INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA released semifinal assignments and rotation orders for the 2014 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships on Monday morning. The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners are set to compete in Semifinal I on Friday, April 18 at 1 p.m. CT.
The 2014 NCAA Championships will be hosted by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Sports Foundation at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on April 18-20.
In additional to semifinal assignments, the NCAA also released rotation order details. Semifinal rotation orders were decided by a random draw, with Oklahoma starting the afternoon on balance beam. OU's full order will be BEAM, bye, FLOOR, VAULT, bye, BARS. Oregon State individual qualifier Madeline Gardiner will rotate with the Sooners. The full rotation order can be viewed by clicking HERE, or following the link in the top right corner of this release.
Oklahoma won the program's fifth consecutive regional title last weekend in Minneapolis, posting one of the nation's top two regional scores with a 197.725. OU has now advanced to the NCAA Championships 11 years in a row, including all eight years that K.J. Kindler has led the program. The Sooners have notched three top-three finishes in the past four seasons, including an NCAA Runner-Up performance in 2013.
After shifting to a bracket format this season, OU will face advancing teams from the Minneapolis, Athens and Baton Rouge regionals. The Sooners are slated to take on No. 3-seed LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Illinois in the afternoon session, with the top three finishers from afternoon competition advancing to the Super Six team finals.
The evening semifinal will pit No. 1-seed Florida against No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State.
The women’s gymnastics championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team). The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each of the six regionals have advanced to the national championships. In addition, the event winners at each regional also advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.
The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the 2014 Super Six on Saturday, April 19 at 6 p.m. CT. In addition, the top four individuals on each event in Friday's semifinal competition (plus ties) will compete in the individual event finals on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. CT.