From LSU Sports
BATON ROUGE – The LSU gymnastics team learned they will compete in Semifinal I at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on April 18, the NCAA announced on Monday.
Third-seeded LSU (20-5) will take on five competitors who also advanced from the right side of the bracket. Those teams are No. 2 seed Oklahoma, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Illinois, and Semifinal I is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT on April 18 in BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
The second national semifinal is composed of teams from the left side of the bracket. Semifinal II will begin at 7 p.m. on April 18 and feature No. 1 seed Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State.
The top three teams from each semifinal will compete for the national title in the NCAA Super Six the following night at 6 p.m. on April 19.
LSU will begin the semifinal on the bye before floor and rotate to floor, vault, bye, bars and beam.
Georgia will begin on vault, while Illinois starts on the bye before bars, Michigan opens on bars, Oklahoma begins on beam and Stanford starts on floor.
LSU also climbed to No. 1 in the national rankings with a 396.045 national qualifying score (NQS) in the updated GymInfo standings released Monday. The NQS is determined by adding a team's NCAA regional score to the team's final regional qualifying score (RQS).
LSU posted the nation's highest regional score with a school-record 198.325 that combined with the Tigers' final RQS of 197.720 to earn a 396.045 NQS.
Oklahoma tallied the nation's second-highest regional score with a 197.725 in the Minneapolis Regional to record a 395.500 NQS that ranks second nationally.
Overall, the Southeastern Conference featured seven teams in the rankings with LSU at No. 1, Alabama at No. 3 (395.165), Florida at No. 4 (394.945), Georgia at No. 9 (393.640), Arkansas at No. 15 (392.730), Auburn at No. 20 (391.610) and Kentucky at No. 21 (391.510).
Tickets to the NCAA Championships are available by logging on to www.gymnasticschamps.com.
NCAA Championships Schedule Birmingham, Ala. – BJCC Arena
Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. CT – Semifinal I
No. 2 seed Oklahoma (Minneapolis Regional Winner)
No. 3 LSU (Baton Rouge Regional Winner)
No. 6 Georgia (Athens Regional Runner-Up)
No. 7 Michigan (Athens Regional Winner)
No. 10 Stanford (Baton Rouge Regional Runner-Up)
No. 11 Illinois (Minneapolis Regional Runner-Up)
Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Semifinal II
No. 1 Florida (University Park Regional Winner)
No. 4 Alabama (Seattle Regional Winner)
No. 5 Utah (Fayetteville Regional Winner)
No. 8 UCLA (Fayetteville Regional Runner-Up)
No. 9 Nebraska (Seattle Regional Runner-Up)
No. 15 Penn State (University Park Regional Runner-Up)
Saturday, April 19, 6 p.m. – Super Six
Top three teams from each Semifinal compete for the team national title.
Sunday, April 20, 2 p.m. – Individual Event Finals
Top four individuals in each event (plus ties) from Friday's semifinals compete for national titles on each event.
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