Seven Pac-12 Gymnastics Teams Selected for NCAA Championships
SAN FRANCISCO - Seven of eight Pac-12 gymnastics teams were selected to advance to the 2018 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships when regional selections were announced Monday by the NCAA. All regionals take place on Saturday, April 7.
Pac-12 gymnastics teams will be at four different sites and six are among the top three seeds in their respective regional. The regional sites include Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Min., Raleigh, N.C., Salt Lake City, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and University Park, Pa.
Pac-12 Champion UCLA highlights the Columbus Regional as the nation’s No. 3 overall seed. It will be joined by No. 10 Arkansas, No. 15 Boise State, host and No. 25-ranked Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Kent State.
No. 4 UTAH is set to host the Salt Lake City Regional and is the only Pac-12 team to serve as a host this year. Pac-12 peers No. 9 CALIFORNIA and STANFORD join the Utes in Salt Lake, as will No. 16 Auburn, No. 21 BYU, and Southern Utah.
WASHINGTON claimed the No. 8 seed overall and highlights the University Park Regional hosted by Penn State. The Huskies are joined by No. 17 ARIZONA STATE, as well as No. 5 Florida, West Virginia, and New Hampshire.
No. 14 ranked OREGON STATE is the lone Pac-12 team competing at the Raleigh Regional. No. 2 LSU, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 19 George Washington, host and No. 20-ranked NC State and Maryland will also compete in Raleigh.
In addition to the seven Pac-12 teams that qualified, ARIZONA’s Madison Cindric qualified to be an all-around competitor in the Tuscaloosa Regional. She will be joined in Alabama by teammate Christina Berg, who will compete on beam.
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional receive an automatic berth to the national championships in St. Louis, Mo., April 20-21, hosted by the University of Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission. The top two teams from the Columbus, Raleigh and Tuscaloosa regionals compete in the first semifinal, and the top two teams from the Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and University Park regionals compete in the second semifinal. In addition, the event winners at each regional site advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
For tickets and information regarding the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, log on to NCAA.com/wgymnastics.