Huskies Set To Face Alabama, Michigan State, BYU In NCAA Regionals
SEATTLE, Wash.—The Washington gymnastics team will go up against Alabama, Michigan State, and BYU on Thursday, March 31 in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Regionals competition. The meet will be hosted by the GymDawgs starting at 1 p.m. PT.
"I'm super excited for the matchup," said head coach Jen Llewellyn. "There are four different conferences being represented, it is really exciting for our student athletes and for the fans. But for us, we are looking at it as just another meet. We know what we are up against, but it is an amazing opportunity to get to see different conferences."
On Wednesday, March 30 Stanford and San Jose State will participate in a play-in dual to determine which team will compete the following day.
The Huskies are in the first session on the 31st, followed by Utah, Oregon State, Illinois, and the dual winner set to compete later that day at 7 p.m. PT.
The top two teams from each session will advance to the final day of regionals on Saturday, April 2. The top two teams from that meet will advance to the National Championships.
After a strong performance at the Pac-12 Championships, the GymDawgs secured an NQS of 196.550, the sixth highest in program history.
"Our biggest goal this year was to get to Regionals and earning that spot," said Llewellyn. "For a lot of our athletes, this is their first time competing in an NCAA Regional Championship. Our goal was to get in and what was so exciting is that we didn't only just get in, we passed it and moved to the top 32 teams and skipped the play-in meet."
The Huskies are looking to finish out the season strong with continued improvement and success they have found thus far.
"My biggest overarching message to them is to just enjoy this moment," said Llewellyn. "Not every team gets to make it to the post season, so I want them to just really enjoy what they are doing and allow themselves to be fully in every moment."
For more information about the 2022 NCAA Regionals in Seattle, visit GoHuskies.com/GYMRegionals22.
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