Record-Courier staff report
Kent State senior gymnastics standout Marie Case began competition at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Birmingham, Ala., as part of the second session of two.
Case (Erie, Pa.) was the sixth Golden Flashes gymnast in school history to advance to the NCAA finals in the All-Around competition and first since Christina Lenny in 2009.
Case finished with a score of 39.200, scoring a 9.775 in the uneven bars, 9.8000 on vault, 9.825 on the floor and a 9.800 on the balance beam.
Her score of 39.200 placed her 13th out of 20 competitors in the second session. The session-two leader was Alabama's Kim Jacob, who scored a 39.625. The first session had 12 gymnasts, with the high score coming from Joanna Sampson of Michigan at 39.550.
Case qualified for the NCAA Championships out of the Baton Rouge Regional, which advanced the top two placers from each individual event after the top teams advancing were removed. Case scored a 39.325 to advance (9.900 floor, 9.850 beam, 9.800 vault and 9.775 bars).