Kent State Gymnastics

It’s been a dream season for the Kent State Golden Flashes.

Congratulations.

Ranked #24, they find themselves tonight at their first ever national team Championships. At home.

They beat out Stanford, Ohio State and Minnesota to get here.

Congratulations Brice Biggin and everyone in the program.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland is a rare “neutral” site for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

The event is usually hosted on the campus of one of sport’s power teams. So all are anxious to see how Cleveland, Kent State and Cleveland State do as hosts of the event away from the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 or Pac-10 arena traditionally aligned with the event.

“I think it’s a positive thing for our sport,” Oregon State coach Tonya Chaplin said. “Whenever we are able to go into a [new] area, bringing NCAA gymnastics to a community that may not have it close, it is always exciting because it brings more interest and hopefully gets someone new hooked on our sport.

“Hopefully that will even help Kent State get more people in the future go watch the competitions there. …

Cleveland State received kudos for its Wolstein Arena setup for the event from Georgia coach Jay Clark.

“The arena is fantastic,” he said. “It is the right size for this event. It appears to be something that will feel full, based upon what we know about ticket sales. ..

According to the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, more than 12,000 tickets have been sold for the weekend, and a strong walk-up crowd is expected throughout the event. …

The Plain Dealer

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