Alabama Gymnasts Win Auburn Regional

For the 33rd year in a row, and the first under head coach Dana Duckworth, the Alabama gymnastics team advances to the NCAA Championships after winning its NCAA-best 30th regional championship in Auburn Arena Saturday night with a 197.575.

With the top-two teams from each of the six regional sites advancing to the national championships, Alabama and host-school Auburn, which scored a 196.900 to take second, will make the trip to Ft. Worth, Texas in 10 days.

  The Tide closed out a strong meet with a 49.425 on vault, paced by a 9.925 from freshman Mackenzie Brannan. The Tide started things off with a 49.350 on the uneven bars led by senior Kaitlyn Clark’s 9.925 in the anchor spot. Alabama posted a 49.500 on the balance beam, the Tide’s second highest beam tally of the season, led by junior Lauren Beers’ 9.925. On the floor exercise Beers and junior Carley Sims both posted 9.9s to lead Alabama to a 49.300.  

In addition to being the Tide’s NCAA-record 30th regional title, it is also the Tide’s 11th in a row, the longest streak in school history. >

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