Alabama Gymnastics Begins Title Chase

The opportunity to compete for championships never grows old, as anyone around the Alabama gymnastics program can attest. After all, Bama has made it to the NCAA championship event every year for a third of a century.

The Alabama gymnastics team, Southeastern Conference and NCAA Regional champion, is in Texas for the 2015 NCAA Championships at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Bama completed practice in the facility Thursday.

The Crimson Tide will compete in the second semifinal session today (Friday) starting at 7 p.m. CDT, along with defending NCAA co-Champion Oklahoma as well as LSU, Auburn, Oregon State and Nebraska.

Alabama will start the semifinal session on the floor exercise and will then move to the vault before taking its first of two byes. After the bye, the Tide will move to the uneven bars and balance beam before sitting a bye during the last of six rotations.

Defending NCAA co-Champion Florida and past champions Georgia, UCLA and Utah along with Stanford and Michigan will compete in Friday’s first semifinal session starting at 1 p.m.

Alabama is at its 33rd consecutive NCAA Championship. Only one other school, Utah with 34, has been to more.

“We adjusted well to the equipment and are ready to get going,” Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. “Walking into the arena today, with all the equipment in place and the banners all hung, it really hits you how special this is. Being a part of the NCAA Championships never grows old and we never take it for granted.”

The top-three teams from each semifinal will advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Final, which gets underway Saturday, at 6 p.m.


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