The Utes learned their regional destination today on the NCAA Selection Show.
March 25, 2013
The fields for the NCAA Regional Women's Gymnastics Championships scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 6 were announced this afternoon and Utah drew the Tuscaloosa Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The top two teams from each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, April 19-21.
The Utes will hold four practices this week and two next week (Monday and Tuesday) before departing for Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Apr. 4.
Alabama, winner of the last two NCAA Championships, is the No. 1 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, while the Utes snagged a No. 2 seed. Also in the field, in order of seed, are Denver, Kent State, Brigham Young and Iowa State. Four of the teams are ranked in the top 25: No. 3 Alabama, No. 9 Utah, No. 15 Denver and No. 23 Kent State.
The Tuscaloosa Regional features two of the best gymnastics programs in the country, with Utah capturing 10 national championships (nine NCAA) and Alabama winning six NCAA titles. Utah has qualified for all 31 NCAA Championships to date, while Alabama has made 30 trips. The two schools are tied for most Super Six appearances with 18. All six teams in the Tuscaloosa Regional have qualified out of regionals at least one time. Fifth seed BYU has appeared in eight NCAA Championships, Denver and Iowa State have both three NCAA Championship appearances, and Kent State qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Regional may be pre-ordered starting today through March 29 from the University of Utah ticket office, UtahUtes.com or by calling 801-581-UTIX. Ticket pre-orders will be available for pickup (no shipping fee) from the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office April 2-3 or will be mailed on request for a $15 fee.
Utah's rotation order, as designated by the NCAA is: bye, bars, beam, bye, floor, vault. Rotating with the Utes will be Michigan State at-large all-arounder Lisa Burt.
NCAA Regional Fields*, Saturday, April 6
Tuscaloosa Regional (Alabama, host): 1. Alabama, 2. Utah, 3. Denver, 4. Kent State, 5. Brigham Young, 6. Iowa State
Norman Regional (Oklahoma, host): 1. Oklahoma, 2. Stanford, 3. Penn State, 4. Washington, 5. Iowa, 6. Southern Utah
Gainesville Regional (Florida, host): 1. Florida, 2. Minnesota, 3. Auburn, 4. Maryland, 5. Bridgeport, 6. Pittsburgh
Columbus Regional (Ohio State, host): 1. UCLA, 2. LSU, 3. Arizona, 4. Ohio State, 5. Central Michigan, 6. North Carolina State
Morgantown Regional (West Virginia, host): 1. Michigan, 2. Nebraska, 3. Illinois, 4. Kentucky, 5. West Virginia, 6. North Carolina
*Fields are in order of seeding