The individual honors have all been decided, and all that’s left to determine at this year’s NCAA Championships is the team title during the Super Six on Saturday in St. Louis.
Alabama will be looking to win its seventh national championship, while No. 1 Oklahoma aims to repeat and LSU hopes to claim its first. The Tigers set a meet record with their 198.275 score to win the semifinal session on Friday.
The great unknown is how well the gymnasts will respond to competing on back-to-back days, and having a late start time after sitting around all day. Alabama did have 2 meets 2 days apart during the regular season, scoring 195.325 during a loss at Arkansas on Jan. 27, and 2 days later improving to 195.850 while defeating Auburn in Birmingham.
Regardless of the outcome, this will be the final meet for 6 Crimson Tide seniors: Katie Bailey, Amanda Jetter, Keely McNeer, Mary Lillian Sanders, Aja Sims and Mackenzie Valentin.
NCAA Gymnastics Super Six, times, details
Super Six: Saturday, 9 p.m. ET
Teams: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Alabama
Location: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis
What’s the best way to keep up with the Alabama at the Super Six?
- TV: EPSNU will show the meet beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
- There’s also live scoring, and Alabama will post updates on Twitter.
What you should know
- Alabama will begin on bars in the first rotation, and perform on beam in the second rotation before getting its first bye. It comes back and moves to floor exercise before finishing on vault during the fifth rotation. The sixth and final rotation, with Alabama and Utah on byes, will feature Oklahoma on vault, Florida on bars, LSU on beam and UCLA on floor.
- Senior Keely McNeer’s vault on Friday night was her first in competition since suffering a broken finger in a car accident prior to the Georgia meet in early March. It was also the first time she had ever done a one-and-a-half vault in collegiate competition. She scored 9.8875.
- Although her focus had to be on not making a significant blunder during her beam routine Friday night, junior Kiana Winston placed third in all-around.
- Katie Bailey’s bars title was shared with 5 other competitors who posted a 9.95 score: UCLA’s Kyla Ross, Oklahoma’s Nicole Lehrmann and Maggie Nichols, Florida’s Alex McMurtry and LSU’s Sarah Finnegan.
- Alabama’s lowest team score in the semifinals was a tie between vault and beam, 49.3625.
- Alabama had the fourth best score of the semifinals.
- This is the 25th year of the Super Six. Alabama has participated in 23, which tops all teams.