TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UA Athletic Dept.) – For the 34th year in a row, the Alabama gymnastics team advances to the NCAA Championships after winning its NCAA-best 31st regional championship Saturday in Coleman Coliseum with a score of 197.125 in front of a vocal crowd of 10,116 fans.
The Cal Bears earned the second NCAA Championship berth out of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with a score of 195.925. The remaining four teams in the Tuscaloosa regional included Boise State (195.750), Kentucky (195.725), West Virginia (194.250) and Bowling Green (193.850).
The Tide used a 49.225 on the vault to close out the meet behind 9.9875s from senior Lauren Beers and freshman Jenna Bresette.
Alabama started the meet on the uneven bars, with junior Keely McNeer posting a 9.875 in the leadoff spot. Sophomores Kiana Winston and Mackenzie Brannan closed out the rotation with a 9.875 and 9.900, respectively, pushing Alabama to a 49.275 team score.
On the balance beam, the Tide went five-for-five after its leadoff fell, scoring a 49.150. Junior Aja Sims led the Tide on the beam with a 9.875. Alabama went to its seniors for big scores on the floor exercise with Beers posting a 9.95 in the fifth spot and Carley Sims going 9.9 in the anchor position, pacing the Tide to a 49.475. Junior Katie Bailey also went 9.9 on the floor exercise.
In addition to being the Tide’s NCAA-record 31st regional title, it is also the Tide’s 12th in a row, the longest streak in program history.