Four Pac-12 women's gymnastics teams advance to NCAA Regional Finals
SAN FRANCISCO - After a record-setting Pac-12 gymnastics that saw all eight teams qualify for the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships for the first time in Conference history, four teams have survived and advanced to their respective regional finals, which set to begin on Saturday April 2 at 2 p.m. PT.
- California survived early struggles to mount a comeback and finish second in the second round.
- Stanford continued to turn heads as its postseason run continues.
- Late surge from Utah helped secure a spot in the Seattle Regional final.
- UCLA posted a season-high road score to place first ahead of the defending NCAA champions.
PAC-12 TEAM NOTES
CALIFORNIA - After early struggles on vault to start off the its second-round quad-meet in fourth-place, the Bears recorded historic scores as they mounted a comeback on the final three rotations to top Boise State (196.560) and Utah State (196.550). In route to their second-place finish, the Bears posted a team score of 197.375, their fourth-best regionals score in school history. On bars, California recored its third-best regionals bar score in school history (49.500) and 11th-best bar score in school history behind Andi Li and Nevaeh DeSouza's 9.925s. The Bears went on to post their second-best regionals beam score (49.400), which was their 10th-best beam score in school history behind Maya Bordas and Andi Li's 9.90s. In the final rotation on floor, California finished with its best score at an NCAA championship event (49.525), which was the fourth-highest score in program history.
STANFORD - In the play-in meet against San Jose State, Stanford earned the final spot in the Seattle Regional after posting its highest regional score (196.425) since 2016. To top that performance, the Cardinal flipped the script to upset both No. 13 Oregon State (197.425) and No. 19 Illinois (197.375) to claim a spot in the regional finals. Stanford's team score of 196.425 was its second-best score at a regional meet in program history and was its highest team score in the regionals since 2008. In three of the four events, Stanford either matched or set season-best scores - bars (49.450), beam (49.350) and vault (49.225). In the process, the Cardinal posted nine individual scores which either set or matched season or career-high marks. Heading into the final rotation and sitting in third place, four of those individual scores came in the final rotation as Stanford's clutch performance earned them a trip to the regional finals. The Cardinal is the only team to make it to the round of 16 from the play-in meets this year. Super senior Kyla Bryant has already locked her individual spot at the national championships after her performance on floor (9.95).
UCLA - UCLA started hot as it took control from the first rotation and never looked back in route to its season-best road score (197.800) to place first in the Raleigh Regional. The Bruins recored the meet's highest event scores on vault (49.400), bars (49.475) and floor (49.625) to advance to the regional finals. Jordan Chiles and Chae Campbell kicked off the first rotation as they both recorded 9.925 vault scores, which tied Chiles' career-high mark. On bars, UCLA tied its season-high (49.475), as four Bruins posted a 9.9 or higher. Chiles performed one of the most difficult uneven bar routines in the country as she posted a 9.925. After a little adversity on beam, the Bruins finished out strong on floor where they posted five scores of 9.900 or higher led by Chiles (9.950), Campbell (9.950) and a career-high from Brooklyn Moors (9.925).
UTAH - Following huge performances on bars and on beam, the Red Rocks survived a tightly-contested meet to advance to the regional finals with a first-place finish. Utah started behind early and fought their way back through the first three rotations. During the third rotation on bars, the Red Rocks moved into first for place after an event score of 49.475, led by Alexia Burch's career-high score (9.95). On beam, Utah closed out the meet with six scores of at least 9.90 and four 9.95s to prove why they are the best team in the country on beam. Burch had herself a night as the super senior posted three 9.95s during the meet to help the Red Rocks advance.
REGIONAL FINALS SCHEDULE
|Saturday, April 2|
|No. 3 Michigan
No. 11 Missouri
No. 14 UCLA
|Raleigh Regional||2 p.m. PT||ESPN+|
|No. 1 Oklahoma
No. 8 Minnesota
No. 9 California
|Norman Regional||3 p.m. PT||ESPN+|
|No. 4 Utah
No. 5 Alabama
No. 12 Michigan
|Seattle Regional||3 p.m. PT||ESPN+|
|No. 2 Florida
No. 7 Auburn
No. 10 Kentucky
No. 15 Denver
|Auburn Regional||3 p.m. PT||ESPN+|
|Teams||NQS||Pac-12 Record||Overall Record|