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Q1: Where are regionals and nationals being held?
A1: The Women's national/regionals sites:
2014 Women's Regional Sites
• University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minn.
• University of Georgia – Athens, Ga.
• University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Ark.
• Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, La.
• Pennsylvania State University – State College, Pa.
• University of Washington – Seattle, Wash.
2014 Women's Nationals: Alabama
Women's Schedule: 2015-2018
|Nationals||Dallas-Fort Worth (TWU)||Dallas-Fort Worth (TWU)||St. Louis (Mizzou)||St. Louis (Mizzou)|
2014: Ann Arbor (Michigan)
2015: Norman (OU)
2016: Columbus (Ohio State)
2017: West Point (Army)
2018: Chicago (UIC)
Q2: How do Women's teams qualify for Nationals?
A2: The Top 36 teams ranked by their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) will qualify to the Regionals. See Q4 below for an explanation of the RQS. The top 18 teams will be placed into a seeding formula (see Q6 below) and distributed across the Regions, with three in each Region. The remaining three slots in each Region will now be filled by teams ranked 19-36 in the standings, with preference given for rank and geographical proximity.
Q3: What is the Women's RQS?
A3: The Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) is determined from the total of a team's best three away meet scores plus top three home or away scores. The high score is thrown out and remaining five are averaged.
Q4: How are Conference meets treated in the RQS?
A4: The host team must count the Conference Meet as a home meet. For the rest, its an away meet.
Q5: How are the Women's teams seeded?
A5: The Women are seeded by criteria established by the NCAA Committee. This criteria is published in the NCAA Championship Handbook. Over the past several years, essentially the same criteria has been used. The criteria used in 2003-2012 was to create ranked "trios" of 1-12-13, 2-11-14... 6-7-18 of the top 18 teams, as determined by the Regional Qualifying Score. A host team in the ranked trio was used to serve to anchor that trio in a region. In the case that more than one team in the trio happened to be a host, the lower ranked team in the trio was exchanged with another team. Preference for seeding is usually given to the highest ranked team in the trio, in terms of geographical proximity for its final placement. The NCAA Committee will also break up trios, if necessary, to maintain diversity in regional representation and conference mix.
Q6: How do individuals qualify to Women's Nationals?
A5: The women can qualify to Nationals as All-Arounders or Event Winners. The top two AAers in each Regional, NOT on a qualifying team advance to Nationals. Regional Champions in each individual event also qualify, if they have not already qualified as a team or AAer.