Gym'Backs selected to Iowa City regional

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Monday, March 21, 2016
Arkansas gymnast Braie Speed performs on the bars Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, during the Razorbacks' meet against Auburn at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
Photo by Michael Woods
Arkansas gymnast Braie Speed performs on the bars Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, during the Razorbacks' meet against Auburn at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas has been selected to compete in the Iowa City regional of the 2016 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, the NCAA announced Monday.

The Razorbacks are the No. 13 overall seed and are paired with No. 1-seed Oklahoma, No. 12-seed Nebraska, host-school Iowa, Kent State and Central Michigan.

It will be the second time Arkansas has competed against Oklahoma and Iowa this season.

The Razorbacks defeated the Hawkeyes 195.150-192.475 at the Cancun Classic on Jan. 2 and fell to the then-No. 3 Sooners 197.050-195.900 at Barnhill Arena on Jan. 17.

The top two teams in all six regionals will advance to the semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15. If they win that round, they'll advance to the following day's Super Six.

Arkansas is one of eight SEC programs to make the field of 36, joining 2-seed Florida, 3-seed LSU, 4-seed Alabama, 6-seed Auburn, 10-seed Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri.

The Razorbacks are coming off a program-best 196.500 score at the SEC Championship in North Little Rock, which placed them sixth.

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