Gophers to Host Five at Regional
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships regional selections were announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The 14th-ranked Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will be the third seed in its region as it plays host to No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 11 Illinois, California, Southern Utah, and San Jose State at the Sports Pavilion April 5 at 6 p.m.
Six teams were named to each of the six predetermined host sites, of which Minneapolis was one. The Gophers are hosting a regional for the first time since 2008.
Minnesota will enter the competition with a 2-1 mark against teams that will be competing at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers downed Illinois in its first conference meet of the season at home, 196.225-195.350, Jan. 25 and narrowly edged the Fighting Illini for third place at last week’s Big Ten Championships, 196.675-196.625. Oklahoma handed Minnesota its lone non-conference loss of the season to this point, scoring a 198.150 to win a quad meet at Texas Woman’s. The Maroon and Gold placed second with a 196.275.
The Gophers clinched a share of their second-straight Big Ten regular-season title with a 6-1 conference record and finished third at the Big Ten Championships last Saturday with a score of 196.675. Minnesota is 24-4 overall on the season and is 8-4 against teams ranked in the GymInfo Top 25.
In 2012, Minnesota qualified as a team for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2002 by scoring a 197.100 at the Gainesville, Fla. regional, placing them second. The Gophers then finished fourth in the first semifinal at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles 196.375-point score.