Three Utah State gymnasts qualify for NCAA Regional Championships

LOGAN, Utah – Three members of Utah State’s gymnastics team qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships to be held in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday, April 5.

Senior Madison Ward-Sessions qualified in the all-around, junior MaKayla Bullitt qualified on bars, and sophomore Autumn DeHarde qualified on both beam and floor.

Ward-Sessions won the individual floor title (9.925) and placed fifth in the all-around (38.800) last weekend at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championships at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. She was the lone gymnast to record a 9.900 or better on floor and her 9.925 on the event was her 21st career floor title to extend the school record she set against No. 2 UCLA.

The native of Rexburg, Idaho, has 38 career titles overall, which is tied for fifth all-time in program history, along with Julie Ryan (1986-88, 1991). Furthermore, she has a team-leading 16 titles this season, which ranks fourth all-time in senior class history, and her seven floor titles on the year are tied for fourth all-time in a single season.

Ward-Sessions, who was tabbed the MRGC co-Floor Specialist of the year and garnered all-league first-team honors on floor and second-team citations on vault and in the all-around, ranks 40th nationally, 11th in the North Central Region and fourth in the MRGC with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 39.250 in the all-around. She is tied for 16th nationally, ranks third regionally and first in the conference with a floor RQS of 9.925.

The 5-foot Ward-Sessions had arguably the best meet of her collegiate career in leading Utah State (season-high 196.075) to a quad-meet sweep over host West Virginia (195.075), Pitt (195.100) and Cornell (193.075) on Feb. 17, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. She won the all-around title with a career-high 39.525 – the highest score by any Aggie in 16 years – which is tied for second all-time in school history.

Additionally, Ward-Sessions’ season floor average of 9.905 currently ranks first all-time in school history and her bars average of 9.798 is tied for fourth.

Ward-Sessions, who is making her fourth appearance at regionals, also captured the beam title with a career-high 9.900 at the WVU quad meet, tied for second on vault (career-high-tying 9.850), tied for second on bars (9.850) and tied for second on floor (9.925).

Ward-Sessions owns two of the top floor scores in school history at an NCAA Regional Championships meet with a 9.925 (Minneapolis, 2018) and 9.825 (Seattle, 2017), which rank first and tied for sixth all-time on the event at a regional meet. She also has one of the best vault scores in school history at a regional meet with a 9.800 (Minneapolis, 4/7/18), which is tied for eighth all-time.

DeHarde, who was the 2018 MRGC Freshman of the Year, earned second-team all-conference accolades on floor this season. She is tied for 86th nationally, tied for 17th regionally and tied for fourth in the league with a 9.870 RQS on the event.

The 4-11 DeHarde, who also qualified for regionals a year ago, is tied for 79th nationally, tied for 17th regionally and tied for eighth in the MRGC with a 9.855 RQS on beam. She ranks second on the team with four titles, including three on beam and one on floor.

DeHarde’s 9.825 average on beam currently ranks second all-time in school history, while her average of 9.841 on floor is eighth.

Bullitt is tied for third on the team with a pair of event titles, both on bars, where she is tied for 93rd nationally, tied for 19th regionally and ranks seventh in the conference with a 9.845 RQS. This is her second-ever appearance at regionals as she owns one of the top vault scores in school history at the NCAA Regional Championships with a 9.800 (Seattle, 2017).

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.