Utah coach Greg Marsden's program is the only one to qualify for all 25 NCAA Championships.
April 9, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -
The University of Utah gymnastics team will compete in the afternoon session of opening round competition at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, April 20 in Corvallis, Ore. Utah will be joined by Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan and Nebraska. The evening session consists of Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida, Oregon State and Iowa State. Three regional winners and three runners-up are in each session. The sessions were determined by the NCAA office in a blind draw Sunday.
Four of the teams from the 2005 NCAA Super Six are in the afternoon session: Utah, Alabama, Michigan and Nebraska. The afternoon features just one team that made last year's finals--Georgia.
Three teams from each session on April 20 will advance to the Super Six team finals on April 21. The individual event finals will be held on April 22. The afternoon session starts at 1 p.m. PDT and the evening session at 7 p.m. on April 20. Both Friday and Saturday's competitions begin at 7 p.m.
Utah drew beam as its first event. The Utes will rotate from beam to a bye, followed by floor, vault, bye and bars.
The Utes are the only team to qualify for all 25 NCAA Championships and for the last 31 national championships, including the AIAW years.
The region qualifiers follow:
Southeast 1. Georgia 197.425 2. Nebraska 196.350
North Central 1. Arizona State 196.675 2. Iowa State 195.725
West 1. Alabama 196.475 2. Oregon State 195.800
South Central 1. Florida 196.375 2. Arkansas 195.400
Central 1. Oklahoma 196.375 2. LSU 195.825
Northeast 1. Michigan 196.000 2. Utah 195.700