Spartans qualify for regionals, set to open competition in Seattle on March 31


MSU gymnastics sophomore Baleigh Garcia competes in a meet/Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING, Mich— For the first time since 2016, Michigan State will be headed to regionals.

The No. 12 ranked Spartans, who will be heading to Seattle, are the No. 3 seed in their region behind Utah and Alabama. The regional tournament occurs over four regional sites; four sessions are played over a three-day span. MSU will open regionals against Alabama, BYU and Washington on Thursday, March 31. Utah, Oregon State, Illinois and either Stanford and San Jose State await on the other side of the bracket. Both Stanford and San Jose State open the tournament by squaring off against each other in a play-in dual meet on March 30.

MSU gymnastics freshman Gabrielle Stephen competes in a meet/Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

If the Spartans can finish in the top 2 against Alabama, BYU and Washington, they will advance to the regional finals on April 2 against the top two teams amongst Utah, Oregon State, Illinois and the winner of Stanford and San Jose State. Out of the four finalists, two from each side of the bracket, the top two teams advance to nationals. The national tournament is set to begin on April 14 in Fort Worth, Texas.

It has been a banner year for the Spartans, who finished the regular season with a 13-4 record as well as a 6-3 conference record. Head coach Mike Rowe received Big Ten Coach of the Year honors and all-around Skyla Shulte was named as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Furthermore, the Spartans finished second in the Big Ten championships on March 19. It was their highest-finishing performance as a program since 2006.