Team 49 Selected for Norman, Okla. NCAA Regional
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky gymnastics has been selected as the overall 9-seed for NCAA Regionals, selected to compete at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. March 29-April 2, the NCAA announced on Monday during the 2023 selection show.
The Norman Regional is comprised of host Oklahoma, Ohio State, Ball State, NC State, Illinois, Iowa, and SEC opponents Alabama and Arkansas. In the regular season, the Cats went head-to-head with the Buckeyes, Fighting Illini, Crimson Tide and Razorbacks.
The Wildcats are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships where they posted the program’s highest ever meet score at the championships, 197.675.
UK has rewritten the record books multiple times this season setting new program record meet scores. The Cats recorded a 197.825 against Alabama early in the regular season topping the overall program best. However, Kentucky did not stop there, breaking that record at home against Arkansas scoring a 197.875.
The Wildcats closed out its most-successful regular season to date with a 197.800 overall tally on the road at Illinois. The top mark was the highest road score recorded in program history and third best overall.
In addition to those record breaks, Kentucky has also set new standards on each apparatus with new highs or current best ties. This does not include the numerous individual records that have been set or broken as well.
The top 36 teams, based on the national qualifying score (NQS), were selected for regional competition. The committee named the top 16 teams and seeded them in the bracket. Seeding determined at the time of selections will be maintained through the championship. Teams 17-36 were placed geographically at one of the four regional sites. Nine teams will compete at each of the four sites.
The Los Angeles and Norman regionals will be conducted Wednesday through Saturday, March 29 to April 1. The Denver and Pittsburgh regionals will be conducted Thursday through Saturday, March 30 to April 2.
The two top teams and individuals qualifying out of each regional competition will punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas April 13-15.
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