April 12, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Gymnastics team, which advanced to its 28th consecutive NCAA Championship last Saturday by winning and NCAA-record 25th regional title, will compete in the evening session of the semi-final round of the NCAA Championships on Thursday, April 22 in Gainesville, Fla.
"Advancing to the final site of the NCAA Championships is something that never gets old and it's something that I never take for granted," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "I'm as excited this year as I was the very first time."
The championships, hosted by the University of Florida, will be held at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, April 22-24. Team semifinal and the individual all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions on Thursday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.
The Tide will start the semifinals on the vault and, after a bye, will proceed to the uneven bars and balance beam. Following a second bye, Alabama will finish the night on the floor exercise.
Joining the No. 3 seeded Crimson Tide in the evening session will be championship host and No. 2 seed Florida, along with No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 10 Missouri and No. 11 Michigan.
"It will be great," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "With the Florida Gators in our session on Thursday, there will be a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the O'Connell Center. If we can handle that environment on the first night, it will help prepare us for the second night."
No. 1 seed UCLA, along with No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 LSU and No. 12 Nebraska will get the championships started Thursday at 1 p.m. ET with the first semi-final session.
Each of the 12 teams competing on Thursday will have an all-arounder from a team that didn't advance rotating with them. Denver's Kelley Hennigan will rotate with Alabama.
The Tide has competed against six members of this year's championship field already this season, including Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Arkansas and Nebraska.