Pomeroy''s perfection carries her to NCAAs

Pomeroy''s perfection carries her to NCAAs

TUCSON, Ariz. – Illinois freshman Cara Pomeroy picked a perfect time to record the first 10.0 in school history.

Pomeroy''s perfect score on the uneven bars at Saturday''s South Central Regional Championships qualified her for the NCAA Championships. She and junior teammate Ashley Williams, who qualified with an all-around total of 39.275, will compete at the national meet April 15-17 in Los Angeles.

The Illini posted a score of 195.400 to take fifth place at the regional meet.

Pomeroy and Williams led the Illini to a school-record uneven bars score of 49.475, shattering the old mark of 49.225 set in 2001. Complementing Pomeroy''s 10.0 was a 9.925 by Williams and scores of 9.850 by Lauren Newcomb, Danye Botterman and Kara Kapernekas. The scores were career highs for Newcomb and Botterman.

Along with a 9.925 on the bars, Williams scored a 9.800 on vault, a 9.825 on balance beam and a 9.725 in the floor exercise for an all-around score that was good for seventh place. However, it was the second-highest score among teams that did not qualify (Utah and Florida), securing her spot at nationals.

In their first regional appearance since 1999, the Illini''s total tied the second-best road score in school history.