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Alabama gymnastics barely snuck back into the top 10 of this week’s rankings, now that the regular season has officially concluded. The Crimson Tide is 10th with a 196.9 National Qualifying Score. That’s 0.08 better than last week’s NQS, which put UA at 11th.

Since it is the fifth-best SEC team, Alabama will compete in the afternoon portion of Saturday’s 2019 SEC Championships at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. It’ll be up against No. 12 Auburn (196.695), No. 19 Missouri (196. 385) and No. 20 Arkansas (196.31). The top four teams in the conference – No. 3 LSU (197.68), No. 4 Florida (197.675), No. 8 Georgia (197.195) and No. 9 Kentucky (197.085) – get the night slot.

Session I will start at 3 p.m. and air on SEC Network. Session II is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Due to its seeding, Alabama will go through the meet in Olympic order: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. UA is ranked seventh on floor (49.375), ninth on vault (49.225) and 13th on both bars (49.235) and beam (49.21).

The Crimson Tide finished out its regular conference schedule 5-3. Alabama defeated Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas and Auburn (twice) but lost to LSU, Florida and Kentucky.


Last year, LSU won its second consecutive SEC championship. Alabama and Florida finished second and third, respectively.

Alabama has nine titles overall. Its last one came in 2015, which was Dana Duckworth’s first season as head coach.
 

UAgrad93

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I don't know what the deal is, but the gymnastics program has taken a step back and in a big way. Coaching, recruiting, facilities, a combination of all?
 

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@UAgrad93, A few injuries this year hurt. In spite of that I'm hoping we're not seeing a case of mediocrity setting in but at the same time I'm seeing other programs have caught up.
 

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I think it's a little bit of coaching over anything. Hard to follow up an all-timer like Patterson. Just look at Georgia and how they have done as well after Suzanne Yocolan. Even with their all-world alumni Courtney Kupets manning the helm. I have seen where the beam was our major issue last year, but we picked that score up earlier in the season, but see we have fallen towards the back of the conference again. We have solid girls and that is not the problem in my mind. I like Duckworth and her competitive nature, but I have to wonder if it's sitting in the head coach's spot.
 

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