Gophers earn trip to NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor

Dane Mizutani

The Minnesota women’s gymnastics team has qualified to compete in an NCAA regional meet for each of the past 17 seasons, and that streak will continue this season. On Monday it was announced the No. 23 Gophers will compete at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 1.

All eight Big Ten schools that compete in women’s gymnastics have been selected to compete in an NCAA Regional. Minnesota ranks fifth out of six teams in the Ann Arbor Regional and will join other Big Ten Competitors in the form of No. 9 and host Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 21 Iowa State. Also competing in the Ann Arbor Regional are No. 4 Stanford and No. 24 Kent State.

Elsewhere, Illinois and Penn State will compete at the Tuscaloosa Regional, and Iowa and Michigan State are competing at the Corvallis Regional.

In total, 36 teams qualified for an NCAA Regional, but only 12 will make it to the NCAA Championships. In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17 teams must finish in the top two spots at each regional meet. In addition to the top two team performances, the top two individual all around competitors who are not members of an advancing team will also earn a trip to the NCAA Championship as individual competitors.

In 1997 and 2002, the Gophers earned a trip to the NCAA Championships and they will be looking to repeat history on April 1 in Ann Arbor.