Previewing Michigan State gymnastics' NCAA Tournament regional final meet

Michigan State's Gabrielle Stephen celebrates after competing in the beam event on Friday, Feb. 9,
Michigan State's Gabrielle Stephen celebrates after competing in the beam event on Friday, Feb. 9, / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

The historical season for Michigan State gymnastics has reached its grandest moment as the Spartans are preparing for their biggest meet of the season: the NCAA Tournament regional final.

This meet features four teams vying for two spots in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. MSU has made it to this point the previous two seasons but failed to advance out of this round. The Spartans are having one of their best seasons in program history, so maybe this year will be the year.

Michigan State advanced to the regional final by finishing second in their second-round NCAA Tournament meet. The 12-seed Spartans finished with a 197.475 team score which was just behind first place finisher and 5-seed Utah.

The second meet of the night featured four other teams vying for the final two spots in the regional final. This meet saw 4-seed Florida and 13-seed Missouri advance to the regional finals as well with 197.925 and 197.525 scores, respectively. So the regional final will be filled with the four nationally seeded teams who all avoided the upset on Friday.

Michigan State will have to be on top of their game if they are going to qualify for the NCAA Tournament semifinals. If you combine the four programs scores from Friday, the Spartans would have come in last place. They would have been .350 points from qualifying which is a decent amount in gymnastics but not impossible to make up.

Thankfully for the Spartans, the results from Friday don't matter anymore. Everyone starts with a blank slate and MSU has a chance to make history. The Spartans have never made the NCAA tournament semifinals in program histoy, so all it takes is one amazing night to accomplish something that has never been done before.

This team is special, they have proven that all season. I have faith that they can get it done and that they will get it done. The regional final will take place Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN+.