The regional championship assignments have been introduced (on Tuesday this 12 months as a substitute of the standard Monday to offer the assigners extra time to…[he trailed off]). Which means we now know which unseeded groups have been “geographically” positioned at which “regional” websites. I put “geographically” in quotes as a result of there’s no precise solution to geographically place all of the groups at 4 websites in any means that’s map-logical with out placing 11 groups in a single regional and 5 in one other, that means it’s only a preposterous notion. And I really like that for us.
And now, the selection-show-that-could-have-been-an-email has revealed precisely what abomination has been wrought this 12 months. Let’s dissect it as a household.
Format evaluation: The winner of every Wednesday (March 30) play-in joins semifinal #1. The highest 2 groups in every regional semifinal on Thursday (March 31) advance to the regional closing on Saturday (April 2). The highest two groups within the regional closing advance to nationals.
Additionally for evaluation, listed below are a few of our easiest pronunciations from the choice present:
Within the regional semifinals, the #2-ranked staff begins on vault, #3 on bars, #4 on beam, and #1 on flooring.
West Virginia v. Arizona
 Arizona State
Angelica Labat (Illinois State)
Malia Hargrove (Arizona)
VT – Suki Pfister (Ball State), Alana Laster (Illinois State), Gayla Griswold (Lindenwood)
UB – Alisa Bonsall (Penn State), Alysen Fears (Arizona), Lauren Bridgens (Penn St), Cassidy Rushlow (Penn St)
BB – Sirena Linton (Arizona), Mccaleigh Marr (Penn), Ella Chemotti (E Michigan), Abbie Pierson (West Virginia)
FX – Bella Salcedo (Penn St), Kendra Combs (West Virginia), Jaye Mack (Illinois St), Caroline Herry (Arizona), Abbie Pierson (West Virginia)
**Occasion people embody these from play-in groups in order that in the event that they occurred to be eradicated within the play-in, they’ll nonetheless compete the subsequent day within the hope of advancing to nationals, as particular person qualification to nationals relies on the Friday outcomes.
Stanford v San Jose State
 Oregon State
 Michigan State
Kyla Bryant (Stanford)
Jada Mazury (San Jose St)
Kyla Kessler (UC Davis)
Lauren Macpherson (San Jose St)
VT – Madison Kirsch (San Jose St), Emma Morgenthaler (Sac St), Kinsey Davis (Nebraska), Anapaula Gutierrez (Stanford), Keana Abraham (UC Davis)
UB – Natalie Hamp (Northern Illinois), Kinsey Davis (Nebraska), Clara Colombo (Nebraska), Jolie Miller (SEMO)
BB – Emma Milne (San Jose), Amber Koeth (Sac State), Brenna Neault (Stanford), Anna Kasizka (SEMO), Kinsey Davis (Nebraska)
FX – Tara Kofmehl (Northern Illinois), Anna Kasiska (SEMO), Megan Ray (UC Davis), Taylor Lawson (Stanford)
Iowa State v Western Michigan
Hannah Demers (Central Michigan)
Payton Murphy (Western Michigan)
Rachel Decavitch (Kent State)
VT – Makayla Maxwell (Iowa State), Kylie Gorgenyi (New Hampshire), Katie Kowalski (Central Michigan) Emilie Hong (Iowa State), Sarah Moravansky (Western Michigan)
UB – Mara Titarsolej (LIU), Mei Li Costa (Brown), Sarah Haxton (Kent State), Kylie Gorgenyi (New Hampshire)
BB – Hailey Lui (New Hampshire), Alyssa Worthington (New Hampshire), Amanda Gruber (Western Michigan)
FX – Maddie Diab (Iowa State), Sierra Demarinis (Central Michigan), Karlie Franz (Kent State), Alyssa Weapons (Kent State)
NC STATE REGIONAL
North Carolina v Towson
Hannah Joyner (Rutgers)
Deja Chambliss (George Washington)
Julia Knower (North Carolina)
VT – Julianna Roland (Temple) Emily Leese (Rutgers), Lali Dekanoidze (North Carolina)
UB – Katie Chamberlain (Pitt), Elizabeth Culton (North Carolina), Kathryn Doran (Bridgeport), Hallie Copperwheat (Pitt)
BB – Elizabeth Culton (North Carolina), Belle Huang (Rutgers), Hallie Copperwheat (Pitt), Jenna Weitz (Towson)
FX – Belle Huang (Rutgers), Brooke Donabedian (Temple), Kendall Whitman (George Washington)
Name this the “we sorry, NC State” 12 months. Following final season, when NC State was put into the play-in meet regardless of having a superior rating to Kent State, which was capable of go straight to the regional semifinal, this season the other has occurred. By rating, NC State needs to be within the play-ins, however as a substitute was positioned instantly into the semifinal at its personal regional (isn’t that handy), bumping the superior-ranked Iowa State right into a play-in meet despite the fact that Iowa State made it into the highest 28. Iowa State, be happy to throw your very warranted match proper now.
I believed we had been imagined to have this resolved?
One the intense aspect, they did resolve the problems of semifinal parity slightly bit this 12 months by placing the #5 and #8 groups in a single semifinal and the #6 and #7 groups within the different semifinal (in earlier years, the #5 and #6 went to 1 semi, and the #7 and #8 went to the opposite semi, which was insane). The unseeded groups appear to have been distributed extra equitably to regionals total, so there have been clearly some changes made after final season’s debacle. However not, you already know, the entire changes.
So now, what will we take into consideration the precise regionals?
-Arkansas getting put in the identical semifinal as Arizona State is a juicy one. That might go both means relying on the day. Boise State going to Oklahoma as a substitute of Washington is an effective instance of how geographical placement isn’t truly a factor and we should always cease pretending it’s.
-Likewise, Ohio State/Denver and Oregon State/Illinois current compelling matchups. Altering which rating of unseeded groups go to which semifinals has helped in that regard.
-The Kentucky-Georgia semifinal is enjoyable as an idea, however then you concentrate on how they’ve truly been performing this 12 months and understand Kentucky is the main favourite there.
-Iowa received a tricky draw. Missouri regarded very dependable at SECs.