Illinois State University senior gymnast Amanda Mohler has been selected to participate in the balance beam event at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional.

The Tinley Park, Ill., native helped the Redbirds finish fourth in last week’s Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) championship, posting a career-best 9.900 score in the balance beam event. The MIC also named Mohler the 2016 Senior of the Year for her excellent performance during the 2016 season.

Mohler’s valiant effort included five MIC Specialist of the Week nods and several all-conference honors in the balance beam event for the second straight season in her collegiate career as a gymnast. She even posted the same 9.900 score during a quad meet at Denton, Texas over a month ago.

Mohler will be one of the four all-around competitors — those who are not on qualifying NCAA regionals teams — to compete alongside six qualifying teams and two individual event specialists. There will be six different groups of these participants in six different predestined locations. The top two teams and all-around competitors will receive automatic berths to the NCAA national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, which will be hosted by Texas Woman’s University April 15-16.

During the NCAA championships, there will be two semifinal rounds. One will be between the top two teams of the Iowa City, Salt Lake City and Tuscaloosa regionals, and the other will be between the top two teams of the Minneapolis, Ann Arbor and Athens regionals.

The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Regional will take place at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, April 2.

Jacob Klassen is a sports reporter at The Vidette and can be reached at vidette_jklasse@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @jklass350.

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