Cal Selected To NCAA West Virginia Regional
INDIANAPOLIS – The California women's gymnastics team is ranked fifth overall in the final national qualifying score and will begin postseason play at the West Virginia Regional as the No. 2 seed in the region in two weeks.
The Bears found out their fate at the NCAA Regionals selection show on Monday afternoon. The Regionals will take place on April 1-3. The Bears are headed to Morgantown, West Virginia and will compete at the WVU Coliseum. The meet is scheduled to be digitally broadcast on ESPN+.
The Bears begin their championship journey by taking on No. 12 seed BYU as well as Ohio State and Towson on the first day. No. 4 seed Michigan, No. 13 UCLA, Kent State, Penn State and West Virginia are the other teams who are headed to Morgantown.
UCLA is the only team that Cal has faced this year and the Bears have played UCLA twice. Cal defeated the Bruins in a dual meet at Haas Pavilion, 198.050-195.925, and then Cal stormed past UCLA in the final rotation at the Pac-12 Championship to finish second.
Should the Bears advance as one of two teams out of the West Virginia regional they will head to the NCAA National Championship. The Championship is slated for April 16-17 in Fort Worth, Texas and will be broadcast on ABC.
The Bears enter the postseason after the best regular season in program history. Cal posted a score of 197.375 at the Pac-12 Championship this past weekend, the Bears' best-ever score at the conference meet.
This year, Cal set program records on bars, beam, floor and total team scores. The Bears tied an NCAA record that had stood for 17 years on the uneven bars vs. UCLA as they collected a 49.825 mark, .200 better than any other team in the country's top score this year.
Cal also set a program record 198.050 mark in that meet vs. UCLA, .475 higher than any other Pac-12 team's best mark this year and the fourth-best mark in the nation this year. Cal is ranked in the top 10 nationally in all four events and is the top team in the nation on the uneven bars with an NQS of 49.606.
The Bears have been resetting the school record books this year as Cal has posted three of the top seven total scores in program history this year. Cal has also totaled two of the top 11 marks on vault, four of the top eight uneven bars scores, two of the top three beam rotations and three of the top five floor scores during the 2021 season. The Bears went 7-1 in the regular season with an average margin of victory of 197.044-195.434, 1.609 points better than the opposition.
Cal had four gymnasts honored seven times by the Pac-12 conference office for their weekly performances throughout the year. Kyana George won two of those awards and is also amongst six finalists for the AAI Award as the top senior gymnast in the country.
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