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In third place for national championship, Alabama gymnasts earned All-America

Katie Bailey is first team All-America in two events, now has five citations

The NCAA Gymnastics Championship Meet is primarily about the national team championship, though there is honor in making the Super Six. Alabama came up just short in its quest for the national title with a third place finish, the NCAA-best 23rd time the Crimson Tide has made the top three.

Also in Fort Worth were individual honors and four Alabama gymnasts combined to bring home eight All-America honors. Bama’s 2016 additions give Alabama an all-time program with 320 honors by 70 different gymnasts.

Here are this year’s honorees: 

Katie Bailey, the 2016 NCAA vault champion, earned first-team honors on the vault and the uneven bars. It marked the third year in a row that the junior from Kernersville, N.C., came away from the national championships as an uneven bars All-America. She now has five All-America honors in the first three years of her career.

Sophomore Mackenzie Brannan earned a trio of All-America nods, taking first-team honors in the all-around and vault and second team on the uneven bars. A floor exercise All-America as a freshman, Brannan now owns four career All-America honors.

Kiana Winston capped her sophomore season with a pair of All-America accolades, earning first team on the floor exercise and second team on the balance beam.

Lauren Beers, the three-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the NCAA Championships, closed out her senior season by earning second-team honors on the vault, bringing her career total to seven.

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