Champaign to Host 2017 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships
Dec. 11, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The NCAA awarded Champaign and the University of Illinois one of the six host sites for the 2017 Regional Gymnastics Championships, announced the national office Wednesday. The regional will be the first championship event to take place in the newly renovated State Farm Center, which is due for completion fall of 2016.
"We are very pleased to be selected to host the 2017 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional Championship," UI Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "This will not only be a great opportunity to show off the recently renovated State Farm Center but will also provide our community a terrific opportunity to see in person some of the nation's top student-athletes compete at the very highest level. The DIA staff has proven to be great coordinators of these events in the past and look forward to once again hosting an NCAA championship event."
The other five sites for the 2017 Regional Championships include Seattle, Wash., Athens Ga., Fayetteville, Ark., Lincoln, Neb., and Morgantown, W.V. If Illinois was to advance out of the regional, Illini nation would not have to travel far as the 2017 National Championships are set for St. Louis, Mo., at the Chaifetz Arena.
"I am extremely excited that we are going to be hosting NCAA Regionals once again in 2017," Illinois head women's gymnastics coach Kim Landrus said. "It was a phenomenal experience the last time we hosted and I only anticipate it to be all that and more in 2017. The State Farm Center's renovations will be complete and the venue will be a phenomenal site to host the best gymnastics in the NCAA. For our student-athletes, what a wonderful opportunity and memory for them. This is an experience that will rank amongst the top in their athletic careers. There is no place sweeter to perform than in Champaign."
This marks the second time ever Illinois has been selected to host an NCAA women's gymnastics regional, previously hosting in 2012. The Illini have qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships for 10 straight years, with 26 trips overall. Last season, the Illini advanced out of the Morgantown Regional to compete in their third NCAA National Championships in five years.