March 26, 2012
The third-ranked UCLA Gymnastics team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The meet will take place at Barnhill Arena on Saturday, Apr. 7 at 4 pm CT. Joining the Bruins in the Regional will be 10th-ranked Arkansas, 15th-ranked Boise State, 19th-ranked Missouri, 29th-ranked New Hampshire, and 34th-ranked Maryland.
Qualifying as individual all-arounders are Kacy Catanzaro and Lindsay Poplaski from Towson, Kristin Milardo and Jess Pritchard from William & Mary, and Stephanie Stoicovy from George Washington. Catanzaro will be rotating with UCLA. Individual event qualifiers competing in the regional are Elena Corcoran from George Washington (vault), Kiera Kenney from George Washington (bars), Monique Blount from George Washington (beam), and Avis Hixon from Towson (floor).
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22, hosted by the Gwinnett Center and Georgia Tech. In addition, the event winners at each regional will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or an all-around qualifier.
The Bruins will begin the regional meet on uneven bars then will move to beam, a bye, floor exercise and vault. UCLA will sit out the last rotation on a bye. Missouri begins on vault, Boise State begins on a bye before bars, New Hampshire begins on beam, Arkansas is on a bye before floor, and Maryland begins on floor.
Last season, UCLA won its regional in Athens, Ga. and went on to place second at the NCAA Championships. The Bruins have won a total of 19 NCAA Regional titles, including two in a row. UCLA, which enters this year's regional with a RQS of 197.270 and a season average of 196.889, won the Pac-12 Championship in its last meet on Mar. 24, scoring 197.425, the second-highest score among all conference championships nation-wide.
The six regional fields and sites are as follows:
Auburn Regional (at Auburn), 6 pm CT: Georgia, Oregon State, Auburn, Michigan, West virginia, Michigan State
Champaign Regional (at Illinois), 4 pm CT: Oklahoma, Stanford, Denver, Illinois, Kentucky, Illinois-Chicago
Fayetteville Regional (at Arkansas), 4 pm CT: UCLA, Arkansas, Boise State, Missouri, New Hampshire, Maryland
Raleigh Regional (at North Carolina State), 4 pm ET: Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina State, Kent State, North Carolina
Salt Lake City Regional (at Utah), 6 pm MT: Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State, San Jose State
Seattle Regional (at Washington), 4 pm PT: Alabama, LSU, Arizona, Washington, Iowa, Central Michigan