Auburn gymnastics is back. The Tigers, who earned a four seed in the Fayetteville Regional meet, will compete for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2017 NCAA Fayetteville Regional gymnastics meet, including television time, live stream options and a general preview of the event.
Auburn gymnastics in NCAA Fayetteville Regional meet time, details
When: Saturday, April 1
Meet time:: 5 p.m. EST
Where: Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
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Auburn gymnastics, NCAA Fayetteville meet preview
Several talented teams have made it to the NCAA regional. Along with No. 21 Auburn, Utah (who’s currently ranked No. 4 overall) earned a No. 1 seed. Denver, California, Central Michigan and host Arkansas are set to compete as well.
Underclassmen will compete in 18 routines as four seniors perform in six other routines. Auburn is gaining its first significant postseason experience with 14 routines coming from athletes who are competing in postseason for the first time.
The Tigers gained momentum at the end of the season, scoring a season-high 196.550 and finishing sixth overall at the SEC Championship. It was the third-highest team total in program history at any SEC meet.
Auburn had six student-athletes earn All-SEC recognition, which set a new program-best total for the Tigers and was also the highest total by any SEC school this year. Senior M.J. Rott, senior Kullen Hlawek and freshman Emma Slappey each earned conference nods on floor.
Freshman Katie Becker will compete in all four rotations, making her fifth start as an all-around competitor for the Tigers. The Boone, N.C., native finished the season by scoring a season-best 38.950 against Alabama and securing the all-around titles against Pittsburgh (38.925).
Jeff Graba’s team has prepared about as well as any group could for the postseason. Auburn had the second-toughest schedule in the country in 2017, according to a poll from RoadtoNationals.com. The Tigers faced teams in 11 meets who were ranked in the top 25 including Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in St. Louis, Missouri (April 14-15) at the conclusion of the meet.