March 18, 2016
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With its last practice in the books, the No. 4 ranked Alabama gymnastics team is ready for the 2016 Southeastern Conference Championships which will be held Saturday in Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.
“We had a great practice and adjusted well the equipment and the podium,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “We are so fortunate to be a part of the SEC, the only conference in the country to compete their championship on podium.”
The teams that are seeded 5-8 in the conference will start things off at 1 p.m. CT while the top seeded teams will compete in the evening session starting at 5 p.m.
The two-time defending SEC Champions, Alabama is the championships’ No. 3 seed for the third year in a row. As the No. 3 seed, Alabama will start on the balance beam and finish the meet on the uneven bars, for the third year in a row. Alabama will face off against No. 2 ranked Florida, No. 3 LSU and No. 6 Auburn in the evening session.
In addition to a three-peat, Alabama will be vying for its 10th overall SEC gymnastics crown and its fifth in the past eight years.
Both sessions of the championship will be broadcast live, with the afternoon session airing on ESPNU and the evening session on the SEC Network. Fans will also be able to watch multiple streams on WatchEPSN.com and the WatchESPN app, including a stream of the broadcast, a stream dedicated to each apparatus, and the “all-around” which will stream all four apparatus at one time in a quad box.
“It’s so exciting that the SEC Network has put this kind of comprehensive coverage together for us and our fans,” Duckworth said. “They are changing the way gymnastics is viewed. Our fans across the world will be able to follow every routine and that’s great for fans of the SEC and everyone who loves gymnastics.”
This marks the third time that the SEC Championships have been held in Little Rock with the other two times coming in 2013 and 2007.
Coming into the Tide’s first postseason meet, sophomore Mackenzie Brannan is ranked 18th nationally in the all-around while senior Lauren Beers is eighth and Brannan is 20th on the vault. Beers is also ranked 17th on the floor exercise. Sophomore Kiana Winston is 14th on the uneven bars while junior Aja Sims is fourth, sophomore Nickie Guerrero is 14th and junior Keely McNeer is 24th on the balance beam.
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