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No. 1 Florida starts defense of its national team title April 5 in NCAA Regional competition in University Park, Pa.

Monday March 24, 2014No. 1 Florida at University Park for April 5 NCAA Gymnastics Regional

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No. 1 Florida starts defense of its national team title April 5 in NCAA Regional competition in University Park, Pa.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  – The first step in the defense of its national title begins in the northeast for the No. 1 Florida gymnastics team. The NCAA Gymnastics Committee unveiled the fields for each of the six 2014 NCAA Region Championships sites Monday. The field for the University Park Gymnastics Regional includes No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 15 Penn State, No. 23 New Hampshire, No. 29 Kentucky and No. 36 Maryland. NCAA University Park Regional competition is set for the Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in Rec Hall.  

 

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 18-20 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Ala.

 

Last year, UF won the program’s 13th NCAA Regional title in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center to advance to its 31st NCAA Championships. Florida won its first NCAA title in 2013 at the national championships held in UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

 

Each of the six regions have three teams ranked among the nation’s top 18. 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.

 

Florida is the only team among the University Park Regional field to appear in the 2013 NCAA Championships. Oregon State will be looking to return to the NCAA Championships after missing the 2012 event while Penn State last advanced in 2009. New Hampshire will look for its first NCAA berth since 1994. Kentucky and Maryland have not advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships.

 

Florida will open regional competition during the second rotation on the uneven bars.

 

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. Senior Brittney Harris of Pittsburgh will be paired with the Gators for regional competition.

 

Starting this season, the seeding determined at the time of regional selections will be maintained throughout the championships. Standard bracketing procedures will be followed with teams seeded 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 placed on the left side of the bracket and teams seeded 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 placed on the right side of the bracket. If Alabama advances to the NCAA Championships, the teams in the group that includes the Tide will compete in Friday’s evening semifinal session.

 

2014 NCAA University Park Region Competition Order

 

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

I

Penn State

Florida

Kentucky

Maryland

Oregon State

UNH

II

UNH

Penn State

Florida

Kentucky

Maryland

Oregon State

III

Oregon State

UNH

Penn State

Florida

Kentucky

Maryland

IV

Maryland

Oregon State

UNH

Penn State

Florida

Kentucky

V

Kentucky

Maryland

Oregon State

UNH

Penn State

Florida

VI

Florida

Kentucky

Maryland

Oregon State

UNH

Penn State

 

2014 NCAA Gymnastics Regional Fields (with national rank)

University Park Regional (University Park, Pa.) – April 5 @ 4 p.m. ET

1.

Florida

12.

Oregon State

15.

Penn State

23.

New Hampshire

29.

Kentucky

36.

Maryland

 

Minneapolis Regional (Minneapolis, Minn.) – April 5 @ 6 p.m. CT

2.

Oklahoma

11.

Illinois-Champaign

14.

Minnesota

19.

California

26.

Southern Utah

31.

San Jose State

 

Baton Rouge Regional (Baton Rouge, La.) – April 5 @ 4 p.m. CT

3.

LSU

10.

Stanford

13.

Auburn

21.

Arizona

27.

Kent State

35.

Iowa State

 

 

Seattle Regional (Seattle, Wash.) – April 5 @ 4 p.m. PT

4.

Alabama

9.

Nebraska

16.

Boise State

20.

Denver

25.

BYU

33.

Washington

 

 

Fayetteville Regional (Fayetteville, Ark.) – April 5 @ 4 p.m. CT

5.

Utah

8.

UCLA

17.

Arkansas

24.

Arizona State

30.

Utah State

34.

UC Davis

 

 

Athens Regional (Athens, Ga.) – April 5 @ 4 p.m. ET

6.

Georgia

7.

Michigan

18.

Central Michigan

22.

Ohio State

28.

North Carolina State

32.

Rutgers

 

 

 

 

 

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