Stuart McNair

Sixth-ranked Alabama takes on No. 8 Georgia in gymnastics in Athens

Alabama and Georgia have long history of gymnastics success

Once upon a time, the gymnastics rivalry between Alabama and Georgia pitted two programs that were almost exact opposites except in one respect. Georgia was considered dark and evil, while Alabama under legendary Coach Sarah Patterson was the poster child for young women being ladies and achievers both athletically and academically.

One thing was the same, though. Both were very, very good. The teams have won 16 NCAA championships and 25 Southeastern Conference championships between them.

And both are still very, very good, Alabama ranked sixth in the nation and Georgia eighth.

Alabama closes out its regular-season road schedule with a rare Sunday meet, taking on Georgia in Athens at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. central time) Sunday. The meet will be televised live on the SEC Network.

“I love competing in Athens,” Crimson Tide Coach Dana Duckworth said. “The crowd will be great and the energy will be nice. For our ladies, we want to see them compete purposefully and with intent. I want them to a have a lot of passion.”

Alabama and Georgia last met in the 2016 NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals, where Alabama finished third (197.4375) and the Bulldogs finished sixth (196.8125). Alabama won the last regular-season meeting between the two teams, 197.550-195.700, in Tuscaloosa on February 26, 2016.

Alabama is 4-1-0 over its last five meets of this season, while Georgia is 3-4 over its last five competitions, including a quad meet. The Bulldogs are the Crimson Tide’s sixth top-10 opponent this season.

After closing out its regular-season road slate at Georgia, Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum for its regular-season finale on Friday against Iowa State starting at 7:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, at (205) 348-2262, and online at RollTide.com.


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