars in the Individual Event Finals with a personal-best 9.850. 

Brown enters USAGs as the No. 7 overall seed and the fourth-highest-ranked seed in team preliminary session two.

USAG Rankings by Regional Qualifying Score (Team Qualifiers)
No. Team RQS Avg. High Reg. Nat'l
1. Lindenwood 195.175 194.194 196.400 9th SC 44th
2. Texas Woman's 194.730 193.754 195.575 10th SC 52nd
3. Yale 194.665 193.584 195.325 6th NE 53rd
4. Bridgeport 194.385 193.585 195.100 7th NE 55th
5. Air Force 194.315 193.640 194.975 9th NC 57th
6. Cornell 193.285 192.748 194.350 9th NE 59th
7. Brown 193.115 192.108 194.025 10th NE 60th
8. Penn 193.085 192.539 193.875 11th NE 61st

The Bears qualified as the No. 7 seed for USAGs with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 193.115. Brown will compete in the second team preliminary session on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. ET along with No. 2 seed Texas Woman's, No. 3 Yale, and No. 6 Cornell. The first team preliminary session, set for Friday at 3 p.m. ET, includes No. 1 Lindenwood, No. 4 Bridgeport, No. 5 Air Force, and No. 8 Penn.

The top two teams from each preliminary session will advance to the team finals on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Individual event finals will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with the top five gymnasts on each event in each preliminary session on Friday qualifying for Sunday's event finals and earning All-American status. 

Brown makes its sixth straight appearance as a team at USAGs after qualifying as a team for the first time in 2013. In 2016, Brown advanced to the team finals for the second time in program history behind a program record score of 195.175. In both 2014 and 2015, Brown finished third in its team preliminary session. In 2013, the Bears advanced to the team finals, finishing fourth. In 2014, Diana Walters '16 (Austin, Texas) won the all-around title while in 2017, Anya Olson '18 (Farmington Hills, Mich.) placed second as an individual on bars. 

The Bears carry three gymnasts on their roster who have previously earned USAG All-America honors including senior Anya Olson (Farmington Hills, Mich.), senior Regan Butchness (Barrington, Ill), and junior Julia Green (Exton, Pa.). In 2016, assistant coach Jim Hayes earned USAG Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.

Butchness garnered First Team USAG All-America honors on beam in 2015 and 2016, Olson took First Team USAG All-America on bars in 2017, and Green gained Second Team USAG All-America on vault in 2017. 

Junior Julia Green earned All-Ivy Classic honors on vault and floor behind a pair of personal-best scores as Brown came in fourth place with a 192.975 at the 2018 Ivy Classic on Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

A total of seven Brown student-athletes gained All-Ivy Classic accolades on the day with Green (Exton, Pa.) leading the way with First Team honors on vault and Second Team recognition on floor. She placed second on vault.

Senior Anya Barca-Hall (Santa Cruz, Calif.) garnered First Team All-Ivy Classic on floor behind a second-place finish while fellow senior Regan Butchness (Barrington, Ill.) took First Team on beam, collecting All-Ivy Classic on the event for the third straight year.

On vault, junior Gabrielle Hechtman (Bellmore, N.Y.) and freshman Alyssa Gardner (Angola, N.Y.) both earned Second Team, and on bars, seniors Claire Ryan (Greenwood, Minn.) and Anya Olson (Farmington Hills, Mich.) both captured Second Team.