Gymnastics Receives 11th Consecutive NCAA Regional Selection
March 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The NC State women's gymnastics team received its 11th consecutive selection to compete in the 2013 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, announced Monday by the NCAA. The Wolfpack will compete in the Columbus, Ohio regional hosted by The Ohio State University.
"We're really excited about going to Columbus," said head coach Mark Stevenson. "Ohio State is a great facility and great venue. They were at our place last year and now we get to go there, so we're excited."
Also appearing in the six-team regional will be Arizona, Central Michigan, LSU and UCLA, along with host Ohio State.
Head coach Mark Stevenson, now in his 33rd season, leads the Wolfpack (11-9-1) into the postseason for the 25th time in program history, all of which have come under his direction. Juniors Diahanna Ham and Stephanie Ouellette have paced the Pack this season with 26 and 23 top-three finishes, respectively. The team also boasts the EAGL Rookie of the Year in freshman Michaela Woodford.
The Wolfpack enters the regional with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.350, which ranks 31st in the country. UCLA is the top seed in the regional with a team RQS of 197.200, which ranks as the sixth-best in the country. LSU is right behind the Bruins with a 197.180 for seventh, while Arizona is 18th with a 196.090. Ohio State is 20th at 196.005 and Central Michigan ranks 24th with a 195.810.
"The teams in our regional are very good," Stevenson said. "We really feel like its a strong field, but I think we're a lot better than many people think we are, so I think we're going to surprise some people."
The action will get underway Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in St. John Arena. NC State will begin the meet on balance beam and then have a bye before competing on floor exercise and vault. The Pack will then have another bye followed by competition on the uneven parallel bars to close out the day.
There will be six regionals held across the country and every team will be hoping to finish first or second, which will guarantee a spot in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, April 19-21, at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
The top two all-around competitors, along with the event winners from each regional, will also receive an automatic bid if they are not already on one of the teams that will advance to the championship round.
Last year at the NCAA Regional, NC State finished third with a score of 195.675 behind Florida and Ohio State, narrowly missing a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Four of the eight teams in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) received bids to the NCAA Tournament, including Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and NC State.