LSU headed to NCAA Columbus regional as No. 2 seed
BATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU gymnastics team will compete as the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Columbus (OH) Regional, the NCAA announced Monday.
LSU (15-6) will face No. 1 seed UCLA, No. 3 seed Arizona, No. 4 and host team Ohio State, No. 5 Central Michigan and No. 6 North Carolina State, and the regional will begin at 5 p.m. CT in Ohio State’s St. John Arena on April 6.
Tickets are available at a cost of $10 for an adult, $8 for youth/students, $8 for seniors 62 years and older and $5 for groups of 20 or more. Tickets for fans may be purchased at the St. John Arena Ticket Office, over the phone at 800-745-3000 or at www.NCAA.com/tickets. Groups can order tickets by calling 614-292-0043.
Rotations were predetermined by seeding, so LSU, as the No. 2 seed, will open the meet on the bye before bars and will rotate to bars, beam, bye, floor and end the meet on vault. UCLA will begin on vault, Arizona will start on the bye before floor, Ohio State will open on floor, Central Michigan will begin on bars and NC State will start on beam.
NCAA Regional seeding was based on the final regional qualifying scores (RQS) of the top 36 teams.
LSU checked in at No. 7 in the latest standings released Monday by GymInfo. After scoring a season-high 197.700 at the SEC Championship last week, the Tigers increased their RQS from 197.065 to 197.180, so LSU is the highest-ranked No. 2 seed in the NCAA Regionals.
LSU is ranked No. 1 nationally on vault with a 49.495 RQS, No. 5 on floor at 49.445, No. 11 on bars at 49.260 and No. 12 on beam at 49.145.
Coming off a career night in which she captured the SEC all-around, vault and beam titles at the SEC Championship, Rheagan Courville is No. 7 nationally in the all-around rankings with a 39.555 RQS, No. 5 on vault at 9.940, No. 11 on beam at 9.895 and No. 20 on floor at 9.905.
After winning her second-straight SEC floor title, Lloimincia Hall climbed into a tie with Michigan’s Joanna Sampson for No. 1 on floor with a 9.950 RQS. Freshman Jessica Savona, who also claimed a share of the SEC floor title, checked in at No. 20 in the floor standings with a 9.905 RQS.
Sarie Morrison, who holds 10 bars titles this season, is ranked No. 8 on bars with a stellar 9.915 RQS.
LSU is making its 31st NCAA Regional appearance, and the Tigers are seeking their 24th appearance at the NCAA Championships.
This marks LSU’s second trip in school history to Columbus, Ohio for an NCAA Regional. Competing as the No. 1 seed, the Tigers captured the 2009 NCAA Columbus Regional title with a 196.875, beating No. 2 seed Oregon State who finished with a 196.800.
The top two teams from each regional will receive a berth to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted by UCLA on April 19-21.
NCAA Columbus Regional – Competition Rotation
VAULT BYE BARS BEAM BYE FLOOR
UCLA LSU Central Michigan NC State Arizona Ohio State
Ohio State UCLA LSU C. Michigan NC State Arizona
Arizona Ohio State UCLA LSU C. Michigan NC State
NC State Arizona Ohio State UCLA LSU C. Michigan
C. Michigan NC State Arizona Ohio State UCLA LSU
LSU C. Michigan NC State Arizona Ohio State UCLA
NCAA Regional Championships – Saturday, April 6
Columbus Regional (hosted by Ohio State) – 5 p.m. CT
4. Ohio State
5. Central Michigan
6. North Carolina State
Corvallis Regional (hosted by Oregon State) – 6 p.m. CT
2. Oregon State
4. Boise State
5. Arizona State
Gainesville Regional (hosted by Florida) – 5 p.m. CT
Morgantown Regional (hosted by West Virginia) – 5 p.m. CT
5. West Virginia
6. North Carolina
Norman Regional (hosted by Oklahoma) – 4 p.m. CT
3. Penn State
6. Southern Utah
Tuscaloosa Regional (hosted by Alabama) – 6 p.m. CT
4. Kent State
6. Iowa State