Regional Championships – Schedule and Links

Let’s begin this week’s preparation for regionals with the schedule and links—and a format refresher thrown in for luck. And necessity. Most of the scoring links aren’t a thing yet, but I’ll add them once they are.

Part 1: Play-ins

Competition begins on Thursday with the much-maligned (but also I secretly enjoy them) play-in meets, where the two lowest-ranked teams at each regional site compete to see who gets to join the seven other teams at Actual Regionals, and who is eliminated.

Thursday, April 1
Scores Stream
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Georgia Play-in
[26] NC State vs. [35] Western Michigan
LINK FREE
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – West Virginia Play-in
[33] Penn State vs. [35] West Virginia
LINK ESPN3
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT –  Alabama Play-in
[31] Eastern Michigan vs. [32] Maryland
LINK ESPN3
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT –  Utah Play-in
[30] Temple vs. [34] Arizona
LINK ESPN3

Part 2: Regional Semifinals

After the elimination of one team, the remaining eight teams at each regional site compete in two regional semifinals, both on Friday. The top two teams from each semifinal advance to the next day, while the two losing teams are eliminated, taking us from 32 teams to 16 teams.

Friday, April 2
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT –  Georgia Semifinal #1
[8] Minnesota
[9] Denver
[18] Georgia
[24] Oregon State
LINK ESPN3
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT –  West Virginia Semifinal #1
[5] Cal
[12] BYU
[27] Ohio State
[28] Towson
LINK ESPN3
2:00pm ET/11:00pm PT –  Alabama Semifinal #1
[7] Alabama
[10] Arkansas
[19] Iowa
[20] Iowa State
LINK ESPN3
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT –  Utah Semifinal #1
[6] Utah
[11] Arizona State
[17] Boise State
[21] Southern Utah
LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –  Georgia Semifinal #2
[1] Florida
[16] Illinois
[25] Central Michigan
[26] NC State
LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –  West Virginia Semifinal #2
[4] Michigan
[13] UCLA
[29] Kent State
[35] West Virginia
LINK ESPN3
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT –   Alabama Semifinal #2
[1] Oklahoma
[15] Auburn
[23] Missouri
[32] Maryland
LINK ESPN3
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT –   Utah Semifinal #2
[3] LSU
[14] Kentucky
[22] Utah State
[34] Arizona
LINK ESPN3

The regional semifinal day can get to be a lot (though not nearly as bad as it used to be in the previous format), so I’ve included the half-hourly schedule breakdown with team-by-team rotations if you need to plan which terrifying beam rotations you need to watch at which time.

Friday’s competition also serves to determine which individual qualifiers advance to nationals. On Friday, the top all-around gymnast who doesn’t end up making nationals with a team will nonetheless qualify as an individual, as will the top scorers on each apparatus who are not on an advancing team. (They compete only that particular apparatus at nationals.)

Part 3: Regional Finals

On Saturday, the remaining four teams at each regional site compete in a single session, with the top two teams advancing to nationals and the two losing teams eliminated, taking us from 16 teams down to the eight that make nationals.

Saturday, April 3
Scores Stream
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –   Georgia Regional Final LINK ESPN3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT –   West Virginia Regional Final LINK ESPN3
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT –   Alabama Regional Final LINK ESPN3
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT –   Utah Regional Final LINK ESPN3

22 thoughts on “Regional Championships – Schedule and Links”

  1. Anyone know if we don’t have access to the actual ESPN3 app/site and we livestream in through a 3-party, if that will show the gymnastics broadcasts? I live in Canada :/

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  2. Yes, really interested to know this cause I am in Canada too and have VPN but no cable credentials. I don’t want to miss out!!

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      1. Would you suggest to VPN into the ESPN3 site (is there one?) instead of 3rd party streaming then? Just confused how we’d be able to access different regionals with them all going on simultaneously.

        Thank you SO much!

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  3. Does anyone know why New Hampshire isn’t hosting regionals now? I’m a New Hampshire gal and I was simultaneously looking forward to Regionals being hosted right down the road from me / heartbroken that it happened to be during COVID and I probably wouldn’t be able to go… I can’t find any info about why they made the switch!

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    1. I’m from just over the boarder in Ma so I as well was looking forward to it and buying tickets. They withdrew pretty early on because covid restrictions up here are more strict and I think they knew it would be hard to pull off and may not even be able to have fans. I’m hoping as we move past covid they get a chance to host again soon because I would love to see some of my favorite teams live for a change!

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      1. I figured that was the case. And UNH likely wouldn’t have allowed spectators. Even though it’s probably not “a thing” can UNH have a make-up regionals next year?

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    1. VPN and either someone else’s cable login or a free trial of a streaming service that includes ESPN. The latter probably requires a US credit card. Or wait until the next day and watch on YouTube.

      Speaking as someone living outside the US with all of these not great options to watch. And I’m luckier than most in that I actually have a US credit card and friend’s cable login, although the cable login has not been very successful this season.

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    2. Mathilde, depending on exactly where you are in Europe, you might be able to sign up for a free trial of ESPN player, which gives access to all of the ESPN channels (except maybe ESPN+, I forget). Once you’ve set up a free trial and logged in, look for the ‘full schedule’ as gymnastics isn’t often on the main page.

      I think the free trial might require a credit card but it’s easy to cancel before the first payment is taken.

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  4. Can we discuss how far ahead NC State was in from the other play in teams… It’s almost like someone could have predicted them being a tier ahead. And by someone, I mean anyone who looked at actual rankings…

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  5. I need Arkansas to win because of Jordyn and surviving and eff you to the coward who didn’t face the consequences of abusing her and others.

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