The University of Minnesota women's gymnastics team has qualified for NCAA Regionals for the 22nd-straight year. The Golden Gophers will compete at the Lincoln Regional on Saturday, April 1 with host Nebraska, LSU, Boise State, Arizona, Iowa State.
Host sites for regionals, along with Lincoln (University of Nebraska), include Fayetteville (University of Arkansas), Gainesville (University of Florida), Urbana-Champaign (University of Illinois), Seattle (University of Washington) and Morgantown (West Virginia University).
In addition to the six teams at the Lincoln Regional, four all-around competitors and two individual event specialists per event from non-qualifying teams will compete.
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 2017 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.
In addition, event title winners will advance to the championships meet for their respective events if they are not a part of a qualifying team, or an all-around qualifier.
The Gophers boast a young team, split with nine newcomers and nine returners. Minnesota is coming off an eighth place finish at the Big Ten Championships, where they scored a 195.175. Ciara Gardner, Hannah Hitchcock and Paige Williams were named to the All-Championships Team. Williams also tied for bronze on vault with a 9.875 in her championships debut.
For more information visit NCAA.com.
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