Tuesday, 22 March 2016 16:51

UCLA To Compete At NCAA Gymnastics Regionals in Utah

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

UCLA GYM UWUCLA To Compete At NCAA Gymnastics Regionals in Utah

The eighth-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete at the NCAA Salt Lake Regional. The meet will take place at the Huntsman Center on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 6pm MT/5pm PT. Joining the Bruins in the Regional will be fifth-ranked Utah, 17th-ranked Washington, 23rd-ranked Southern Utah, 29th-ranked Illinois, and 32nd-ranked Utah State.

Qualifying as individual all-arounders are Sacramento State's Kalliah McCartney and Lauren Rice, Seattle Pacific's Maria Hundley, and Alaska-Anchorage's M'rcy Matsunami. Rice will rotate with UCLA. Individual event specialists are Julia Konner of Sacramento State (vault), Katy Nogaki of UC Davis (vault and beam), Alexis Brown of UC Davis (bars), Cassie Benning of Sacramento State (bars and floor), and Stephanie Stamates of UC Davis (beam and floor).

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16. In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.

The Bruins will begin the regional meet on balance beam and have a bye in rotation two. Their competition will resume in rotation three on floor exercise, then vault, another bye and wrapping up on uneven bars. Utah State begins on vault, Utah starts on a bye before bars, Illinois begins on bars, Southern Utah is on a bye before floor, and Washington begins on floor.

This is the second time in three years that UCLA will be competing at a Regional with Utah. The two teams advanced together out of the Fayetteville Regional in 2014. The Bruins won the Columbus Regional in 2015. 

UCLA has won a total of 21 NCAA Regional titles. The Bruins enter this year's regional with a RQS of 197.055 and a season average of 196.782. UCLA won the Pac-12 Championship in its last meet on Mar. 19, scoring 197.250, its second-highest score of the season.

The six regional fields and sites are as follows:

Ann Arbor Regional (at Michigan), 6 pm ET: No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Michigan, No. 18 Stanford, No. 24 Eastern Michigan, No. 25 Penn State, No. 33 New Hampshire

Athens Regional (at Georgia), 4 pm ET: No. 3 LSU, No. 9 Georgia, No. 13T. Oregon State, No. 22 Arizona, No. 27 George Washington, No. 36 Michigan State

Iowa City Regional (at Iowa), 4 pm CT: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13T. Arkansas, No. 19 Iowa, No. 30 Kent State, No. 35 Central Michigan

Minneapolis Regional (at Minnesota), 4 pm CT: No. 2 Florida, No. 11 Denver, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 20 Missouri, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 31 BYU 

Salt Lake City Regional (at Utah), 6 pm MT: No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 17 Washington, No. 23 Southern Utah, No. 29 Illinois, No. 32 Utah State

Tuscaloosa Regional (at Alabama), 4 pm CT: No. 4 Alabama, No. 10 California, No. 15 Boise State, No. 21 Kentucky, No. 26 West Virginia, No. 34 Bowling Green

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