The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Regional Selection

Once again, we have been graced with a totally necessary selection show to announce which 19th-36th ranked teams have been distributed into which regional championships (I CAN’T WAIT). It was originally supposed to begin at 3:00 ET but was bumped to 3:30 ET because that’s how we roll in the world of NCAA gymnastics. Fashionably late. Or just late. Without telling anyone.

Here is what we learned:

1) The NCAA really loves an over-dramatic opening montage. Selecting the regionals is like the Olympics x every important moment of your life + a million. Lesson learned.

2) Also, some regionals or whatever.

EVENING SEMIFINAL:

OKLAHOMA REGIONAL:
[1] Oklahoma
[12] Oregon State
[13] Penn State
Southern Utah
Missouri
NC State

AUBURN REGIONAL:
[5] Alabama
[8] Auburn
[17] Minnesota
Iowa
Maryland
George Washington

IOWA STATE:
[4] LSU (“Lymeenis Hall”?)
[9] Nebraska
[16] Denver
Washington
Michigan State
Iowa State

AFTERNOON SEMIFINAL:

WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL:
[2] Florida
[11] Stanford
[14] Illinois
Arkansas
New Hampshire
West Virginia
(Tsikhanovich from Bridgeport is in this regional)

OHIO STATE REGIONAL:
[6] Michigan
[7] UCLA
[18] Arizona
Central Michigan
Kentucky
Ohio State

CAL REGIONAL:
[3] Utah
[10] Georgia
[15] Boise State
Cal
Utah State
BYU

Thoughts:
It’s a pretty straightforward distribution. There are threats in every regional, but that West Virginia one may be the most interesting. Florida, Stanford, Illinois, and Arkansas all together. Stanford is going to have to get on those beam routines. Also, Cal was always going to be the most dangerous of the unseeded hosts. They’ll attempt to sink their claws into Utah, Georgia, and Boise State, and could be a real threat if Georgia is having one of those Georgia beam days.

The semifinals look like they’re pretty well balanced, but Auburn and Nebraska won’t love that setup should they advance to nationals because Oklahoma/LSU/Alabama is a pretty tough trio to break into. If all the regionals seeding go to plan, the second semifinal looks like the one with more upset potential.

I’ll have more thoughts as we get closer. Regionals will take place throughout the day on April 4th.

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