The Alabama gymnastics team may be done, but the 2019 season isn’t.
Next weekend is the 2019 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships. They’ll be held at the Forth Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, April 19-20. And for the first time since it missed the NCAA’s debut championship in 1982, the Crimson Tide will not be there.
Last Saturday, Alabama competed in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional final. It scored a 197.225 to finish third. Well, only the top two teams advanced to the next round.
UCLA won with no problem, posting a 198.075. But Michigan, the second-place team, beat out Alabama by just 0.05 with a 197.275.
There were three other regional sites across the country. Oklahoma (198.475) and Georgia (198.05) thrived in Athens, Georgia. LSU (197.5) and Utah (197.25) came out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Denver (197.375) and Oregon State (196.9) survived Corvallis, Oregon.
All of the host schools are moving on.
UCLA, Michigan, LSU and Utah will make up the first semifinal next Friday, while Oklahoma, Georgia, Denver and Oregon State will fill out the second. Once again, the top two out of each will then advance and get a shot at the ultimate title Saturday in one last quad meet.
One Alabama gymnast’s season is not over.
Abby Armbrecht will actually be competing on the floor exercise as an individual April 19 at the NCAA semifinals.
The top event specialists at each regional, who were not members of an already qualifying team, earned bids for that specific event.
Armbrecht scored a 9.9 that broke down into three 9.9s and a 9.95 from the four judges on the first day of regional competition and then a 9.9 that consisted of four 9.9s on the second day. That means the Alabama senior from Mobile has now managed a 9.9 floor score in the last four consecutive meets. Her season high is a 9.925 and her career high is a 9.95.
The other floor individual qualifiers are Florida’s Trinity Thomas (9.95 in Corvallis), Arkansas’ Sophia Carter (9.9 in Baton Rouge) and Kentucky’s Sidney Dukes (9.9 in Athens).