March 21, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama gymnastics team will be the No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships gets underway Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum the NCAA announced Monday.
The Crimson Tide, ranked fourth nationally, comes into the Tuscaloosa Regional having won an NCAA-best 30 regional titles. Alabama has also advanced to the NCAA Championships 33 years in a row. The top-two teams from each of the six regionals across the country will move on to the NCAA Championships, which will be held April 15-16 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Regional can be purchased through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, or online at RollTide.com. This marks the 14th time Alabama has hosted a gymnastics regional and the first since 2013.
Alabama will be joined by No. 2 seed California, No. 3 seed Boise State as well as Kentucky, West Virginia and Bowling Green. The top-18 teams in the nation by regional qualifying score are seeded into the six regional sites. The remaining three teams come from within the region.
This will be West Virginia’s and Kentucky’s second trip to Tuscaloosa this year, following regular-season meets on Feb. 14 and Feb. 5, respectively. Boise State was last in Tuscaloosa for a dual meet during the 2015 season.
The Tide will open the regional on a bye before starting competition on the uneven bars. From there, Alabama will move to the balance beam before going to its second bye. The Tide then goes to the floor exercise before finishing on the vault.
Each regional team will have an individual gymnast from a school that did not advance rotating with it. Alexis Brawner of Southeast Missouri State will rotate with the Crimson Tide. The top two all-arounder performers from each regional from a team that is not advancing will also earn a bid to Ft. Worth.
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