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No. 1 Fllorida heads to the Raleigh, N.C., for NCAA Regional competition.

Monday March 26, 2012Top-ranked Gator gymnasts head to Raleigh, N.C., for NCAA Regional

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No. 1 Fllorida heads to the Raleigh, N.C., for NCAA Regional competition.

The No. 1 University of Florida gymnastics team will travel to Raleigh, N.C., to compete as the top seed for the NCAA Regional on Saturday, April 7. Start time is set for 4 p.m. (ET) in North Carolina State’s Reynolds Coliseum. The NCAA Gymnastics Committee announced the fields for each of the six 2012 NCAA Region Championships sites Monday.

 

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each region site advances to the NCAA Championships, set for April 20-22 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Florida competed at The Arena at Gwinnett Center last Saturday, claiming the program’s eighth Southeastern Conference team title.

 

Last year, UF used a runner-up finish at the NCAA North Central Region in Denver, Colo., to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 29th time in the 30-year history of the meet. The Gators took seventh overall in the NCAA Championships.

 

No.12 Ohio State and No. 13 Penn State are the other seeded teams at the Raleigh Regional. No. 20 NC State, No. 26 Kent State and No. 31 North Carolina round out the field for the regional site. NC State is the only team in the field UF has met in 2012 regular season action, as the Gators opened the campaign with a 196.025-194.675 dual meet win in Raleigh.

 

Florida will open regional competition on the uneven bars.

 

The top 18 teams nationally, based on regional qualifying score (RQS), were paired into the six regions (three per region). Each region site contains one team each from the nation’s No. 1-6, No. 7-12, and No. 13-18 ranking positions. The final three spots in each regional were filled from teams ranked 19-36 by RQS. The committee tried to keep those teams within their own region as much as possible.

 

In addition five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual specialist per event advance to each of the six regions. The all-around competitors and event specialists came from within the region. Monica Mesalles Sallares of Bridgeport will be paired with the Gators for regional competition.

 

The National Qualifying Score (NQS) determines the pairings for day one of the team competition at the NCAA Championships. The NQS is calculated by adding a team's RQS and score from the regional meet. Teams will be ranked 1 to 12 based on the NQS. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 will be placed in Group A; and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 placed in Group B. A random draw will be used to determine competition session for Groups A and B for the 2012 NCAA Championships.

 

2012 NCAA Southeast Region Competition Order

 

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

I

NC State

Penn State

Florida

Kent State

Ohio State

UNC

II

UNC

NC State

Penn State

Florida

Kent State

Ohio State

III

Ohio State

UNC

NC State

Penn State

Florida

Kent State

IV

Kent State

Ohio State

UNC

NC State

Penn State

Florida

V

Florida

Kent State

Ohio State

UNC

NC State

Penn State

VI

Penn State

Florida

Kent State

Ohio State

UNC

NC State

 

2012 NCAA Gymnastics Regional Fields (with national rank)

Raleigh Regional (Raleigh, N.C.) – April 7 @ 4 p.m. ET

1.

Florida

12.

Ohio State

13.

Penn State

20.

NC State

26.

Kent State

31.

North Carolina

 

Auburn Regional (Auburn, Ala.) – April 7 @ 6 p.m. CT

6.

Georgia

7.

Oregon State

18.

Auburn

21.

Michigan

27.

West Virginia

T32.

Michigan State

 

Seattle Regional (Seattle, Wash.) – April 7 @ 4 p.m. PT

4.

Alabama

9.

LSU

16.

Arizona

23.

Washington

30.

Iowa

36.

Central Michigan

 

Fayetteville Regional (Fayetteville, Ark.) – April 7 @ 4 p.m. CT

3.

UCLA

10.

Arkansas

15.

Boise State

19.

Missouri

29.

New Hampshire

34.

Maryland

 

Champaign Regional (Champaign, Ill.) – April 7 @ 4 p.m. CT

2.

Oklahoma

11.

Stanford

14.

Denver

22.

Illinois-Champaign

T24.

Kentucky

32.

Illinois-Chicago

 

Salt Lake City Regional (Salt Lake City, Utah.) – April 7 @ 6 p.m. MT

5.

Nebraska

8.

Utah

17.

Minnesota

T24.

Iowa State

28.

Arizona State

35.

San Jose State

 

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