Southeast Missouri State gymnast Alexis Brawner headed to NCAA Regionals again

Monday, March 20, 2017

Southeast Missouri State gymnast Alexis Brawner is headed back to the NCAA tournament. The junior was selected to compete in the Fayetteville Regional hosted by the University of Arkansas, the NCAA announced Monday.

"We are heading back to Arkansas, an arena we have competed in before," coach Kristi Ewasko said in an news release. "We're looking forward to Alexis really capitalizing on all of her success so far this season and fighting for a chance to make the NCAA Nationals."

Brawner will compete in the all-around. She finished seventh in the Tuscaloosa Regional in the all-around last year.

This year, Brawner is one of four all-around competitors in that regional who was not on a qualifying team. Brawner placed first in all-around at the Midwest Independent Conference championship Saturday. She was also finished second in the all-around with a Regional Qualifying Score of 39.120. She was second on bars (9.805), fourth on floor (9.840), fifth in vault (9.810) and 15th on beam (9.710) in RQS.

Arkansas, Utah, Denver, California, Auburn and Central Michigan are the six teams in the Fayetteville Regional. SEMO didn't qualify as a team, finishing fifth at the MIC championship meet.

The other three all-around competitors in that regional are Mikailla Northern (Illinois-Chicago), Ashley Potts (Northern Illinois), and Katherine Prentice (Northern Illinois).

The regional will begin at 4 p.m. April 1st.

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