The No. 7 Auburn gymnastics team is officially into the NCAA postseason and will be the No. 2 seed in its own regional held March 30 through April 2 in Neville Arena.
“We’re looking forward to competing in the NCAA Championship and especially looking forward to being at home,” said head coach Jeff Graba. “We already knew we were going to be in the afternoon session with Kentucky so we’ve been preparing for that.”
“We’re just soaking it all in that we’re in postseason and we know it’s go time,” said freshman Sophia Groth. “We’re excited to compete at home and excited to really knock it out at regionals.”
The regional is almost sold out and the remaining tickets can be found at
“You have to be really good this time of year,” Graba said. “This is the national tournament. You don’t make this tournament without earning it and battling through the regular season. Everyone is fully capable of beating everyone else, so we need to be on top of our game.”
The three-day tournament will begin on March 30 with the first round featuring Iowa State and Western Michigan. The winner will advance to the second round on March 31. The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will include the No. 2 seed Tigers, No. 3 seed Kentucky, Georgia and Southern Utah.
The evening session of round two will begin at 7 p.m. CT and will feature No. 1 seed Florida, No. 4 seed Denver and Ohio State as well as the winner of day one.
In addition, individuals from Central Michigan, Kent State, New Hampshire, Long Island and Brown will all compete Thursday.
The top two teams from each second-round session will advance to the Sweet Sixteen at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 2. The top two teams from that session will then advance to the NCAA Championships, April 15 and 16, in Fort Worth, Texas.