Fifty percent of conference teams will be represented in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in St. Louis, Mo. on April 14 and 15. Oklahoma moved on after earning its eighth straight regional crown on Saturday while Denver advanced for the first time since 2008. In addition, two all-around competitors, Haylee Young (Iowa State) and Zaakira Muhammad (West Virginia) qualified for individual competition.
The Sooners notched the highest score of the championship thus far (198.075) and snagged at least a share of four individual titles on their way to earning first place in the Seattle Regional. Joining Oklahoma in Semifinal I is Washington, who notched a 196.550 mark.
Denver won a share of three event titles, which led to a 197.050 performance, good for second in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Denver advances with Utah (197.150) and records its first championships appearance as a member of the Big 12.
WVU’s Muhammad will compete alongside Alabama and is the top all-around qualifier, having scored 39.325 with her fourth-place finish at the NCAA Morgantown Regional. ISU's Young qualified as an all-around competitor at the Lincoln Regional. Young's 39.175 in the all-around at the competition earned her one of two all-around slots in the National Championship.
The women’s gymnastics championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors who are not on a qualifying team. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each of the six regionals advanced to the national championships. In addition, the event winners at each regional also advanced to the national championships in their specific event if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
Team semifinal and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions Friday, April 14, at Noon and 7 p.m. CT. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to Super Six competition on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. CT. Semifinal I will be broadcast live on ESPN2 while Semifinal II and Super Six competition will be broadcast live on ESPNU.