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Alabama Gymnastics Takes Sixth at the NCAA Championships with a 196.000...

on Monday, April 17, 2017

Crimson Tide Gymnastics:

St. Louis, Mo.;

The Alabama gymnastics team closed out its 2017 campaign by finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships with a team score of 196.000 Saturday night in Chaifetz Arena, in St. Louis.

Oklahoma won its second-consecutive national title and fourth overall with a score of 198.375. 

LSU and Florida finished second and third, respectively, giving the Southeastern Conference half of the final six. UCLA finish fourth and Utah was fifth.

With its finish, Alabama is the only team in the nation to finish in the top-six nationally each of the last ten years. Overall, Alabama has posted 33 top-six NCAA finishes.

"You have to look at all the good things,"
UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "We are here. We gave our heart and soul. Team 43 has had quite a journey. I am very proud of how far we came. We are one of the top-six teams in the country."

Alabama scored a solid 49.325 on the floor exercise, led by junior Kiana Winston's 9.925 in the anchor position. The Crimson Tide then closed with a 49.1625 on the vault led by 9.85s from sophomore Abby Armbrecht, senior Katie Bailey and junior Nickie Guerrero.

"Starting off the way we did, creating such a deep hole, at that point when we went into the locker room, I just said, 'it's not how we start, it's how we finish, so let's go out there and represent the script A by being classy and doing our very best on the last two events.' They gave all they had on the last two events."

The Crimson Tide struggled through its first two rotation of the night, scoring a 48.8875 on the uneven bars to open the meet, led by senior Keely McNeer's 9.9. 

That was followed by a 48.625 on the balance beam, paced by Guerrero's 9.9.

Alabama earned its spot in the NCAA Super Six Team Finals with a 197.600 in the semifinal round on Friday night. It was the Tide's third-highest score of the season. 

In 35-consecutive years at the NCAA Championships, Alabama has finished no lower than ninth.

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