It really wasn’t close in Coleman Coliseum Saturday afternoon as the Alabama Crimson Tide gymnastics team ran away with the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional championship. And who would be surprised, as Bama has now won an NCAA-best 31 regional titles.
The championship was the next step in Alabama advancing to the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 15-16. This will be the 34th consecutive year for Bama to make the NCAA title field.
In front of 10,116 mostly Alabama fans, the Crimson Tide put up a winning score of 197.125.
The Cal Bears earned the second NCAA Championship berth out of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with a score of 195.925. The remaining four teams in the Tuscaloosa regional included Boise State (195.750), Kentucky (195.725), West Virginia (194.250) and Bowling Green (193.850).
The Tide used a 49.225 on the vault to close out the meet behind 9.9875s from senior Lauren Beers and freshman Jenna Bresette.
Alabama started the meet on the uneven bars, with junior Keely McNeer posting a 9.875 in the leadoff spot. Sophomores Kiana Winston and Mackenzie Brannan closed out the rotation with a 9.875 and 9.900, respectively, pushing Alabama to a 49.275 team score.
On the balance beam, the Tide went five-for-five after its leadoff fell, scoring a 49.150. Junior Aja Sims led the Tide on the beam with a 9.875. Alabama went to its seniors for big scores on the floor exercise with Beers posting a 9.95 in the fifth spot and Carley Sims going 9.9 in the anchor position, pacing the Tide to a 49.475. Junior Katie Bailey also went 9.9 on the floor exercise.
In addition to being the Tide's NCAA-record 31st regional title, it is also the Tide's 12th in a row, the longest streak in program history.