BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team will begin its march toward another NCAA Super Six appearance when the Tigers host the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional as the No. 3 national seed, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Baton Rouge Regional will also feature No. 10 overall seed Stanford, No. 13 Auburn, Arizona, Kent State and Iowa State, and the regional will begin at 4 p.m. CT inside the Maravich Center on April 5.
Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.lsutix.net/, and prices start at $3 for youth, ages 3-12, and $5 for adults in general admission seating. Tickets for reserved seating are $5 for youth and $8 for adults.
This marks LSU’s 30th straight NCAA regional berth and the 32nd overall in school history. It is also the first time the Tigers have hosted a regional since 2008 and the 10th time in program history.
LSU (15-5) is seeking its 13th overall regional title and second in a row after the Tigers captured the 2013 Columbus (OH) Regional crown.
The two teams with the highest scores at the end of the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18-20.
The rotation schedule for the regional competition has already been determined. As the No. 1 seed in the Baton Rouge regional, LSU will start the meet on the bye before bars and rotate to bars, beam, bye, floor and vault.
Stanford will begin on the bye before floor and finish on beam. Auburn will open on vault and end on floor. Arizona will start on floor and end on the bye before floor. Kent State will begin on bars and end on the bye before bars, and Iowa State will open on beam and end on bars.
The latest rankings were also released Monday by GymInfo, and LSU checked in at No. 3 overall with a 197.720 regional qualifying score (RQS). The Tigers are No. 1 on vault at 49.550, No. 5 on bars at 49.430, No. 4 on beam at 49.295 and No. 4 on floor at 49.490.
Florida is No. 1 overall in the team standings, followed by Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Utah and Georgia, and those teams were chosen as the Top 6 overall seeds for the regional competition.
Rheagan Courville is ranked No. 2 nationally in the all-around, No. 7 on vault, No. 13 on bars, No. 9 on beam and No. 11 on floor.
Jessie Jordan is No. 9 in the all-around, No. 16 on vault and No. 6 on beam.
Kaleigh Dickson is No. 15 in the all-around and No. 25 on vault.
In addition to the six teams competing for a spot at the NCAA Championships, nine gymnasts will take part as individual competitors in the Baton Rouge regional.
Michigan State’s Alina Cartwright and Lisa Burt and Bowling Green’s Alyssa Nocella, Gina Locigno and Megan Harrington will compete as individual all-arounders.
Western Michigan’s Jessie Buis and Shelby MacDonald will compete as event specialists on vault and bars, respectively. Eastern Michigan’s Anna Willette and Elena Logoski will compete as event specialists on beam and floor, respectively.
NCAA Regional Championships – Saturday, April 5
Baton Rouge Regional (hosted by LSU) – 4 p.m. CT
1. #3 LSU
2. #10 Stanford
3. #13 Auburn
5. Kent State
6. Iowa State
Athens Regional (hosted by Georgia) – 3 p.m.
1. #6 Georgia
2. #7 Michigan
3. #18 Central Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. North Carolina State
Fayetteville Regional (hosted by Arkansas) – 4 p.m.
1. #5 Utah
2. #8 UCLA
3. #17 Arkansas
4. Arizona State
5. Utah State
6. UC Davis
Minneapolis Regional (hosted by Minnesota) – 6 p.m.
1. #2 Oklahoma
2. #11 Illinois
3. #14 Minnesota
5. Southern Utah
6. San Jose State
Seattle Regional (hosted by Washington) – 6 p.m.
1. #4 Alabama
2. #9 Nebraska
3. #16 Boise State
5. Brigham Young
University Park Regional (hosted by Penn State) – 3 p.m.
1. #1 Florida
2. #12 Oregon State
3. #15 Penn State
4. New Hampshire