Kent State gymnastics headed to Alabama for NCAA Regional

Record-Courier staff report Published:

The Kent State women's gymnastics team received news on Monday that they would be headed to the University of Alabama on April 6 for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The announcement was made by the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Committee.

The Golden Flashes were selected to the field of 36 teams from a pool of 84 schools that sponsor gymnastics in Divisions I, II and III.

Alabama is one of six regional site, while third-ranked Alabama, No. 9 Utah, No. 15 Denver, BYU and Iowa State will join No. 23 Kent State in Tuscaloosa. The other 30 teams will be split across the other five regional sites.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors -- who aren't representing an advancing team -- from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships April 19-21 at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles.

Additionally, the event winners at each regional site advance to nationals -- only in that specific event -- if they aren't part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

Kent State was the Mid-American Conference's regular-season champion with a perfect 6-0 record in MAC duals. The Golden Flashes finished third at the MAC championship meet last Saturday with a score of 194.775, trailing only co-champions Western Michigan and Central Michigan (194.800).

KSU junior Marie Case was the MAC all-around champion with a 39.250 and was named Co-MAC Gymnast of the Year with Central Michigan's Brittany Petzold.

Kent State senior Rachel Guida was named 2013 MAC Specialist of the Year and was the individual champion on bars with a 9.875.

In 2011, Kent State became the first MAC school to qualify for the NCAA gymnastics championships after finishing second at the Ann Arbor Regional.

-- Staff report

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