Gymnastics: NCAA Championships Seedings Announced

Fresh off its fourth-straight NCAA Regional title on Saturday, the Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned its official bid to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The championships, hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles, will be held at Pauley Pavilion, April 19-21.

Oklahoma will enter the competition as the No. 2 seed overall and will participate in the second semifinal session on Friday at 8 p.m. CT. The Sooners will compete against No. 3-seed Alabama, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Utah and No. 11 Arkansas.

In the first semifinal, No. 1-seeded Florida will compete along with No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Stanford and No. 12 Illinois at 2 p.m. CT.

This season marks the 10th-straight year Oklahoma has qualified for the NCAA Championships, including all seven seasons under head coach K.J. Kindler. The Sooners were national runners-up in 2010 and took third place in 2011 before finishing No. 7 last season despite a slew of late-season injuries.

The women’s gymnastics championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and individual event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each of the six regionals have advanced to the national championships.

In addition, the event winners at each regional also advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

The process for determining rotation pairings for day one of the team competition at the site of the finals is based on a National Qualifying Score (NQS) calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition.

Once the NQS is calculated, teams are ranked based on the NQS from 1 to 12. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in Group A; and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 placed in Group B. The host team and its corresponding group will compete in the second semifinal.

The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six competition Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. CT. The top four individuals in each event (plus ties) from Friday’s semifinals will compete in the individual-event competition Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. CT.

For more information and tickets to the women’s gymnastics championships, log on to www.NCAA.com/wgymnastics.

/// SoonerSports PR
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