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Arizona to Host 2007 South Central Region Gymnastics Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/16/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona is among a group of six institutions chosen as a host site for the NCAA regional gymnastics championships next spring. The 2007 NCAA South Central Regional gymnastics championships will be held at McKale Center on April 14, 2007.

 

The other sites include the University of Alabama (Central), University of Denver (North Central), University of Michigan (Northeast), West Virginia University (Southeast) and University of California (West).

 

Each regional site is assigned six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event [who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 9.4].The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional receive an automatic berth to the national championships.

 

Arizona has hosted regional competition four times, including as recently as 2004. That year, the Wildcats placed third behind Utah and Florida in the South Central Regional. Previously, Arizona hosted the NCAA Region III Championship in 2000 (fourth place), the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in 1991 (second place) and the NCAA Regional in 1982 (sixth place).

 

The Wildcats, who have advanced to NCAA regional competition in each of the last 20 years, will be automatically placed in the NCAA South Central Regional if the team qualifies.

 

Arizona returns all but one member from the 2006 squad, which placed third at the NCAA North Central Regional in Ames, Iowa, narrowly missing out on advancing to the national championships by 0.325 points.

 

Tickets will go on sale this coming fall, but for more information fans are encouraged to call 621-CATS or (800) 452-CATS.

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