Alabama Gymnasts Third Seed At NCAA
"Advancing to the final site of the NCAA Championships is something that never gets old and it's something that I never take for granted," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "I'm as excited this year as I was the very first time."
The championships, hosted by the University of Florida, will be held at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, April 22-24. Team semifinal and the individual all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions on Thursday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.
The Tide will start the semifinals on the vault and will, after a bye, proceed to the uneven bars and balance beam. After a second bye, Alabama will finish the night on the floor exercise.
Joining the No. 3 seeded Crimson Tide in the evening session will be championship host and No. 2 seed Florida, along with No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Missouri and No. 11 Michigan.
"It will be great," Patterson said. "With the Florida Gators in our session on Thursday, there will be a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the O'Connell Center. If we can handle that environment on the first night, it will help prepare us for the second night."
No. 1 seed UCLA, along with No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 LSU and No. 12 Nebraska will get the championships started Thursday at 1 p.m. ET with the first semi-final session.
Each of the 12 teams competing on Thursday will have an all-arounder from a team that didn't advance rotating with them. Denver's Kelley Hennigan will rotate with Alabama.
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