With a new postseason format set for 2019, this year’s NCAA gymnastics championship season is bound to deliver a thrilling April of amazing action from the first round of play-in meets to the all new Final Four Team Final at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, April 20th.

The new postseason format features four regional sites hosting competition from Thursday, April 4th through Saturday, April 6th, with the two lowest-ranked teams at each regional site facing off in play-in meets on Thursday, two regionals on Friday with the top two in each advancing to Saturday’s super regional, where the top two teams will punch their tickets to the national championships two weeks from then in Fort Worth.

The 15th-ranked Oregon State Beavers will be hosting the Corvallis Regional where nine teams will be fighting to secure a ticket to Fort Worth, Texas including number four Florida, number five Denver, and number 12 Boise State.  

Corvallis Regional

Teams:

Play-in meet-

Arizona vs. Iowa

Regionals-

Session One:

(5) Denver

(12) Boise State

Washington

Southern Utah

Session Two:

(4) Florida

(15) Oregon State (host)

Stanford

Play-in meet winner

Individuals:

All-around-

Madison Ward-Sessions (Utah State)

Taylor Chan (San Jose State)

Kelley Herbert (UC Davis)

Vault-

Maddi Leydin (Arizona)

Heather Swanson (Arizona)

Bars-

Christina Berg (Arizona)

Ana Salamone (Air Force)

Nicole Chow (Iowa)

Makayla Bullitt (Utah State)

Danielle Spencer-Bearham (Arizona)

Jax Kranitz (Iowa)

Beam-

Sophia Hyderally (Alaska)

Clair Kaji (Iowa)

Autumn DeHarde (Utah State)

Haylie Hendrickson (Arizona)

Alyssa Ito (UC Davis)

Yasmine Yektaparast (UC Davis)

Floor-

Lauren Guerin (Iowa)

Christina Berg (Arizona)

Clair Kaji (Iowa)

Maddi Leydin (Arizona)

Autumn DeHarde (Utah State)

Competition begins on Thursday when the Arizona Wildcats face the Iowa Hawks in the last play-in meet of the day. Both teams capitalize on bars and floor, arguably their strongest events, while they both struggle on beam. With a melt-down on beam at the Pac-12 Championship for Arizona and similar struggles in recent meets for Iowa, it will be interesting to see how these teams, sharing the same strengths and weaknesses, will perform under the extreme pressure of regionals.

Play-in meet winner: Iowa

Lynzee Brown performs on the floor exercise for the Denver Pioneers against the Illinois State Redbirds in Denver, Colorado/Denver Athletics

The first session of regional competition begins on Friday, where Denver is anticipated to punch their ticket into the super regional. However, it is more difficult to distinguish a front-runner among the other three teams: Boise State, Washington, and Southern Utah. While the Boise State Broncos possess the higher ranking, the Washington Huskies have been impressing in recent meets and, with a strong showing, they have the potential to outscore the favored Broncos.  

Regional one qualifiers: Denver, Boise State  

Session two of the day will see the home team, Oregon State, to battle Florida, Stanford, and the winner of the play-in meet for their chance to advance to the super regional. Despite suffering a recent loss to LSU at the SEC Championship, Florida remains the favorite to advance to not only the super regional on Sunday, but also the national championships later this month. With strong all-around competitors like former elite gymnast, Trinity Thomas, along with Alicia Boren and Megan Skaggs, Florida will undoubtedly be the team to beat.  

The true match-up will be between the host Beavers and the Stanford Cardinal. Oregon State, however, recently defeated the Cardinal at the Pac 12 Championship and will be looking to bring this momentum to regionals and use the energy of the home-crowd to their advantage.  

Regional two qualifiers: Florida, Oregon State

Trinity Thomas performs on the floor exercise for the Florida Gators at the SEC Gymnastics Championship in New Orleans, Louisiana/Erin Long

The thrilling battle for number-one in the super regional between fourth-ranked Florida and fifth-ranked Denver is the most highly anticipated matchup of the Corvallis Regional. With strong performances from both teams it is likely that both teams will manage to outscore the opposing teams, however, it is unclear which team will end up on top heading into the national championships. Comparing recent meets, Florida has primarily outscored Denver with scores in the 198 range, while Denver has tallied consistent 197s. If Denver manages to compete to the best of their ability, however, they have the potential to come out on top.

Advancing to nationals: Florida, Denver

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