LSU gymnastics excited for Washington regional
POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 9:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 9:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — As they gathered around the big screen, the LSU gymnastics team waited for their name to be called on the NCAA selection show.
Last but not least, LSU appeared on the screen when the final regional site was announced.
“We are a great team. I knew we were going to make it. It was just a matter as of where we were going,” senior Ashley Lee said at the watch party Monday afternoon in the Lawton room.
The ladies are headed to the Washington regional as a two-seed. It’s a place that is far away in distance, but close to the Tigers in competition.
“We've competed in Seattle. We know what to expect going there. We had a good meet in Washington so I think this will be a great regional for us. I don't want to go and make it to nationals. I want to go and win,” Lee said.
"We have gotten used to the equipment and the purple and gold colors. It’s like home court advantage for us. It's something we have familiarized ourselves with and we can take with us to give us an advantage over the other teams,” freshman all-around gymnast Lloimincia Hall added.
If the LSU-Alabama rivalry wasn't already big enough, it carries on as the Crimson Tide grabbed the top seed at the regional.
Hall, just a freshman, embraces being a part of that duel. "LSU-Alabama is a great rivalry in every sport. It’s a blessing to be part of that rivalry and to have such great athletes on both teams and to go head to head in whatever sport it is.”
"We've competed against them many times. We were right behind them in the SEC meet so I think that was very encouraging. We had a few mistakes and we were really close to them," Lee said.
Seeing LSU on the screen was exciting for the team, but they hope that's just the beginning of a successful postseason run.
"Hearing our name is not something that we are going to just sit on. Being able to succeed, that is something that we will strive for,” Hall said.
The top two teams in each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships.
NCAA REGIONALS BREAKDOWN
Seattle Regional (Washington, host)
6. Central Michigan
Auburn Regional (Auburn, host)
2. Oregon State
5. West Virginia
6. Michigan State
Champaign Regional (Illinois, host)
Fayetteville Regional (Arkansas, host)
3. Boise State
5. New Hampshire
Raleigh Regional (North Carolina State, host)
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. North Carolina State
5. Kent State
6. North Carolina
Salt Lake City Regional (Utah, host)
4. Iowa State
5. Arizona State
6. San Jose State
GymInfo Top 25 Rankings
March 26, 2012
Rank, Team, Regional Qualifying Score (RQS)
1. Florida 197.445
2. Oklahoma 197.360
3. UCLA 197.270
4. Alabama 197.245
5. Nebraska 197.030
6. Georgia 196.995
7. Oregon State 196.760
8. Utah 196.705
9. LSU 196.570
10. Arkansas 196.545
11. Stanford 196.410
12. Ohio State 196.245
13. Penn State 196.230
14. Denver 196.090
15. Boise State 196.055
16. Arizona 196.020
17. Minnesota 195.985
18. Auburn 195.965
19. Missouri 195.925
20. North Carolina State 195.870
21. Michigan 195.825
22. Illinois 195.695
23. Washington 195.595
t24. Kentucky 195.490
t24. Iowa State 195.490