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:
In the regional semifinals, the #2-ranked team starts on vault, #3 on bars, #4 on beam, and #1 on floor.
West Virginia v. Arizona
 Arizona State
Angelica Labat (Illinois State)
Malia Hargrove (Arizona)
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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