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December 12, 2013

WVU to host Regional Gymnastics Championships

West Virginia University will play host to the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships at the WVU Coliseum.

“West Virginia University has a long and successful history as host of the NCAA Gymnastics Regional Championships,” said Athletic Director Oliver Luck. “These will be our ninth and 10th regionals at the Coliseum, and I know our staff will work very hard to make them a positive experience for the teams coming to Morgantown. Our fans and the community have always supported this event, and we look forward to bringing back some of the nation’s finest gymnastics to the Coliseum.”

“The NCAA Regional Championships have always been a success in Morgantown, and we’re one of the host sites that teams always look forward to traveling to,” said third-year Mountaineer gymnastics coach Jason Butts. “WVU has a lot of experience hosting the regional championships, and I know that we can put on a great event. As a team, we love hosting because it gives us a bonus opportunity to compete in front of our home crowd and our great fans.”

WVU last played host to the six-team meet in 2013, its eighth regional championships, and finished fifth, with No. 1-seed Michigan and No. 3-seed Illinois advancing to the NCAA National Championships.

The WVU Coliseum is nationally recognized as an exciting venue for college gymnastics, and 1,836 fans were in attendance for the 2013 championships. Five of the top-12 WVU Coliseum gymnastics attendance marks have derived from a regional championships, including the program attendance record of 3,492, set at the 1994 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.

The Mountaineers have qualified for 30 NCAA regional championships.    Also hosting regional championships in 2015 are: the University of California, Auburn University, the University of Oklahoma, Iowa State University and Ohio State University. Texas Woman’s University will play host to the 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Also hosting regional championships in 2017 are: the University of Nebraska, the University of Washington, the University of Arkansas, the University Georgia and the University of Illinois. The University of Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission will play host to the 2017 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships at Chaifetz Arena, in St. Louis, Mo.

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