Alabama gymnastics advances to the NCAA National Championship semifinals with a second place finish in the Seattle Regional Finals. The Tide scored a 198.175 which is the second highest score in program history. They had eight scores of 9.950 with seven different gymnasts scoring them. Lilly Hudson scored two 9.950s Saturday night. Alabama gets a couple weeks off from competition before traveling to Ft. Worth, TX for the Championship Semifinals on April 14.
Alabama gymnastics put on a show in Seattle Thursday afternoon. Shallon Olsen earned and tied her career-best scores on balance beam and vault with a 9.950. Luisa Blanco performed on the uneven bars and scored a 9.900 while Makarri Doggette may have retweaked her ankle injury on her bar dismount. She still scored a 9.900, however. Griffin James made her competition debut on floor in place of Blanco and scored a solid 9.875. The Crimson Tide along with Michigan State will compete Saturday at 7 p.m. against the top two teams from session two Thursday night.