The Oregon State gymnastics team will be headed on a long road trip for the NCAA regionals.
The No. 12 Beavers were selected as the second seed of the University Park Regional at Penn State on April 5.
It will be the first trip to Penn State for the Beavers since 1995.
“In terms of the distance it’s obviously as far as we could go,” OSU associate head coach Michael Chaplin said. “I think that’s a challenge.”
Joining No. 12 Oregon State (196.615 Regional Qualifying Score) at the meet will be No. 1 Florida (197.895), No. 15 Penn State (196.475), No. 23 New Hampshire (195.880), Kentucky (195.585) and Maryland (195.010).
The top two finishers will advance to the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on April 18-20, hosted by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Sports Foundation.
Chaplin said the Beavers knew they would be paired with the Gators because of their rankings, but he wasn’t not sure whether they would land in University Park or Seattle.
“It’s a good field,” Chaplin said. “I’ve been able to watch (Florida) quite a bit on TV and they’re definitely a very good team.
“Penn State, they’re going to be on their own court and that’s always nice to have.”
Penn State begins on vault, Florida on a bye before uneven bars, Kentucky begins on the bars, Maryland begins on the balance beam, Oregon State begins on a bye before floor exercise and New Hampshire begins on the floor.
Individual all-around qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA University Park Regional Championships are: Brittney Harris from Pittsburgh, Lissette La Fex from Bridgeport, and Diana Walters, Caroline Morant and Michelle Schnayder from Brown.
Individual event at-large qualifiers are: Maebelle Pacheco of Pittsburgh on vault, Melanie Jorgensen of Cornell on bars and Katie O’Rourke of Pittsburgh on beam and floor.
The Beavers finished fifth at the Pacific-12 Conference Championship meet at University of California on Saturday after winning the title in 2013.
Chaplin said the Beavers came out of the meet healthy and ready to go.
Finals are over and the gymnasts can focus on preparing for regionals.
“This week is nice,” Chaplin said. “We don’t have to worry about anything except for gymnastics.”