Fields Announced for NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regionals
March 23, 2009
The NCAA Gymnastics Committee announced the fields for each of the six 2009 NCAA Region Championships sites Monday. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional site advances to the NCAA Championships, set for April 16-18 in Lincoln, Neb.
The top 18 teams, nationally, based on regional qualifying score (RQS) were paired into the six regions (three per region). Each region site contains one team each from the nation's No. 1-6, No. 7-12, and No. 13-18 ranking positions. The final three spots in each regional were filled from teams ranked 19-36 by RQS. The committee tried to keep those teams within their own region as much as possible.
Six Pac-10 teams will compete in four different Regionals on April 4, including No. 25 ARIZONA, No. 31 ARIZONA STATE, and No. 4 STANFORD (South Central Regional), No. 8 OREGON STATE (Central Regional), No. 7 UCLA (North Central Regional), and No. 33 WASHINGTON (West Regional). In addition, three gymnasts from CALIFORNIA - Avery Gee (floor exercise), Bridgette Glass (uneven bars, alt. for balance beam), and Sophia Hocini (all-around) - were named as individual qualifiers in the West region.
The six regional fields and sites are as follows:
North Central Regional (Iowa City, IA, host Iowa) - No. 6 Florida, No. 7 UCLA, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 20 Denver, No. 23 Iowa State, No. 28 Iowa,
Central Regional (Columbus, OH, host Ohio State State) - No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 22 Kent State, No. 24 Kentucky, No. 26 Michigan State
Northeast Regional (Tuscaloosa, AL, host Alabama) - No. 3 Alabama, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 15 Missouri, No. 32 Central Michigan, No. 35 New Hampshire, No. 35 Maryland
South Central Regional (Fayetteville, AR, host Arkansas) - No. 4 Stanford, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 16 Michigan, No. 25 Arizona, No. 31 Arizona State, No. 27 Southern Utah
Southeast Regional (Raleigh, NC, host North Carolina State) - No. 1 Georgia, No. 12 Penn State, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 21 West Virginia, No. 29 North Carolina State, No. 30 North Carolina
West Region (Seattle, WA, host Washington) - No. 2 Utah, No. 11 Auburn, No. 14 Illinois, No. 19 Boise State, No. 33 Washington, No. 34 San Jose State. Individual qualifiers include California's Avery Gee (floor exercise), Bridgette Glass (uneven bars, alt. on balance beam), Sophia Hocini(all-around).