Over the years, Alabama has had a number of the nation’s most decorated gymnasts, including grabbing many of the top Southeastern Conference honorees. It may be for that reason that Alabama having only four Crimson Tide gymnasts earning five All-SEC seemed a bit disappointing.
The accomplishments of the Alabama gymnasts, though, should be appreciated. Alabama is ranked sixth in the nation and will be the No. 1 seed in the April 4 Morgantown, W. Va., NCAA Regional as the Tide goes for its 31nd NCAA Regional championship and 35th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships.
Senior Katie Bailey and junior Kiana Winston were named All-SEC after winning individual conference titles at last week’s SEC Championships. Bailey won her second-consecutive uneven bars title. Winston, who shared the SEC uneven bars title with Bailey in 2016, won the league’s balance beam championship last week in Jacksonville, Fla. Both women scored 9.95s to secure their SEC titles this season.
Freshman Maddie Desch earned both All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors in her rookie season. She was second on the vault with a career-best score of 9.95 in Jacksonville. Fellow newcomer Wynter Childers also earned a place on the SEC All-Freshman team after posting 9.9s on both the vault and balance beam.