The Maryland gymnastics team learned its NCAA fate Monday afternoon and earned a bid to the University Park Regional on April 5 at 4 p.m., as announced by the NCAA. This marks the sixth consecutive season and 20th time overall that the Terps have qualified for NCAA Regional Championships.
The Terps will compete against host No. 15 Penn State, No. 1 Florida, No. 12 Oregon State, EAGL-foe No. 23 New Hampshire and Kentucky at the regional meet. The top two teams at the regional will advance to the national finals in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18-20.
“The team and staff are excited about heading to the University Park regional, we like the teams in our bracket and are ready to get out there and compete with the best,” head coach Brett Nelligan said.
Maryland is coming off a second-place finish at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships last weekend. The Terps totaled a season-best 195.700. The regional championship will give Maryland a final chance to compete against New Hampshire, which won the EAGL Championship with a 196.375. New Hampshire also defeated the Terps in two meets during the regular season.
Maryland surged through the end of its schedule as it posted its top two scores of the season in its last two meets. The Terps also scored at least a 195.425 in three of their last four meets.
Last season, the Terps went to the Gainesville Regional meet where they finished in fourth place with a score of 195.575. Florida, who Maryland will face for a second consecutive year, won the meet with a 198.400. Maryland’s score was its second best in the NCAA Regional Championships. Its best mark and finish came in 2001 when they posted a 195.580 for third place.
The team looks forward to a short trip north and a return to Penn State where they have previously competed in NCAA competition.
“We’ve competed at Penn State for NCAAs in the past, they always do a tremendous job as a host site," Nelligan said.
For a complete listing of the 2014 regional field, visit http://www.ncaa.com/championships/gymnastics-women/nc.