It is officially the post season in NCAA Gymnastics.
For a quick recap of how the post-season works:
During the season, all teams are ranked based on their RQS, the Regionals Qualifying Score. The RQS is calculated based on six top scoring meets, with the highest score of the season thrown out, and at least three meets on the road must be used. UCLA's RQS this year is 197.005 and is ranked 8th overall. Your goal is to make it into at least the top 36 as a team, and ideally you want to be one of the top 6 teams so you're ranked as a top team in the Regional you are assigned.
UCLA was assigned to the Fayetteville Regional, hosted by Arkansas. They will face #5 Utah, the top seed in the region, host #17 Arkansas, #23 Arizona State, Utah State and UC Davis. The Bruins have already faced Utah (1-2) and defeated Arizona State and Utah State. The quick glance at this region says UCLA should advance easily to NCAA Championship weekend. The meet is Saturday, April 5th and starts at 4pm Arkansas time, so 2pm California time.
All-American regular season honors were handed out yesterday, and five Bruins took home hardware. All-Americans in gymnastics are easy - if you're ranked 1-8 on the event, you are a first team All-American. If you are ranked 9-16, you are a second team All-American. This year, the Bruins did not have an all-around gymnast ranked in the top 16.
First Team All-Americans:
Samantha Peszek - Balance Beam (5th overall)
Danusia Francis - Balance Beam (4th overall)
Sydney Sawa - Floor (8th overall rankings, but 6th when you look at how the gymnasts are clustered)
Second Team All-Americans:
Olivia Courtney - Vault (15th overall)
Samantha Peszek - Uneven Bars (12th)
Sophina DeJesus - Uneven Bars (tied for 13th)
This is the ninth All-American honor for Courtney, sixth for Peszek, third for Francis, and second for Sawa and DeJesus.