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Arizona Headed to NCAA Regional for 28th Consecutive Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 24, 2014

 TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 21 University of Arizona women’s gymnastics team will head to an NCAA Regional for the 28th consecutive year on Saturday, April 5. The Wildcats will travel to LSU for the Baton Rouge Regional in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 4 p.m. CT.

“We’re very proud to have that long of a streak, which is the longest in the department,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “It’s something that we take very seriously.”

“It’s an example of the quality that we’ve tried to put out there for all of these consecutive years,” Ryden added. “We are looking forward to it. The team seems to be peaking at just the right time. We’re anxious to head to LSU and put on our best meet of the year at that occasion.”

With a sixth place finish in the Pac-12 Championship meet, the Wildcats are a fourth-seed pick for Regionals. With that, Arizona will compete against LSU, Stanford, Auburn, Kent State and Iowa State.  

The Wildcats have faced both LSU and Stanford this season.

“There will be no easy road when it comes to who we compete against,” Ryden said. “There’s not supposed to be in the post season. We just need to get rid of those tiny nickel and dime deductions that cost us at the Pac-12 meet and put out 24 clean routines. Basically, we have to do all that we can do to the very best of our ability.”

Arizona currently holds an RQS of 196.160. During the NCAA Regionals both teams and individuals alike will fight to qualify for the next step of the post season. The top two teams and top two all-around competitors from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships. As well, event winners will also advance.

There will be live stats and coverage of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional meet. More information will follow as the meet approaches. For continued coverage of Arizona women’s gymnastics, follow on Twitter @AZGymnastics and

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