You already know that the Gym Dogs won the North Central Regional to claim a berth in the N.C.A.A. Championships; now let's take a look at the teams the Red and Black will face when they get to Salt Lake City:
- Alabama emerged victorious from the Central Regional by claiming a 196.7 score to overcome challenges from Iowa State and Oklahoma, each of which earned a 195.925 overall mark. Suzanne Yoculan's squad thumped the archrival Crimson Tide by a 198-196.05 margin earlier in the year.
- The South Central proved to be as tough a neighborhood as its name implies, as host squad Arizona's 196.025 score garnered a third-place finish for the Wildcats behind runner-up Oregon State (196.075) and regional champion Stanford (196.6). The Gym Dogs opened the season with a 197.375-194.6 win over the Cardinal.
- Utah, the only school to have won more national gymnastics championships than Georgia, emerged as the winner of the West Regional by posting the 197.325 that put the Utes past Nebraska with its 196.675 tally. Utah fell to Georgia in Athens in February.
- U.C.L.A. outdueled L.S.U. in the Southeast Regional, as the Bruins edged the Bayou Bengals 195.975-195.95 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of U.C.L.A. legend Jackie Robinson's first major league baseball game. The Red and Black got the better of Louisiana State in Baton Rouge but suffered their only regular-season setback to the Bruins in Los Angeles.
- Finally, in the Northeast Regional, top-ranked Florida overcame host Michigan in Ann Arbor, posting a 197.325 to the Wolverines' 196.05 mark. Georgia beat the Maize and Blue last month and tied Florida in January but fell to the hated Gators at the S.E.C. championship meet.
The battle for the national title will begin in Salt Lake City on April 26 with each of the country's top 10 teams, and all four of the teams that have won N.C.A.A. gymnastics championships in the last quarter-century (Alabama in 1988, 1991, 1996, and 2002; Georgia in 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2005, and 2006; U.C.L.A. in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004; Utah in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1995), represented.