AUBURN, Ala. – Four members of the Kent State gymnastics team are set to travel to Auburn University to take part in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional, competing on Thursday at 2 pm The four gymnasts representing the Golden Flashes at Regionals are junior Rachel DeCavitchjunior Karlie Franzfreshman Alyssa Gunsand sophomore Sarah Haxton. Haxton will compete on the uneven bars, Guns and Franz on floor, and DeCavitch on all-around.
Kent State finished the season ranked 41st in the country, narrowly missing an NCAA Regionals appearance as a team. The Flashes finished the season as the third-highest ranked Mid-American Conference team and finished in fifth place at the 2022 MAC Championships.
DeCavitch finished with an all-around NQS of 39,245 for the season, including 9,850 on floor, 9,820 on bars, 9,810 on vault, and 9,790 on beam. DeCavitch, the Champion, Ohio native, was named MAC Gymnast of the Week following a weekend in which she posted all-around scores of 39.325 and 39.350. The latter score, in a home tri-meet against Ohio State and Eastern Michigan, was good enough for first in the meet and her second-highest career all-around score.
Franz and Guns, the two Flashes who will both be competing on floor, ended the season with near-identical NQS on the event. Franz’s 9.905 is just a hair higher than Guns’ 9.900, but each gymnast made a lasting impact with their performances this season. Franz, the Marysville, Michigan native, scored a season-high score of 9.925 twice this year, first in the All-Ohio Meet on March 4, and then again in the season finale against Western Michigan on March 13. Guns on the other hand , a native of Royal Oaks, Michigan, posted one of the highest floor scores in program history in her first time ever competing on floor at Kent State, registering a dazzling 9,975.
And finally Haxton, originally of Fortville, Indiana, will compete on bars in Regionals, an event on which she possesses a season NQS of 9,870. Her best mark of the season came in that All-Ohio Meet on March 4 against Ohio State and Bowling Green, when the sophomore posted a new personal record on bars with a score of 9,900. She also posted bars scores of 9,875 in four meets this season.
The national championships will take place April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas at Dickies Arena. The championship event is hosted by Texas Woman’s University.
For tickets and information regarding the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, log on to www.NCAA.com/wgymnastics. The complete 2022 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships bracket is available online at https://www.ncaa.com/live-updates/gymnastics-women/nc/2022-ncaa-womens-gymnastics-championship-selection-show-time-date -how-watch. The meet will be broadcast on ESPN+.
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