NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships

Semifinal 1

When: 11 a.m. MDT

Venue: Dickies Arena (14,000 capacity), Fort Worth, Texas


Livestream: WatchESPN

Here are the teams that stand between Utah gymnastics and a national championship

The teams

  • No. 2 Michigan (20-2, 395.900)
  • No. 3 Florida (18-2, 395.644)
  • No. 6 Cal (19-3, 395.363)
  • No. 8 Minnesota (22-4, 394.856)
What’s it like being gymnasts of color at the University of Utah?

The stakes

The top-two teams from the semifinal will advance to the NCAA championship finals on Saturday.

Michigan: The Wolverines haven’t finished the year as one of the country’s six best teams since 2011, which was the last team Michigan competed for a national championship. Two years ago, the Wolverines finished third in their regional, behind UCLA and LSU and ahead of Utah.

Florida: The Gators have been considered the best team in the country all year long, but have shown some vulnerability lately with a third place finish at the SEC championships. Florida last won the national title in 2015 and has yet to compete in the Four on the Floor.

Cal: The Bears are in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, having established themselves as the second best team in the Pac-12. Cal hasn’t competed at nationals since 2018 and hasn’t competed for a national title since 1992.

Minnesota: Like Cal, the Gophers have had one of their best campaigns in recent memory, a season that includes a Big Ten championship. Before this year, Minnesota last qualified for nationals in 2016.

Semifinal 2

When: 4 p.m. MDT

Venue: Dickies Arena


Livestream: WatchESPN

Jaedyn Rucker’s vault in the Salt Lake City Regional final did more than send Utah to nationals

The teams

  • No. 1 Oklahoma (20-2, 396.119)
  • No. 4 LSU ( 15-6, 395.563)
  • No. 5 Utah (23-1, 395.481)
  • No. 7 Alabama (19-3, 395.113)
The Red Rocks are doing things this postseason that no Utah team has done before

The stakes

The top-two teams from the semifinal will advance to the NCAA championship finals on Saturday.

Oklahoma: The Sooners have been the dominant program over the course of the last 10 years, having won four of the last six national championships. Oklahoma showed some vulnerability this season, losing the Big 12 championship to Denver, but enters nationals as arguably the team to beat.

LSU: The Tigers have had an up-and-down season, but are looking to return to the Four on the Floor. In 2019, LSU finished second behind Oklahoma. The Tigers have competed for a national title in six of the last seven years.

Utah: The Red Rocks are looking for their first national title since 1995. Additionally, Utah is looking to qualify for the Four on the Floor for the first time and secure its best finish to a season since 2015, when the Red Rocks finished a close second behind Florida.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide are back at nationals after missing out in 2019. Prior to that, the Crimson Tide had competed at nationals 37 consecutive years. Alabama upset LSU and Florida to win the SEC championship and has steadily improved as the season has progressed.