AUBURN — No. 12 Auburn gymnastics’ journey back to the Final Four will run through Los Angeles. The Tigers will be the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Gymnastics Los Angeles Regional, which will be hosted by UCLA and held from March 29 to April 1.
The regional will include UCLA, No. 2 seed Utah, the No. 3 Tigers, No. 4 seed Missouri, as well as Washington, Stanford and Southern Utah. The final team included in the regional will be determined by a March 29 first round matchup between Boise State and BYU, with the winner advancing to the evening session of the second round.
“No regional is easy and this one is an especially hard draw,” said head coach Jeff Graba. “UCLA is the top seed and hosting, while Utah has never missed a national championship. Between those two teams as well as a Missouri that has beat us this year, we have our work cut out for us. We need to be on our game and stay in our bubble to be successful.”
Auburn’s postseason begins with the afternoon session of the NCAA Regional second round on March 30. The Tigers will face No. 2 Utah, Southern Utah and Washington, with the top two teams from that session advancing to the regional final scheduled for April 1.
From there, the top two teams from the evening session that includes UCLA, No. 4 Missouri, and Stanford and the winner between BYU-Boise State will advance to the final, with the top two teams from the final and top individual competitor not on the top two teams would advance to the 2023 NCAA Championship, which will take place in Fort Worth.
“I think it’s a big deal that our team has been through a difficult regional already and has made it to the Final Four,” Graba said. “We have to take it one day at a time, stay focused and perform. The postseason is tough, but we know what it takes to advance.”
It all starts for Graba and the Tigers on Thursday, March 30, with the second round. Tickets are already on sale while the broadcast location has yet to be announced.
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