“Women On Fire” Prepare For NCAA Finals!
This is it.
Beginning Friday, the Alabama Gymnastics team takes its last routines to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Alabama has been performing well to this point in the season, winning the SEC Championship for the first time since 2015 and placing second in the Tuscaloosa Regional competition.
The first semi-final matchup will begin on Friday at noon with the number one ranked Florida Gators, number 4 ranked Michigan, number 5 ranked California and number 8 ranked Minnesota.
The more interesting matchups will take place on Friday night as Alabama will compete against Oklahoma who is ranked second, number 3rd ranked LSU, and number 6th ranked Utah. Being in the same conference will be one of the big matchups to watch as the Crimson Tide will face off against the LSU Tigers for the 3rd time this season (once at home in Coleman Coliseum, and once at the SEC Championship Tournament).
"Last year we worked so hard to get to this point," Said senior Lexi Graber. "We are really just want to get out there and show how resilient we are. We all want to perform well for the seniors who didn't get to do that last year. We are ready to show our discipline and how far we have come."
Interestingly enough for Alabama, their first meet on Friday night will be competing against two familiar foes. LSU, as previously mentioned, and Oklahoma who the team finished second against in the Tuscaloosa Regional. However, Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth mentions that her team is in the "Bama bubble" and isn't worried about looking ahead.
"This team has been amazing all year long," Duckworth said. "No matter what it looks like or brought in front of us, our goal this weekend is to stay on fire and remain in that Bama bubble. We want to start on fire and remain on fire all weekend long. If we do that, we will see what happens in the end."
ESPN 2 will have coverage of the matchup on Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. Don't forget to keep it tuned into Tide 100.9 for coverage of the NCAA Prelims and the NCAA Finals.