March 20, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7 University of Michigan women's gymnastics team will make its 27th NCAA appearance, as the NCAA announced Monday (March 20) that the Wolverines will compete at the West Virginia Regional on Saturday, April 1. West Virginia will host the meet at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Wolverines will compete against No. 6 Alabama, No. 18 Southern Utah, No. 20 George Washington, No. 23 West Virginia and No. 31 Kent State. The top two teams at each of the six NCAA Regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championships April 14-15 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
This marks the 26th consecutive year that head coach Bev Plocki has led the Wolverines to an NCAA appearance. They have gone on to advance to the NCAA Championships in 21 of those 26 seasons. Prior to Plocki, the Wolverines only competed in the NCAA Championships one time, winning an NCAA Regional and placing 10th overall in 1982.
This marks the third time Michigan will travel to Morgantown for an NCAA Regional. U-M won the West Virginia Regional in 2013 and place seventh at nationals. The Wolverines took second in the 2010 West Virginia Regional and placed 10th overall that season.
Plocki will return to her alma mater as she graduated from West Virginia with a degree in physical education in 1987. She also competed at Alabama for one season prior to transferring to West Virginia.
The 2017 Michigan team won both the regular-season and Big Ten Championships titles. The Wolverines claimed the 23rd conference title in program history on Saturday (March 18). Four gymnasts won individual Big Ten titles en route to a season-high road score of 197.300.
The Wolverines enter the NCAA Regional with an RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) of 197.135, built on the strength of five straight meets with a 197.000 or higher. The team had a season-high 197.825 vs. Southern Utah on Feb. 26.
Alabama is coming off a third-place finish at the SEC Championships and has an RQS of 197.335. Southern Utah, which lost to Michigan in a dual in Ann Arbor on Feb. 26, placed third at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships. The Thunderbirds have an RQS of 196.380. George Washington sits right behind SUU with an RQS of 196.340 after winning the EAGL championship. West Virginia took third place at the Big 12 Championships and has an RQS of 195.920. Kent State rounds out the teams with an RQS of 195.720 and placed sixth at the MAC Championships.
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