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Arizona's Gymnastics Team Qualifies for the NCAA Regional Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/21/2000
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TUCSON, Ariz.The NCAA announced Monday that the University of Arizona women's gymnastics team qualified for the NCAA Region III Championships. The University of Arizona is the host institution for the regional meet, which will be held in the McKale Center on Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

Arizona (5-16) will square off against fifth-ranked Nebraska (25-5), eighth-ranked Louisiana State (15-4-1), No. 16 Arizona State (16-7), Missouri (8-13) and Illinois-Chicago (12-10). The top-two teams in each of the six regional meets will earn a berth to the NCAA Championships in Boise, Idaho on April 13-15. The all-around and individual event winners will also advance to the championships if they are not members of one of the two qualifying teams in each region.

The UA has competed against Pac-10 rival Arizona State this year, with the Sun Devils topping the Wildcats, 195.800-195.200, on March 10 in the final meet of the regular season. Arizona State finished fourth (195.875) at the Pac-10 Championships last weekend, while Arizona ended the meet in seventh place (192.950).

The Wildcats have qualified for the regional championships every year since 1987, and the UA will look to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in four years. Last year, the Wildcats finished third (193.625) at the regional championships, in Lincoln, Neb., behind Michigan (196.750) and runner-up Nebraska (196.325).

NCAA Region III Championships (listed by seed)
Seed    Team    Regional Qualifying Score
1       Nebraska        	196.675
2       Louisiana State 	196.390 
3       Arizona State   	195.280
4       ARIZONA 		194.395
5       Missouri        	194.185
6       Illinois-Chicago        194.160

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