No. 25 Central Michigan Headed to Alabama for NCAA Regionals

Updated 3/23/2011

Story courtesy of Central Michigan Media Relations

Central Michigan gymnastics qualified on Monday for its third-straight NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in program history.

The 25th-ranked Chippewas are the No. 5 seed at the Tuscaloosa Regional, hosted by the University of Alabama. The meet is set for Saturday, April 2, in Coleman Coliseum at 7 p.m.

The other teams at the regional are No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 22 Auburn and Kentucky.

"We are extremely excited about this regional draw and feel it presents us with a tremendous opportunity to qualify for the national championships for the first time in program history," Reighard said. "We competed at Alabama two years ago, so I think we will be pretty comfortable in that environment. We also got a great rotation draw, which is really important at regionals."

Central Michigan finished the season with a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 195.190, the 25th-best score in the nation. The Chippewas were 23-1 overall this year and won their second-straight Mid-American Conference Championship last weekend.

This is the eighth time that CMU has qualified for the regional championships and the first time it has qualified in three-straight seasons. The Chippewas took fourth at the 2009 Northeast Regionals hosted by Alabama and finished fourth at the 2010 Central Regionals hosted by Kentucky.

The top two teams at each regional championship advance to the NCAA National Championships, which are April 14-16 in Cleveland, Ohio.