March 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State gymnastics has been selected for its seventh-straight NCAA Regional appearance and will compete in the Auburn, Ala. Region on April 7 at 6 p.m. ET. MSU is among the 36 schools selected to compete at the annual regionals and enters the Auburn Region as the No. 6-seed. This marks the Spartans' 15th overall appearance in an NCAA Regional.
Michigan State is currently tied with UIC for 32nd in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 194.940. Last week, MSU traveled to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Championships and scored a 194.675. The Spartans were led by sophomore Sarena Bumbarger, who earned seventh overall with a 9.800 on the balance beam. Redshirt sophomore Taira Neal was once again the top Spartan on the vault with a 9.850 mark. Neal was also selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team after posting a 9.900 RQS and winning the event nine times this season.
All eight Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Regionals and the Spartans will be joined by Michigan in Auburn. Georgia, Oregon State, Auburn and West Virginia were also chosen to participate in the Auburn Regional.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event (who has a minimum RQS of 9.4) were named to each of the six predetermined host sites.
The top-18 teams are seeded on a national basis, based on RQS. Teams 19-36 are organized into three pods (19-24, 25-30 and 31-36) and placed geographically at one of the six sites, beginning with teams 19-24 followed by teams 25-30 and then finally teams 31-36. All-around competitors and event specialists are assigned to their respective geographic region or the designated site for their region (Northeast -- North Carolina State; Southeast -- Arkansas).
Click here to see all regional selections and to view the regional rotation order.