The upcoming NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships at the Arena at Gwinnett Center will have a familiar feeling for five of the 12 teams who qualified this past weekend.
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and LSU competed at the Duluth venue for the recent SEC Championships, so they will be returning for the NCAA meet, hosted April 20-22. It's the first time that the Arena at Gwinnett Center has hosted the NCAA finals.
Joining the five SEC teams in the meet are UCLA, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Oregon State, Stanford and Ohio State. Alabama is the defending national champion after edging UCLA last year.
In addition to the team qualifiers, the following individuals also advanced to the NCAA finals in the all-around — Boise State's Amy Glass, Illinois' Alina Weinstein, Penn State's Sharaya Musser, Michigan's Katie Zurales, Auburn's Bri Guy, Missouri's Rachel Updike, North Carolina's Morgan Evans, Arizona's Aubree Cristello, Washington's Aliza Vaccher, Denver's Moriah Martin and Minnesota's Dusti Russell and Kayla Slechta.
North Carolina State's Rachel Fincham (bars), Southeast Missouri State's Taylor Westrick (beam), Arizona's Katie Matusik (beam), Auburn's Kylie Shields (vault) and Michigan's Joanna Sampson (vault) made the meet in individual events.
The NCAA meet begins Friday April 20 with two semifinal sessions. The first group, at noon, features UCLA, Utah, Stanford, Oklahoma, Nebraska and LSU. The second session, at 6 p.m., includes Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon State, Arkansas and Florida.
The top three teams from each semifinal will compete in the Super Six competition Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m. The top four in each individual event (plus ties) from Friday's semifinals qualify for the individual event championships on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
For event tickets, go to www.ncaa.com/tickets.