Gymnastics earns ninth consecutive bid to NCAA Regionals

The Central Michigan gymnastics team will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on April 1.

This is the ninth consecutive year the Chippewas have earned a spot in regionals. CMU will compete against No. 4 Utah, No. 9 Denver, No. 16 California, Auburn and the host team Arkansas.

"We're certainly where we want to be," said head coach Jerry Reighard. "We've got a few refinements (to make)." 

The Chippewas are coming off a third-place finish in the MAC Championships over the weekend with a score of 196.1. CMU has scored a 196 or higher in the last three meets of the season.

The Chippewas rank 26th nationally in vault, 30th in uneven bars, 32nd in balance beam and 36th in the floor routine. 

"We've got some kids that are hungry," Reighard said. "With two weeks (to prepare) we'll be a different team." 

Eastern Michigan and Kent State also received bids to NCAA regionals with EMU competing in Champaign, Illinois and Kent State competing in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The top two teams from the six regionals will advance to the semifinals and the top six teams from the semifinals will move on to the finals. The semifinals and finals will be held April 14-15 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Last season CMU finished fifth out of six teams at the Iowa City regional.