After taking second place at the EAGL Championship on March 29, the No. 21 NC State gymnastics team is headed to the NCAA Southeast Regional competition. The Pack will go to Gainesville, Florida on April 12th to take on No. 3 Florida, No. 9 UCLA, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 25 West Virginia, and North Carolina at 7 p.m.
The top two teams, and the top two all-around competitors who are not on advancing teams will advance to the national championships on April 24-26 in Athens, Georgia. Event winners will also advance, but only for that event, and if they are not already part of the qualifying teams or are the top-two all-around gymnasts.
NC State as a team has competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional 19 times in program history. Last year was the last time the team went to the regionals, and the Pack placed 4th. The team's best showing has been 3rd place, with the Wolfpack taking that position four times, the last being in 1999. NC State has only advanced to the championship as a team in 1998 after placing 3rd at regionals when the top-three teams received an automatic berth, and the team finished 11th at the championships.
In 2006, Leigha Hancock took first on floor at the Southeast Regional, and advanced to the championship. She is the only gymnast for NC State to be an event champion at an NCAA regional. The Pack has sent individuals to the championships four times when more than just the event winner advanced.
NC State is currently ranked in the top-30 of all four events, coming in at 15th on floor, 27th on beam, 23rd on bars, and 21st on vault. The Pack will be facing tough competition, as all the teams are ranked in multiple events as well. Florida is 2nd on floor, 3rd on beam, 4th on bars, and 3rd on vault in the nation. UCLA is 16th on floor, 10th on beam, 2nd on bars, and 6th on vault. Nebraska is tied with UCLA on the floor at 16, and is also 12th on beam, 22nd on bars, and 13th on vault. West Virginia, who won the EAGL Championship title this year, is currently 24th on floor, 33rd on beam, 21st on bars, and 22nd on vault. North Carolina is 35th on floor, 29th on beam, 38th on bars, and 33rd on vault.
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