March 25, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – The University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics team will have the advantage of familiarity when it competes at the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 6.
The NCAA announced on Monday that No. 12 Minnesota (21-5) will take part in the six-team Gainesville Regional at the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The familiarity comes due to the fact that the Golden Gophers competed in a dual meet at Florida on March 1.
Minnesota will be seeded second in Gainesville. The host Florida Gators are the top seed, with Auburn University third, the University of Maryland fourth, the University of Bridgeport fifth and the University of Pittsburgh sixth.
The Gophers will have a bye before beginning the competition on uneven bars. Florida will start on vault, with Auburn opening with a bye before starting on floor. Minnesota will follow Bridgeport in the rotation, with Florida to follow.
The Gophers clinched a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular season title, and finished third at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 196.775. Minnesota is 10-3 this season against teams ranked among the GymInfo Top 25, which includes a victory against top-ranked Michigan on Jan. 26 in Minneapolis.
The Gophers should feel comfortable at the O’Connell Center, where they scored 197.175 points in their dual meet against the Gators. Florida won the meet by establishing a new school record total of 198.425 points, but UF head coach Rhonda Faehn was impressed by what she saw of Minnesota that night.
“The quality of gymnastics and the level of execution of the Minnesota routines were impressive. They are definitely a team in strong contention for a spot in the NCAA Championships’ 12-team field,” Faehn said. “They showed great quality gymnastics.”
For information about the 2013 Gainesville Regional, visit www.gatorzone.com/gymnastics/tour/ncaa/2013.
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