Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT)-The SEC Gymnastics Championship has returned to Birmingham.
For Alabama the BJCC feels like home.
It is where they won their last SEC title back in 2011.
The Crimson Tide comes in as the 3 seed behind Florida and LSU. Alabama coach Sarah Patterson believes their strength of schedule has prepared them to compete on this stage.
“Our schedule has been one of the toughest in the country and that was by design because its not your win losses that advance you to the National Championship,” said Patterson. “It’s being comfortable and knowing you are as great as any other team out there on any given night.”
Auburn ranks 12th nationally earning them a 5 seed. After losing their top competitor, Bri Guy, midway through the season, the Tigers feel like they’ve taken tremendous strides and can be competitive against the top teams in the nation.
“We’re the underdog obviously,” said SEC Coach of the Year Jeff Graba. “We’re the little guy on the block but we like to make a lot of noise so we want to come here and we want to do our job. I think if we do that, everybody will look around and say that Auburn belongs.”
Auburn will compete in the afternoon session beginning at 2pm.
Alabama is scheduled for the evening session at 6pm.