Fincham Claims Title on Bars to Advance to NCAA Championships
April 7, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C-- Rachel Fincham made the most of her time on the uneven bars at the NCAA Regional in Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday, posting a score of 9.9 to claim a share of the title in the event and advance to the National Championships. Fincham will compete in the National Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22 at the Gwinnett Center.
"I'm extremely proud of Rachel," said Wolfpack head coach Mark Stevenson.
As a team, NC State finished third behind the top-ranked Florida Gators and No. 12 Ohio State posting a score of 195.975. Florida and Ohio State are the two teams that will advance to the National Championships from the Raleigh Regional with scores 197.325 and 196.225, respectively.
For the second time this season, the Wolfpack finished ahead of No. 13 Penn State after defeating the Nittany Lions at the Sweetheart Invitational on February 11. Penn State finished with a 195.650 to claim fourth and North Carolina and Kent State claimed fifth and sixth with a 194.025 and 193.575, respectively.
"We succeeded in doing some of the things we wanted to accomplish this season," said coach Stevenson. "Our goal was to hit 85 percent of our routines at meets, meaning that we did not count any falls and we successfully did that."
The Wolfpack was assigned the same rotation that it has enjoyed at all home meets this season starting on vault, then bars, before finishing on beam and floor.
All of the scores factoring into the Pack's team score on vault were 9.8 or better, which was just the second time this season that NC State has accomplished the feat. The Wolfpack recorded a team score of 49.125 on vault which is the third highest of the season.
On bars, junior Rachel Fincham registered her third 9.9 of the season after turning in a great routine and sticking the landing on her dismount. Fincham's other 9.9s on the season came against BYU and Kent State, both of which were good for first at home meets.
"I was excited about my bar routine but I was more excited that I could help the team, " said Fincham. "Bars is kind of my thing and I have been working my whole life for the opportunity to compete at nationals."
NC State finished the event with a team score of 49.100, which ties for the second highest score of the season behind the score of 49.225 recorded against Kent State.
Sophomore Kristen Harabedian posted a new career high with a score of 9.825 along with Ouellette who also scored a 9.825. Williams scored a 9.8, while Panza turned in a 9.75 to highlight the Pack's performance on bars.
After the first two events, the Wolfpack was in third with a 98.225, just behind the Florida Gators 98.500 and Ohio State 98.275.
The beam proved to be the toughest event for NC State on the evening, as the Pack finished the rotation with a team score of 48.625.
Fallanca along with freshman Lane Jarred led the way for the Wolfpack with 9.775s. Panza scored a 9.75, while Fincham posted a 9.725 to headline the Pack's scoring on beam.
NC State posted its second team score of 49.125 on floor exercise to complement the 49.125 posted on vault. The Pack continued its strong performance in the floor exercise, scoring a 49 or better in the event for the sixth time this season.
Barr and Ham paced the Pack on floor registering 9.85s to claim third in the event. Panza finished closely behind with a 9.825 while Fincham and Ouellette posted 9.8s.
The Wolfpack's season has now come to a close after finishing third in the NCAA Regional, but the Pack will send junior Rachel Fincham to the National Championships as an individual qualifier.