BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State gymnastics team, ranked 24th in the nation, was selected to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships, the NCAA announced on its selection show, Tuesday morning. The Broncos will head to the Norman, Okla., regional site, March 30-April 2.
The Broncos have qualified for regionals in each of the last 14 seasons. The last time Boise State missed out on the regional competition was in 2007.
Norman is one of four host sites that each send two teams, an all-arounder and four event specialists to the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 14-16. The Broncos will compete in the opening session that also features No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Cal, and No. 25 Utah State.
Boise State finished the regular season with a bars NQS of 49,445, which is tied for seventh in the nation with the Golden Gophers. The NQS also sits is the highest in program history in the event. Emily Muhlenhaupt (tenth-sixth), Emily Lopez (tied-18th) duck Alexis Stokes (tied-27th) each rank in the top 30 nationally for bars. Boise State, Florida and Oklahoma are the only schools with three student-athletes in the top 30 in that event.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
The top 36 teams based on national qualifying score (NQS) are selected for regional competition. The committee will name the top 16 teams and seed them in the bracket. Seeding determined at the time of regional selections will be maintained throughout the championship. Teams 17-36 will then be placed geographically at one of the four regional sites. All host teams will remain home to compete, whether they are a top-16 seed or not.
The top 12 all-around competitors and top 16 event specialists will be selected based on national qualifying scores and will be placed geographically keeping individuals from the same team together. The list of all-arounders and individual event specialists will include individual qualifying scores from the teams competing in the first round to ensure those individuals compete in the individual competition, regardless of whether their teams advance from the first round.
Regional sites will host first round, second round and regional final competition over a three-day period. The first round will consist of two teams, the second round will consist of eight teams and the regional final will consist of four teams. Regional competition consisting of nine teams, three all-around competitors and four individual specialists per event will be conducted in each of four regions to determine the participants in the national championships.
The National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships will take place on April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. The championship will consist of eight teams and four all-around competitors and 16 event specialists. The top two teams and the top all-around competitor (who is not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships. In addition, the top event specialist in each event (not on an advancing team or an all-arounder) advances to the national championship (in that event only).
The team championship will be awarded to the team with the highest cumulative team score, with five scores counting per event. The all-around and individual event champions will be awarded to the individuals with the highest cumulative score during the semifinal competition.