KENT, Ohio - The No. 23 Kent State gymnastics team is headed to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
The Golden Flashes were one of 36 teams selected to the regional field. Alabama is one of six regional sites.
The Golden Flashes finished the regular season 19-4 and went a perfect 6-0 in the MAC. This trip to the NCAA Regionals is the 18th in the schools history.
Head coach Brice Biggin said he feels his team's trip to nationals two years ago helps the current team's confidence.
"The big thing is that they need to believe. If they go in believing that they can do it and that why it's so important to have half the team already been there because they know they can make that meet."
The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who aren't representing an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships April 19 to 21 at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Kent State became the first MAC school to qualify for the NCAA gymnastics championships after finishing second at the Ann Arbor, Mich. regional.
For tickets and information regarding the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, log on to www.NCAA.com/wgymnastics .
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