Keeping Up with the Cool GIFs — Regionals Draw Edition

All the teams were yelling out the window

So the NCAA was like

But we were like

But hey

And then the woman said “Lexy Rainier” and “Jordan Chillus”

Meanwhile, #28 Iowa State looked at the draw like

Because they got put in the play-ins instead of #30 NC State

Because we’re still doing play-ins

And NC State went

San Jose State got its sudden death meeting with Stanford

Only 2 AAers were assigned to Oklahoma, so looks like there’s still room for me

Central Michigan’s 196.140 is the highest NQS ever to miss regionals

Penn State missed regionals for the first time ever

Arizona State drew the short straw of an unseeded Arkansas

Maryland got the Michigan/UCLA semifinal

But at least they didn’t bunch all the best teams in the same semifinal this year

Then again, Boise State is going to Oklahoma instead of Washington because of “geography”


2022 Regionals Draw

The regional championship assignments have been announced (on Tuesday this year instead of the usual Monday to give the assigners more time to…[he trailed off]). That means we now know which unseeded teams have been “geographically” placed at which “regional” sites. I put “geographically” in quotes because there’s no actual way to geographically place all the teams at four sites in any way that is map-logical without putting 11 teams in one regional and 5 in another, meaning it’s just a preposterous notion. And I love that for us.

And now, the selection-show-that-could-have-been-an-email has revealed exactly what abomination has been wrought this year. Let’s dissect it as a family.

Format review: The winner of each Wednesday (March 30) play-in joins semifinal #1. The top 2 teams in each regional semifinal on Thursday (March 31) advance to the regional final on Saturday (April 2). The top two teams in the regional final advance to nationals.

Also for review, here are some of our very best pronunciations from the selection show:
Owna Loper
Lexy Rainier
Shania Williams
Mayly O’Keefe
Natalie Woahchich
Jordan Chillus
Emma Mallybuo

In the regional semifinals, the #2-ranked team starts on vault, #3 on bars, #4 on beam, and #1 on floor.


Wednesday play-in
West Virginia v. Arizona

Evening Semifinal
[1] Oklahoma
[16] Arizona State
Play-in Winner

Afternoon Semifinal
[8] Minnesota
[9] Cal
Boise State
Utah State

AA Individuals
Angelica Labat (Illinois State)
Malia Hargrove (Arizona)

Event Individuals
VT – Suki Pfister (Ball State), Alana Laster (Illinois State), Gayla Griswold (Lindenwood)
UB – Alisa Bonsall (Penn State), Alysen Fears (Arizona), Lauren Bridgens (Penn St), Cassidy Rushlow (Penn St)
BB – Sirena Linton (Arizona), Mccaleigh Marr (Penn), Ella Chemotti (E Michigan), Abbie Pierson (West Virginia)
FX – Bella Salcedo (Penn St), Kendra Combs (West Virginia), Jaye Mack (Illinois St), Caroline Herry (Arizona), Abbie Pierson (West Virginia)

**Event individuals include those from play-in teams so that if they happened to be eliminated in the play-in, they can still compete the next day in the hope of advancing to nationals, as individual qualification to nationals is based on the Friday results.

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