Wendy Weaver, the finest woman gymnast in Towson State history, will close out her college career this weekend when she competes as an individual qualifier in the 11th annual NCAA championships at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minn.
One of 12 individual all-around qualifiers -- in addition to the all-arounds from the 12 competing teams -- Weaver is seeded fourth. The senior from Newark, Del., advanced through her showing at a regional meet two weeks ago, when she registered 38.725, the third-best total of her career. It left her fourth in the meet behind three entries from regional champion Georgia.
This will be the second NCAA appearance for Weaver, who had to overcome severe foot and shoulder injuries in previous seasons. She placed 19th with a score of 38.275 at Oregon State two years ago. This time, there will be competition tomorrow night, with the top 10 in each of the four disciplines and the all-around moving on to another round of competition Saturday night.