ALABAMA GYMNASTICS FALL IN ANN ARBOR REGIONAL FINAL

Gymnastics

No. 10 Alabama gymnastics finished the NCAA Championships Ann Arbor Regional Final Saturday night placing third with a score 197.225. Only the top two advance to the Elite Eight.

“I’m proud of the way our ladies fought to the very end, giving it all they had,” Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth said in a press release. “We knew that this new format was going to be extremely challenging and we prepared from the summer on to be able to give it our all two nights in a row, and that’s just what we did.”

The defending national champions UCLA won the regional final with a 198.075, while No. 7 Michigan took second over Alabama by .050 with a 197.275. Nebraska was fourth with a 196.650.

“Our senior class helped build a tremendous team and set incredibly high standards for our program through their work ethic and leadership,” Duckworth said in the same press release. “They have every reason to hold their heads up high as their gymnastics careers come to a close.”

For one senior her college career isn’t over just yet, Abby Armbrecht will represent Alabama at the NCAA Championships participating in the floor exercise on April 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

The Crimson Tide scored 49.425 on the balance beam, finishing the night with a 9.900 from Armbrecht, a career-best 9.925 from freshman Emily Gaskins and a career-best 9.950 from sophomore Lexi Graber.

Alabama set the tone on the floor exercise with a 49.425, paced by matching 9.9s from Armbrecht and senior Ariana Guerra and Graber. Alabama scored a 49.125 on the vault, and on the uneven bars, the Crimson Tide tallied a 49.250.

The Crimson Tide continued to battle as a team, and progressively improved throughout the season but came just short of advancing deeper into the postseason.

“We came in focused on making constant improvement, and we carried that through this weekend,” Duckworth said in the press release. “Our ladies never gave up; they continued to fight against the odds.”

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