Pack Finishes with Highest Ranking in Final Polls since 1999
May 1, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C.-- NC State gymnastics program finished the season ranked 17th in the final polls, according to Troester.com. The ranking comes as the highest in the final polls for the Wolfpack since 1999 in which the team finished 13th.
"Finishing among the top 20 is a big step for us, we've been flirting with it for a few years now. it will help us in recruiting because athletes will see that we are having success," said Wolfpack head coach Mark Stevenson.
The Wolfpack enjoyed a season full of success, including signature wins over then-No. 10 Penn State at the Sweetheart Invitational and the NCAA Regional. State capped off the season by receiving its tenth consecutive NCAA championship selection, and went on to finish third at the regional, just tenths shy of qualifying for the National Championships.
"One of the big parts of our success was the level and attitude of the athletes in the gym, their drive to be a team and very oriented, led to the teams' success," said coach Stevenson. "It's the best i've seen a team in quite some time here at NC Sate."
NC State finished the regular season with a record of 12-5, including a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.870, which is used for seeding. The Pack also finished with a National Qualifying Score (NQS) of 391.845. The NQS is the sum of a team's regional meet finish and the teams' final RQS.
"The focus of the athletes to make their routines really contributed to our success this season," said Stevenson. "One of their goals they set at the beginning of the season was to have 85% of their meets with no falls counting towards the teams' score. It was surprising to me, that they saw themselves at that level and not only did they see themselves at that level they achieved it. They went over 85% of their competitions not counting a fall and that's the best we have ever done here at NC State."
The Wolfpack achieved their highest team score since 2004 against Penn State at the Sweetheart Invitational, scoring a 196.775. The score would serve as the Pack's highest score of the season as well.
NC State racked up on the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Awards having thirteen gymnasts selected to the EAGL All-Academic Team, six selected to the All-EAGL First-team, and seven selected to the All-EAGL second team. After a great showing at the 2012 EAGL Championship, five gymnasts were named to the EAGL First-Team All-Tournament and seven were named to the EAGL Second-Team All-Tournament.
"The younger gymnasts on the team have seen and watched what success can do for you and how good it feels. They know what it took for the seniors that are leaving to put the team in a position of success and how they got there, so hopefully they will continue to pass it down," Stevenson said.
In addition to all of the other accolades, the Pack also ranked 12th nationally for average home attendance with approximately 2,026 fans at every meet. The Sweetheart Invitational served as this season's high in attendance with around 3,211 fans in attendance.
"It's awesome to have a lot of fans in the crowd. We have a really great group of followers here in Raleigh. College gymnastics is much different from olympic gymnastics where fans have to be quiet, college gymnastics is screaming and yelling and being a fan just like going to any other sporting event," said Stevenson.