The University of Alabama gymnastics season came to an end Friday when the Crimson Tide finished fifth in the first semifinal of the NCAA Championships.
Alabama was edged by rival Georgia during the the fifth of six rotations, and while finishing on a bye could only watch as favorites UCLA and LSU secured spots to advance to Saturday’s Super Six — when the national title will be decided in St. Louis.
Session surprise Nebraska subsequently moved of Georgia to finish third and also move on.
The second semifinal will be held Friday evening.
“We were good, we needed to be great,” Coach Dana Duckworth said in a release. “We knew the competition in this session was going to be intense and everyone wanted to advance to tomorrow night.”
The Crimson Tide scored 49.1375 on vault, 49.1625 on uneven bars, 49.0750 on balance beam and 49.2500 on floor exercise. Alabama didn’t have anyone finish in the top five in any event, with Abby Armbrecht’s 9.8625 on floor the team’s top score for the day.
It’s only the third time in the 27-year history of the Super Six format that Alabama didn’t make the finals.
“It hurts to not advance,” Duckworth added. “Right now though, we have to decide what we’re going to learn from this as coaches and as gymnasts — especially those coming back — and how we move forward.”
Final team scores, NCAA Championships Semifinal I
- UCLA 197.5625
- LSU 197.4750
- Nebraska 197.0125
- Georgia 196.6875
- Alabama 196.6250
- Arkansas 196.2500