Alabama Gymnastics Set for 2018 SEC Championships

24 Mar 2018 Staff-jmw
The Crimson Tide is seeded third at SECs for fourth year in a row and will be in the hunt for its 10th conference crown The Crimson Tide is seeded third at SECs for fourth year in a row and will be in the hunt for its 10th conference crown Photo: UA Media

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With its final practice in the books following a 90-minute session on the podium Friday afternoon, the No. 3-seeded Alabama gymnastics team is set for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championships in Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.

"We adjust well to the equipment today," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "There are a couple of things we’re working on but we’re ready for tomorrow and the opportunity to compete for a championship. The arena looks fabulous and we’re excited to be on ESPN2 tomorrow."

This week's national rankings determine the seeding for Saturday's championships. No. 2 LSU (1), No. 5 Florida (2), No. 6 Alabama (3) and No. 8 Kentucky (4) are the top four seeds and will compete in the second session that begins at 6 p.m. CT.

 

The SEC's first session is comprised of No. 11 Arkansas (5), No. 16 Auburn (6), No. 18 Georgia (7) and No. 21 Missouri (8) and will start 2 p.m. CT.

 

Alabama will start the 2018 SEC Championships on the balance beam before advancing to the floor exercise and vault before finishing on the uneven bars.

 

Alabama has been seeded third at the SEC Championships the last four years and have come away with SEC titles in 2014 and 2015 and was runner-up in 2016.

 

 

NOTES:

Both sessions of the 2018 SEC Championships will be broadcast live, with the early session (2 p.m. CT) broadcast on the SEC Network and the late session (6 p.m. CT) on ESPN2.

In addition to broadcasting the second session of the SEC Championships live on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m. CT, all four apparatus will have a live feed on SEC Network+ dedicated to it via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. There will also be a quad -box feed that shows the action on all four apparatus at one time - All-Around, Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor.

Immediately following the meet, the SEC Network + will also provide coverage of the trophy ceremony.

Olympic medalists and ESPN gymnastic analysts Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke are calling the Championship, with reporting from Laura Rutledge.

Earlier on Friday, Crimson Tide senior Kiana Winston was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

This year marks the first time that the SEC championships have been held in St. Louis, though the NCAA Championships were held here in Chaifetz Arena in 2017.

Overall, Alabama has won nine SEC titles since 1988, including four of the last nine.

Alabama posted its 19th-consecutive top-3 finish at the 2017 SEC Championships and has finished in the top three at the SEC championships 34 times since 1981.

Alabama won two individual SEC titles in 2017. Senior Kiana Winston won the balance beam title while 2017 senior Katie Bailey won the uneven bars title.

For all the latest information on Alabama gymnastics, follow BamaGymnastics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and head coach Dana Duckworth on Twitter and Instagram at @UACoachDana.

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