NCAA gymnastics regional comes to Fayetteville

Arkansas gymnasts huddle, Friday, January 12, 2024, during a gymnastics meet at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. (Charlie Kaijo/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

The NCAA Fayetteville Regional will commence today at 2 p.m. with a play-in competition between Boise State and BYU at 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.

The Broncos and Cougars are seeded eighth and ninth in the regional, and the winner will funnel into the evening semifinal at 7 p.m. on Thursday which will feature national No. 2 seed LSU, No. 15 seed Minnesota and Oregon State.

No. 7 seed Kentucky, No. 10 seed Arkansas, Arizona and Nebraska will compete in the 1 p.m. semifinal Thursday. The top two teams from each semifinal will compete in the regional final on Saturday at 5 p.m., and the top two teams from that meet will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 18-20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.

Boise State, led by 14th year Coach Tina Beard, enters with a 196.715 national qualifying score, while BYU, led by 10th year Coach Guard Young, is at 196.665.