Gymnastics Ready for 2017 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals

Gymnastics Ready for 2017 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University gymnastics will take part in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships for the fifth straight year as a team when the Bears compete at Seattle Pacific University's Brougham Pavilion from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9.

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Live Results: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
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Friday, April 8
5 p.m. ET – Team Preliminary Session 1: No. 1 Bridgeport, No. 4 Cornell, No. 5 Air Force, No. 8 West Chester
10 p.m. ET – Team Preliminary Session 2: No. 2 Lindenwood, No. 3 Texas Woman's, No. 6 Yale, No. 7 Brown, No. 9 Seattle Pacific
Saturday, April 9
10 p.m. ET – Team Finals
Sunday, April 10
4 p.m. ET – Individual Event Finals 

Rotation 1: Vault
Rotation 2: Bye
Rotation 3: Bars
Rotation 4: Beam
Rotation 5: Floor 

Senior Caroline Morant earned Co-ECAC Gymnast of the Year honors, six Bears totaled 11 All-ECAC honors, and Brown University gymnastics came in third place at the 2017 ECAC Division I Women's Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017 at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Morant (Chicago, Ill.) won the floor title and came in third on vault and bars, finishing in the top three in all events in which she competed. She gained First Team All-ECAC on all three events. Morant finished her career with 13 All-ECAC honors and three ECAC titles.

In the team standings, Yale took the title with a 194.600 while Cornell came in second with a 194.450. The Bears tallied a season-best 194.125 for third and finished ahead of fourth-place William & Mary (193.925), fourth-place Temple (193.675), and sixth-place Penn (192.075). 

Brown University gymnastics scored a program record 195.175 to win team preliminary session two and advanced to the team finals for the second time in program history at the 2016 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Lindenwood University's Hyland Arena.

Caroline Morant '17 earned four USAG All-America honors – one of six Bears to take home USAG All-America accolades – as Brown concluded competition at the 2016 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships with the Individual Event Finals on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Hyland Arena. 

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 Regional National
1. Bridgeport 194.440 193.848 195.050 5th NE 50th
  Lindenwood 194.440 193.627 195.325 9th SC 50th
3. Texas Woman's 194.370 193.415 196.000 10th SC 52nd
4. Cornell 193.885 193.063 194.500 8th NE 55th
5. Air Force 193.680 192.746 194.500 9th NC 57th
6. Yale 193.435 192.541 194.600 9th NE 59th
7. Brown 193.340 192.625 194.125 10th NE 60th
8. West Chester 193.095 192.500 194.400 11th NE 61st
10. Seattle Pacific 192.180 191.464 194.100 10th W 65th

The Bears qualified as the No. 7 seed for USAGs with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 193.340. Brown will compete in the second preliminary team session on Friday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET along with No. 2 seed Lindenwood, No. 3 Texas Woman's University, No. 6 Yale, and No. 9 Seattle Pacific. The first preliminary team session, set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET, includes No. 1 Bridgeport, No. 4 Cornell, No. 5 Air Force, and No. 8 West Chester.

The top two teams from each preliminary session will advance to the team finals on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Individual event finals will take place on Sunday at 4 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 fifth straight appearance as a team at USAGs after qualifying as a team for the first time in 2013. Last year, 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. 

The Bears carry three gymnasts on their roster who have previously earned a total of 15 USAG All-America honors including seniors Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) and Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Regan Butchness (Barrington, Ill.).

Morant has earned 10 USAG First Team All-America accolades in her career including three times in the all-around, three times on floor, twice on bars, once on beam, and once on vault. Mitchell has gained three First Team All-America awards – twice in the all-around and once on floor – while Butchness has gained First Team All-America on beam twice.

All student-athletes that advance to the individual event finals earn First Team USAG All-America honors while alternates for the event finals gain Second Team USAG All-America. In the all-around, the top eight performers between the two team preliminary sessions gain First Team USAG All-America while the ninth and 10th place finishers garner Second Team USAG All-America. 

As a team in the USAG Collegiate Nationals rankings, Brown ranks sixth on vault with a 48.315 RQS, sixth on beam with a 48.585 RQS, seventh on bars with a 48.460 RQS, and ninth on floor with a 48.520 RQS.

In the individual USAG standings, senior Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) leads Brown in the all-around (third, 38.955 RQS), on floor (third, 9.865 RQS), on bars (fourth, 9.790 RQS), and on vault (eighth, 9.785). Senior Jorden Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.) paces the Bears on beam (ninth, 9.785 RQS). 

Collectively, the Bears have gained 21 event titles on the year with senior Caroline Morant (Chicago, Ill.) collecting 14 event titles.

2017 Brown Event Titles
Gymnast Vaut Bars Beam Floor All-Around Totals
Jorden Mitchell 1 - 1 1 1 4
Caroline Morant 5 2 2 3 2 14
Anya Olson - 2 - - 1 3
Totals 6 4 3 4 4 21

Senior Caroline Morant won titles on vault, bars, and floor while earning four All-Ivy Classic honors as Brown University gymnastics placed fourth with a 192.400 at the 2017 Ivy Classic at Yale University's Lee Amphitheater on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Morant (Chicago, Ill.) collected First Team All-Ivy Classic in the all-around with a 38.550 while adding First Team honors on vault, bars, and floor. In her career, she won six Ivy Classic titles and totaled 13 All-Ivy Classic honors. In all, five Brown gymnasts collected 10 All-Ivy Classic laurels.