INDIANAPOLIS-- The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics team has earned a bid as one of six teams competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships to be held at the University of Michigan on April 14. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Crisler Arena.
The Wildcats will be the No. 5 seed at the meet, along with No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Arkansas, No.4 Pittsburgh, and No. 6 Rutgers.
Under 28th year head coach Gail Goodspeed, the Wildcats have earned a bid to the NCAA championships 26 times and she has been named NCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year four times. UNH’s best finish ever came in 1994, when the Wildcats won the NCAA Northeast Regional and advanced to the NCAA National Championships, placing 12th in the nation.
In all, UNH has had nine different gymnasts become NCAA Regional Champions with Amanda Hall accomplishing that feat most recently in 2006 in the floor exercise.
The Wildcats are in what could be considered one of the hardest regions to advance, as Florida is ranked No. 1 nationally and Michigan is ranked 12th, while Arkansas is 13th. Both Pittsburgh and Rutgers are from UNH’s own EAGL Conference.
The teams with the top two scores at the Northeast Regionals will move on to compete at the NCAA National Championships, which are being held at Utah on April 26-28. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or one of the two all-around qualifiers.