The Gym'backs continue their postseason action by hosting the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Complete regional selections include 36 teams from around the country. There will be six meets taking place April 5.
Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event will compete in each of the six predetermined host sites.
The host schools are Georgia, LSU, Arkansas, Minnesota, University of Washington and Penn State.
The top-18 teams are seeded nationally, based on Regional Qualifying Scores. Teams 19-36 are organized into three pods (19-24, 25-30 and 31-36) and are placed geographically at one of the six sites, beginning with teams 19-24 followed by teams 25-30 and then finally teams 31-36.
Seeding from the regional selections will be maintained throughout the championships. All-around competitors and event specialists have been assigned to their respective geographic region.
The Razorbacks are the No. 3 seed in the Fayetteville regional. The complete seed order from one to six is: No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 30 Utah State and No. 34 UC-Davis, respectively.
All-around competitors and individual event specialists are coming to Fayetteville from Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State, Illinois State, Missouri and Texas Women’s.
“At this point, it is a brand new season for everybody,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “Our team is excited and focused, we are excited to have three Pac-12 teams in Utah, UCLA and Arizona State come to Fayetteville. We are looking forward to an exciting competition and a great experience.”
Senior All-American Katherine Grable, who is expected to do very well at regionals, is now the No. 3 gymnast overall, based on this week’s RQS rankings. Grable earned the Razorbacks’ highest score in the all-around at the Southeastern Conference Championship with a 39.55. The Razorbacks as a whole also moved to the No. 17 spot in the overall rankings.
In event rankings, the Razorbacks are No. 16 on the vault, 17th on bars, 12th on the beam and 19th on the floor. Individually, Grable stands at the No. 11 spot on the vault, No. 8 on the beam and No. 8 on the floor.
The Razorbacks have Olympic order and will begin on the vault. Utah begins on a bye before bars, Utah State starts on bars, UC Davis begins on the beam and Arizona State starts on floor.
Arkansas’ toughest competition will be Utah and UCLA, both of whom have impressive records at both regionals and the NCAA Championships. The Hogs must upset at least one of them for a chance to compete in the championships.
This will be the first time in seven years that Utah, UCLA and Arkansas will not all make the NCAA Championships, since only two teams qualify from each regional. Utah is the only program in the country to qualify for all 32 NCAA Championships to date, while UCLA has qualified 31 times and Arkansas seven times in the program’s brief 12-year history.
Last season, UCLA, Utah and Arkansas all placed second in their regionals and placed fourth and fifth, and tenth in the National Championship, respectively.
The competition is set up so that the top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.
In addition, the event winners at each regional will also advance to the National Championships (in that event only) if not already part of a qualifying team or are an all-around qualifier.
The meet will begin Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. A free live video stream will be available on arkansasrazorbacks.com.