The Alabama gymnastics team is somewhat like the Crimson Tide football team when it comes to the post-season. Just as Bama football leads the nation in all-time bowl victories, Alabama gymnastics leads the nation with 30 NCAA Regional championships.
Coach Dana Duckworth’s Alabama gymnastics team will go for No. 31 on April 2 as the Crimson Tide is the No. 1 seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, to be held at 4 p.m. CDT in Coleman Coliseum. The winner and the runner-up from six national regional championship meets will advance to the NCAA Championship meet.
Alabama has advanced to the NCAA Championships for 33 consecutive years. This year’s chanmpionship will be in Fort Worth, Texas, April 15-16.
This is Alabama’s 14th time to host an NCAA Regional, the first since 2013.
The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide will be joined in the Tuscaloosa Regional by No. 2 seed California, and No. 3 Boise State, along with Kentucky, West Virginia, and Bowling Green. (The top 18 teams in the nation by regional qualifying scores are seeded into the six regional sites. The remaining three teams come from within the region.)
Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Regional are available through the Alabama Ticket Office in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum at (205) 348-2262 and online at RollTide.com.
This will be West Virginia’s and Kentucky’s second trip to Tuscaloosa this year, following regular-season meets on Feb. 14 and Feb. 5, respectively. Boise State was last in Tuscaloosa for a dual meet during the 2015 season.
The Tide will open the regional on a bye before starting competition on the uneven bars. From there, Alabama will move to the balance beam before going to its second bye. The Tide then goes to the floor exercise before finishing on the vault.
Each regional team will have an individual gymnast from a school that did not advance rotating with it. Alexis Brawner of Southeast Missouri State will rotate with the Crimson Tide. The top two all-arounder performers from each regional from a team that is not advancing will also earn a bid to Ft. Worth.