Gail Goodspeed

DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire women's gymnastics team has earned a bid to the 2005 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and the team will not be traveling far to compete this year as the event will take place at the Whittemore Center in Durham on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats, seeded No. 4 in the Northeast Regional, will be competing against some of the best teams in the nation, including No. 1 seed LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Arkansas and a pair of squads from UNH's own EAGL conference in No. 5 Rutgers and No. 6 Pittsburgh.

The teams that post the two highest scores at the Northeast Regional will move on to compete at the NCAA National Championships that will be held at Auburn University on April 21-23. In all, there are six regional championships taking place around the nation on April 9.

This will mark the 24th consecutive time that 26th-year head coach Gail Goodspeed has led the Wildcats to an NCAA regional championship meet. During the past 23 years, UNH won one regional, in 1994, and finished second three times (1991, 1983 and 1982). Last season UNH finished sixth at the Northeast Regional held at Penn State.

UNH completed the 2005 regular season with a 16-10 overall record and recently finished sixth at the EAGL Championships held at North Carolina State on March 25th. Fans will have an opportunity to see many outstanding gymnats, including junior all-arounder Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.), who was named this year's EAGL Gymnast of the Year.

The teams are selected to the NCAA championships based on regional qualifying scores (RQS) and from those numbers the teams are ranked and placed. LSU was ranked No. 3 in the nation (197.025), Oklahoma was 10th (196.130), Arkansas 15th (195.510), New Hampshire 41st (192.250), Rutgers 51st (192.230) and Pittsburgh 52nd (192.100).

Tickets for the NCAA Northeast Regionals at the University of New Hampshire can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office or by calling (603) 868-7300.

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