LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The No. 11 University of Arkansas gymnastics team (12-13-1, 3-11-1 SEC) travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championships as the 11th-seeded team. This will be the Razorbacks sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship and seventh overall in the 11 year history of the program. The Razorbacks will compete in the Session II Semifinal on Friday, April 19. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CST, in Pauley Pavilion.
“Practice has been going really well for us,” co-head coach René Lyst said. “We had a couple of days off after the regional to recover mentally and physically, which is really good for us, because regionals are always such a tough competition. Training has gone really well, our gymnasts are still getting better, and we are just really excited to get back to competition and get to Los Angeles. ”
The other teams in Arkansas’ semifinal are No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Utah. Semifinal I will feature No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 LSU, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Stanford and No. 16 Illinois.
The Razorbacks start on the vault in rotation one, have a bye before bars in rotation two, bars in rotation three, on the beam in rotation four, have a bye before floor in rotation five and finish up on the floor in rotation six.
The Razorbacks earned their spot in the NCAA Championship by picking up a second-place finish in the Corvallis NCAA Regional while upsetting the host team Oregon State. Arkansas’ 196.950 was a program best score at an NCAA Regional, two weeks ago.
Arkansas will look to reach the Super Six competition for the third time in program history. In order to qualify for the Super Six the Razorbacks will need to finish in the top-three teams from the semifinal. Individual event finals will be selected based on gymnasts’ scores from each semifinal.
“Our session has some traditionally heavy hitters,” Lyst said. “We have the same game plan for all of our meets. We just need to get out there and stay within our bubble and really focus in on what we need to do as a team. We don’t have any really perceived outside pressure on us, which I think is a good thing. Usually at the NCAA Championship meet somebody will make a mistake, just because there is so much outside pressure. We need to have an outstanding performance, stick our dismounts, stick our vaults and hopefully score around a 197.000 to move on to the Super Six.”
Fans can follow along during the meet with live results, interactive blog and sport-specific @RazorbackGYM Twitter page. The NCAA will provide a live stream on its website.