Seven Pac-12 teams qualify for NCAA women's gymnastics championships

Melissa J. Perenson

Seven teams from the Pac-12 - headlined by back-to-back conference champion Utah - will continue their quest for a national title this year in the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.

The NCAA announced Monday that Utah, UCLA, Oregon State, Stanford, California, Washington and Arizona will all travel to regional sites to begin their journey toward the Super Six and a national championship.

The Red Rocks of Utah, who earned the 3-seed in this year's championships and clinched their second consecutive Pac-12 championship on Saturday night, will stay on the West Coast and head to the Berkeley regional. They'll be joined there by fellow Pac-12 qualifier California, the regional host, along with Georgia, Boise State, Utah State and BYU.

No. 7 UCLA, the Pac-12's runner-up from this past weekend, was placed in the Columbus regional with Arizona, Michigan, Central Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Stanford, who finished 3rd at the Pac-12 championships, earned itself a trip to the Morgantown regional and will square off with defending co-national champion Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, New Hampshire and West Virginia. Meanwhile, Oregon State will get a crack at the team Florida shared the 2014 crown with - Oklahoma - in the Norman regional along with Penn State, Southern Utah, Missouri and North Carolina State.

Finally, the GymDawgs of Washington are booking tickets to the Ames regional to take on LSU, Nebraska, Denver, Michigan State and Iowa State.

In addition to the team qualifiers, Arizona State's Taylor Allex and Natasha Sundby will travel to the Norman regional to compete in individual events.

Each regional will take place on Saturday, April 4 and two teams from each site will advance to the national semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas on April 17. The annual Super Six, which determines the NCAA champion, will be held April 18.

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