Women's Gymnastics Earns Post-Season Bid

Chantel Turk
Chantel Turk

March 26, 2012

CHICAGO - The 32nd-ranked UIC women's gymnastics team is one of only 36 teams to earn a post-season bid, the team will make its ninth post-season appearance, and compete in the six-team Illinois Regional inside Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on April 7. It was announced by the NCAA Monday afternoon.

"We are really excited to go to a regional that is close by, so our fans that have helped us along throughout the season have a chance to come and see us compete," co-head coach Peter Jansson said. "We are excited to be competing against some of the super powers of collegiate women's gymnastics in Oklahoma and Stanford, but to also measure up against teams, such as Denver, Kentucky and Illinois. This team has worked extremely hard to reach this level, and it is really a celebration and reward of that kind of work that we will bring to the table."

There are six host schools for the NCAA women's gymnastics regionals, including Auburn, Illinois, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Utah and Washington. In addition to the six host schools, there are five more teams in the regional, as well as five all-around competitors and one specialist for each event.

Joining UIC inside Assembly Hall are No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Stanford, No. 14 Denver, No. 22 Illinois and No. 24 Kentucky. Four of the five all-around competitors represent the Midwest Independent Conference, and include Kim Genereux (Illinois State), Rashonda Cannie (Texas Women's), Samantha King (Illinois State) and Megan Fosnow (Southeast Missouri State) and Kim Goutlund (Northern Illinois) representing the MAC Conference.

The four specialists set to compete are, on vault, Kayla Jones (Texas Women's), Courtney Cochefski (Texas Women's) on uneven bars, Taylor Westrick (SEMO) on the balance beam and Tanya Rachan (NIU) on the floor exercise.

The team last qualified for NCAA Regionals during the 2006-07 season.

Regional Sites



Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

No. 6, Georgia

No. 7, Oregon State

No. 18, Auburn

No. 21, Michigan

No. 27, West Virginia

No. 32, Michigan State

University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.

No. 2, Oklahoma

No. 11, Stanford

No. 14, Denver

No. 22, Illinois

No. 24, Kentucky

No. 32, UIC

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

No. 3, UCLA

No. 10, Arkansas

No. 15, Boise State

No. 19, Missouri

No. 29, New Hampshire

No. 24, Maryland

North Carolina State, Raleigh, N.C.

No. 1, Florida

No. 12, Ohio State

No. 20, North Carolina State

No. 13, Penn State

No. 26, Kent State

No. 31, North Carolina

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

No. 5, Nebraska

No. 8, Utah

No. 17, Minnesota

No. 24, Iowa State

No. 28, Arizona State

No. 35, San Jose State

University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

No. 4, Alabama

No. 9, LSU

No. 16, Arizona

No. 23, Washington

No. 30, Iowa

No. 36 Central Michigan