Four Bronco Gymnasts Compete at NCAA Regionals
AUBURN, Ala.- Seniors Cepeda Carter and Taylor Zondervan as well as junior Caroline O'Brien and sophomore Lauren Bledsoe competed Saturday, April 7, at the NCAA Regional held by Auburn University. All four were at-large representatives, qualifying with scores from the 2012 season.
Although Carter and Zondervan both qualified as all-arounders, an ankle injury limited Zondervan to competing on just the uneven bars. She placed 38th with a 9.650.
Carter totaled a 38.800 in the all-around, scoring a 9.800 on vault, 9.750 on bars, 9.675 on balance beam and 9.575 on the floor exercise. Her highest finish was on vault, tying for 24th, and her 9.800 tied a career high.
"Cepeda's performance was one of the best ever for us at regionals," said WMU head coach Dave Kuzara. "She went 4 for 4 and completed a yurchenko layout full for the first time ever, scoring a career-high 9.8.
"Taylor's ankle injury only enabled her to compete on bars, which she did so admirably. Her toughness should make all the Bronco fans proud."
O'Brien was the third Bronco to compete on the uneven bars, scoring a 9.775, and tying for 23rd. O'Brien was making her second trip to a regional in as many years. Bledsoe went up on the floor exercise, totaling a 9.200.
"Caroline did a great bar routine and is 2 for 2 the last two years at regionals," Kuzara added.
The regional competition marked the end of the gymnastics season. Western Michigan finished 2012 runners-up in the Mid-American Conference regular season with a 4-2 record and third at the MAC Championships.