Bama Gymnasts Set For NCAA Semis

LOS ANGELES – After traveling to Los Angeles, site of the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championships on Tuesday, and using Wednesday as a recovery day, the Alabama gymnastics team hit the floor of the New Pauley Pavilion Thursday for its final practice prior to Friday's semifinals.

"Today was all about adjusting to the equipment and getting moving again and we did that," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said Thursday. "We're ready for tomorrow and the next step in this journey."

Alabama, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, is in the second semifinal session on Friday and will be competing against Oklahoma, UCLA, Utah, Michigan and Arkansas. The top three teams from each of Friday's sessions will advance to Saturday's Super Six Team Final. The Crimson Tide has advanced to the Super Six 18 times since the format came into play in 1993.

The Tide will get the semifinals started on the uneven bars after a first-rotation bye before moving to the balance beam. From there, Alabama will go to its second bye before finishing up on the floor exercise and vault.

Alabama is competing at the NCAA Championships for the 31st year in a row. Alabama and Utah are the only two teams with active streaks longer than 13 years. Alabama has collected six national championships, 13 top-two finishes and 28 in the top 6.

After traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Tide adjusted to the time change, saw some of the sites, utilized the Tide's road training room, and went through team meetings on Wednesday. After Thursday's practice session, the Tide attended the NCAA Championship banquet at Sony Studios.

Alabama's semifinal session gets underway Friday at 6 p.m. PDT.

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