Alabama Gymnastics Advances to NCAA Championships
A day after winning the 2016 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, the NCAA announced that Alabama will compete in the evening session of the NCAA Championships Semifinals that will be held Friday, April 15 in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena starting at 7 p.m. CT.
Alabama advanced to its 34th consecutive NCAA Championships at home in Coleman Coliseum on Saturday by winning its NCAA-best 31st regional championship and 12th in a row.
The six-time national champion Crimson Tide will face fellow past champions Utah, UCLA and Oklahoma as well as California and Nebraska in the semifinal round of the NCAA Championships. Defending NCAA champion Florida along with past champion Georgia and Auburn, LSU, Stanford and Minnesota all compete in the first semifinal session on Friday starting at 1 p.m.
The top-three teams from each semifinal will advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Final, which gets underway Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Fort Worth-based championships can be purchased through www.ncaa.com/tickets/gymnastics-women/nc/.
The Tide will start its semifinal session on a bye before beginning competition on the uneven bars. From there, Alabama moves to the balance beam before going to its second bye. The Tide then goes to the floor exercise before finishing on the vault. It is the same rotation the Tide used on the way to winning last Saturday’s NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championship.
This year marks the eighth in a row that Alabama has competed in semifinal session II. From its semifinal session, Alabama has already faced UCLA and California this season. The Tide has also competed against Florida, Georgia, LSU and Auburn from the afternoon semifinal session.