TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Utah gymnasts kept the longest streak in collegiate gymnastics alive by qualifying for a record 38th-straight national final.
It didn't come easy, though. Entering the final rotation of the night, the Utes were tied with Denver for the second and final qualifying position.
That's when they brought on the heat. The Utes burned red hot on the vault, posting the best score by any team on the event, a 49.40. Across the floor, Denver went the other direction on the beam, scoring a 48.275 to drop to fourth.
Two-time defending NCAA champion Alabama won the Tuscaloosa Regional with a 197.400, followed by Utah (196.400), Iowa State (195.400), Denver (195.275), Brigham Young (194.475) and Kent State (193.500).
Alabama and Utah are now headed to the 32nd NCAA Championship in Los Angeles (April 19-21).
* USU, SUU WRAP SEASON: Utah State gymnastics' three gymnasts had solid outings Saturday night at the NCAA Regional at Columbus, Ohio.
Junior Paige Jones and sophomore Sarah Landes competed in the all-around while freshman Stefanie Daley competed on the balance beam.
Landes finished in seventh in the all-around with a score of 39.125 and Jones placed 11th with a 38.950, while Daley tied for 37th on beam with a 9.550.
At Norman, Okla., Southern Utah went a perfect 24-for-24 on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the 2013 season with a fifth-place 194.850 at the NCAA Regionals in Norman, Okla. Sophomore Jamie Armijo recorded the T-Birds top finish, third place on the uneven bars, narrowly missing a berth at the NCAA Championships by less than half a tenth.