The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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
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