The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team will be the No. 3 seed at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Sooners will compete in the first semifinal on Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m. CT at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Missouri's Rachel Updike will compete in the second session which begins at 5 p.m. CT.
NCAA Championships begin with two semifinals made up of six teams on April 20. The top three teams from each session advance to the NCAA Super Six on Saturday, April 21.
Joining OU in the first semifinal will be No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Utah, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 LSU. The second semifinal will feature No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 12 Ohio State and will commence at 5 p.m. CT.
The Sooners will start on beam during semifinal action. Updike will begin competition on vault and the gymnasts will follow Olympic rotation (vault, bars, beam, floor) with a bye before bars and floor.
Oklahoma advanced to its ninth-straight NCAA Championships after capturing its third-straight regional title at the Champaign Regional Saturday. It is the program's 12th trip to the championships. The Sooners finished third last year behind Alabama and UCLA.
Updike is the eighth Missouri gymnast to punch an individual ticket to the NCAA Championships after earning a 39.350 all-around score at the Fayetteville Regional. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year recorded a 9.900 on floor, tying an MU NCAA Regional individual record.
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.
Semifinal pairings were determined based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS) which was calculated by adding the Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) to the team's score during regional competition. Once the NQS was calculated, teams were ranked based on their NQS from one to 12. The 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 seeded teams were placed in one session, while seeds 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 made up the second group.