BATON ROUGE – By winning the NCAA Columbus Regional, the LSU gymnastics team earned a berth in the NCAA Championships for the 24th time in school history, and the Tigers will compete in Semifinal I as the No. 5 overall seed with a 394.455 national qualifying score (NQS), the NCAA announced Sunday.
The NQS is determined by adding a team’s regional qualifying score (RQS) to the score achieved at regional competition. LSU entered the regional with a 197.180 RQS, so the Tigers added the RQS to the 197.275 scored Saturday night to come out with a 394.455 NQS.
LSU (20-6) will compete for a spot in the Super Six against No. 1 seed Florida, No. 4 Georgia, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Stanford and No. 12 Illinois, and Semifinal I will begin at 2 p.m. CT Friday, April 19, inside Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Semifinal II will begin at 8 p.m. on April 19, and it will consist of No. 2 seed Oklahoma, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 and host team UCLA, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Utah and No. 11 Arkansas.
The top three finishers in each semifinal will advance to the Super Six at 6 p.m. on April 20, and LSU is seeking its third appearance in the national title meet. The Tigers qualified to the Super Six in 2008 and 2009.
LSU also learned Sunday the Tigers will open the meet on beam in the first rotation and will move to a bye, floor, vault, bye and bars to end the meet.
LSU will return to practice during the bye week with added confidence after capturing the 12th regional title in school history with the third-highest score in a regional in school history. The Tigers also reached the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2009 season after picking up five victories at the regional, and the No. 5 national seed is the highest since LSU earned the No. 4 seed in 2009.
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Seed, Team, National Qualifying Score (NQS)
1. Florida 396.240
2. Oklahoma 394.945
3. Alabama 394.815
4. Georgia 394.685
5. LSU 394.455
6. UCLA 394.150
7. Michigan 393.960
8. Minnesota 393.715
9. Stanford 393.510
10. Utah 393.505
11. Arkansas 393.385
12. Illinois 392.235
NCAA Semifinal I – Competition Rotation