Evans earns All-American honors at NCAA National Championships
ST. LOUIS — Shannon Hortman Evans earned second-team All-American honors at the NCAA National Championships Friday night after scoring a 9.900 on her uneven bars routine.
“It was amazing and incredible just making it here,” Evans said. “I went out on a long stretch and made it my goal to become BYU’s next All-American and train for that and did all I could. I’m so happy to be able to represent BYU and get the team’s name back out here at nationals.”
Evans took seventh place overall as an individual competitor on the uneven bars with a score of 9.900. Rachel Gowey and Amelia Hundley from No. 4 Florida also tied for seventh on the event.
This marks the first time in 14 years since a BYU gymnast has both qualified for nationals and earned All-America honors. The last time was in 2004 when Kari Lords was named to the second team for floor exercise.
“I’m really proud of Shannon,” head coach Guard Young said. “She proved a lot to herself and to the gymnastics community that she deserved to be out here.”
The final six teams will compete tomorrow in the Super Six Championship. Details on how to watch the meet can be found at NCAA.com.
Evans competes tonight at NCAA Nationals
PROVO, Utah — BYU sophomore Shannon Hortman Evans will compete at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championships in St. Louis this Friday and Saturday.
“I am so happy Shannon gets this experience of competing at a National Championships,” head coach Guard Young said. “Shannon has been our rock this season. This is just another great step in her career and for BYU Gymnastics.”
This season alone, Evans has been a strong all-around competitor, leading to her individual bars qualification for nationals. She set career-high scores of 9.950 on bars and floor and shattered her all-around record with a 39.425. After tying for first with a 9.900 on bars at the regional competition, Evans qualified for NCAA National Championships as an individual competitor. This is the first time in 14 years that No. 17 BYU has had an individual qualify.
As part of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, Evans was named a specialist of the week in six out of the 10 weeks of awards. At conference championships, she was named the MRGC All-Around Champion after earning 39.400, while also being a first-team selection on bars and floor with a 9.900 on both events.
Team semifinal and all-around competition will happen in two sessions on Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the final competition on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. ET.
Evans will compete on bars with No. 5 Utah during the third rotation of the second semifinal. Semifinal II is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT). Finals will begin the following day at 7 p.m. ET.
Semifinal I will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Semifinal II and the final competition will be broadcast live on ESPNU. More information can be found on the NCAA website.