DURHAM, N.H.- The newly-crowned EAGL Champion University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team received a bid today to compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional meet to be held on April 12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
UNH, which is ranked 28th in the latest national rankings, will join Arizona State, Michigan, Iowa State, Penn State and Pittsburgh. The top two finishers in the Northeast Regional will advance to the NCAA National Championship to be held on April 24-26 at the University of Nebraska. There is a total of six regional meets and 12 teams will qualify for nationals.
UNH gets its bid coming off the heels of a tremendous victory in the EAGL championship meet in Durham. There, the Wildcats not only broke the UNH record with a highly-impressive team score of 196.750, but also broke the all-time EAGL record of 196.425 set by the University of North Carolina in 2002. Teams defeated by the Wildcats in that meet included the likes of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers and Towson.
UNH has had a long history of advancing to the NCAA regionals under 24th year head coach Gail Goodspeed and is considered one of the strongest gymnastics programs in the Northeast. During her career, UNH has appeared in 21 NCAA regional championship meets and this one will mark the 22nd appearance. The Wildcats went on to win regionals in 1994 and, as a result, advanced to the National Championship meet and finished as the 12th-ranked team in the country, the highest a UNH team has ever finished.
UNH has also had several individuals advance to nationals. That has occurred nine times during Goodspeed's tenure.