Tide Gymnasts Win Seattle Regional

SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 4 ranked Alabama gymnastics team made its first trip to the University of Washington campus and Alaska Airline Arena a successful one, winning the NCAA Seattle Regional Championship with a 197.025 and advancing to the NCAA Championship finals for the 30th consecutive year.

Alabama has now won an NCAA-best 27 regional titles, including the last eight in a row, under Coach Sarah Patterson.

While the Crimson Tide earned its bid with relative ease, finishing nearly a point ahead of the field, the battle for second place was intense, with LSU and Washington within .025 of each other going into the final rotation. In the end, LSU made it an all-Southeastern Conference affair at the top of the standings, edging the hometown Huskies, 196.075-195.825.

Alabama scored a 49.325 on the vault to finish things off, led by junior Marissa Gutierrez's 9.9.

On the floor exercise, the Tide's third event, Gutierrez and senior Geralen Stack-Eaton scored 9.875s to lead Alabama to a 49.125 team total.

The Tide started things off with a 49.350 on the uneven bars, led by 9.9s from junior Ashley Sledge and Stack-Eaton.

Alabama followed that up with a 49.225 on the balance beam where sophomore Sarah DeMeo paced the Tide with a 9.9 of her own.

Alabama and LSU will join the 10 other top-two finishers from the other five other regional sites around the country at the NCAA Championship finals which will be held in Duluth, Ga. in the Arena at Gwinnett Place, site of last month's Southeastern Conference Championships, April 20-22.

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