Cal Selected to NCAA Minneapolis Regional
|NCAA Minneapolis Regional - Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. PT (Sports Pavilion)|
|Rotation||Vault||Bye before UB||Bars||Beam||Bye before FX||Floor|
|I||Minnesota||Oklahoma||Southern Utah||San Jose State||Illinois||California|
|II||California||Minnesota||Oklahoma||Southern Utah||San Jose State||Illinois|
|III||Illinois||California||Minnesota||Oklahoma||Southern Utah||San Jose State|
|IV||San Jose State||Illinois||California||Minnesota||Oklahoma||Southern Utah|
|V||Southern Utah||San Jose State||Illinois||California||Minnesota||Oklahoma|
|VI||Oklahoma||Southern Utah||San Jose State||Illinois||California||Minnesota|
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The California’s women’s gymnastics team has earned its second consecutive NCAA Regional berth and will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the April 5 competition, the NCAA announced Monday. No. 19 Cal will join host and No. 14 Minnesota, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Illinois-Champaign, No. 26 Southern Utah and No. 31 San Jose State. Meet time is set for 4 p.m. PT in Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.
“I think it’s a great placement for us. If we go in and do our job the way we’ve been doing all season, I think we have a great opportunity to pull off an upset there,” said Cal head coach Justin Howell. “Also individually, our athletes have a really good job at qualifying on to NCAA Nationals. I think they have an excellent opportunity if we didn’t advance as a team. Obviously, our No. 1 goal is to qualify as a team, which we have a great opportunity to do.”
This is the second time Cal has been selected to a regional in as many years. Last year, Cal earned its first regional berth as a team since 2007.
The top two teams and top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each of the six regional sites will receive an automatic berth to the national championships, set for April 18-20 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Ala.
The teams at each predetermined regional site were selected based on their regional qualifying scores (RQS). Each site contains three teams from among the nation’s top 18 (based on RQS). The six sites also have one team from each grouping of teams ranked between No. 19-24, 25-30 and 31-36. Seeding determined at the time of regional selections will be maintained throughout the championships. All-around competitors and event specialists are assigned to their respective geographic region.
Cal will begin its competition on floor and continue in Olympic order to vault and then bars before finishing on the balance beam. There will be two bye events for a break in the action, one before floor and one before bars.
“It’s going to be a competitive regional, but considering where we’re ranked this season, I think we have a great chance,” Howell said.
Click here for a complete listing of all the regional sites and competitors.