All eight Pac-12 gymnastics teams selected for NCAA championships

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SAN FRANCISCO ­-- All eight Pac­-12 gymnastics teams were selected to advance to the 2019 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships when regional selections were announced Monday by the NCAA. All regionals will take place starting on April 4.

Pac­-12 gymnastics teams will be at four different sites and four Pac-12 teams are seeded in their respective regional. The regional sites include Baton Rouge, La., Ann Arbor, Mich., Athens, Ga., and Corvallis, Ore. at OREGON STATE’s Gill Coliseum.

Pac­-12 Champion and defending NCAA Champion UCLA highlights the Ann Arbor Regional as the nation’s No. 2 overall seed. It will be joined by No. 15 Nebraska, West Virginia, and the winner of Illinois and Central Michigan in Second Round – Session 2.

No. 6 UTAH holds the top seed at the Baton Rouge Regional.  The Utes will be competing against No. 11 Minnesota, BYU, and Arkansas in Session 1.  Session 2 consists of Pac-12’s very own ARIZONA STATE accompanied by No. 3 LSU, No. 14 Auburn, and the winner of George Washington and Lindenwood.

CALIFORNIA claimed the No. 16 seed overall and will compete in Session 2 of the Athens Regional with top-seeded Oklahoma, Maryland, and the winner of NC State and New Hampshire.

The rest of the Pac-12 teams will head to No. 13 Oregon State as the Beavers host the Corvallis Regional at Gill Coliseum.  ARIZONA will take on Iowa in the first round and WASHINGTON will compete against No. 5 Denver, No. 12 Boise State and Southern Utah in Session 1 of the second round. Oregon State will compete against STANFORD, No. 4 Florida, and the winner of Iowa and Arizona in Session 2 of the second round.

The National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships will take place on April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas. The championship will consist of eight teams and four all-around competitors and 16 event specialists. The top two teams and the top all-around competitor (who is not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships. In addition, the top event specialist in each event (not on an advancing team or an all-arounder) advances to the national championship (in that event only).

Last year, UCLA won its seventh NCAA gymnastics championship, ending the evening with an overall score of 198.075.  The championship was decided on the event's final routine, where UCLA redshirt senior Christine Peng-Peng Lee needed to score at least a 9.975 to give UCLA the title. She went a step further, scoring a perfect 10 to secure the program's first title since 2010. 

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