BYU gymnastics will compete in Seattle on April 1, for NCAA regional competition, the NCAA announced on Monday.
“We’re very excited with our pick. We match up well with a lot of these teams,” BYU head coach Guard Young said. “We can be competitive with most of these teams, if we can put together a good meet.”
The Cougars are one of 36 teams in the nation to make it to one of six regional sites. It is the 26th time in 29 years and eighth-straight time BYU has reached regionals. No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Washington, Utah State and Stanford will also compete in the Seattle regional.
Utah State is a fellow member of the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, and the Cougars and Aggies have already competed against each other three times this season.
“I think having Utah State there will be more of a comfort because it’s a team we’re used to, we know the coaches and gymnasts and we help each other out,” Young said.
Last season, the Cougars finished in sixth place at regionals with a 194.075. During the 2017 campaign, BYU earned a season-high 196.425 against then-ranked No. 17 Iowa. The team also posted top team scores of 49.050 on vault, 49.225 on bars, 49.050 on beam and 49.200 on 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 St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-15, hosted by the University of Missouri, Columbia and the St. Louis Sports Commission. The top-two teams from the Champaign, Fayetteville and Seattle regionals will compete in one of the semifinals, and the top-two teams from the Gainesville, Lincoln and Morgantown regionals will compete in the other semifinal.
The meet begins at 4 p.m. PDT, in Seattle and will be hosted by the University of Washington at the Alaska Airlines Arena.