Alabama, Auburn hitting the road for NCAA gymnastics regionals

Alabama Gymnastics
Alabama Gymnastics team at an SEC competition in Huntsville. (Alabama Gymnastics/Facebook)

With one eye already on the NCAA Championships in Texas, Alabama and Auburn gymnasts watched Monday morning to find out their seedings and destinations for the regional round.

Before we take a closer look at each team, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming tournament.

  • April 3-6, 2024
  • 4 regionals of 9 teams each
  • Top 2 from each regional advance to championships in Fort Worth
  • Opportunities for individuals to advance based on all-around and event specialty performances
Alabama Gymnastics Luisa Blanco
March 23, 2024: Alabama’s Luisa Blanco points to the Crimson Tide crowd during the 2024 SEC Gymnastics Championships at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA Kyle Okita/CSM (Credit Image: © Kyle Okita/Cal Sport Media) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Alabama gets #8 seed, heading to Ann Arbor

After a second-place finish at the SEC Championships last weekend, the Crimson Tide are riding a wave of momentum in the postseason. It’s the second straight season Alabama has taken the eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament which, by ranking, puts them as a favorite to make it to the NCAA Championships but it’s never as easy as it is on paper.

The Crimson Tide will travel north to Ann Arbor, Michigan. It will share a regional with host #9 Michigan and defending champion #1 Oklahoma.

The regional is separated into two pods before a regional final will feature the top two teams from both pods. Then the top two teams from the regional final will advance. Here are the teams competing in Ann Arbor.

  • #1 Oklahoma
  • #16 NC State
  • Ohio State
  • Illinois or Ball State
  • #8 Alabama
  • #9 Michigan
  • Kent State
  • Penn State

Alabama last won a team national championship in 2012, now enduring its longest title drought since it won its first one in 1988. The Crimson Tide is looking to make its return to the national championships after missing last season’s final.

Auburn Gymnastics Cassie Stevens
March 23, 2024: Auburn’s Cassie Stevens high fives her teammates after her beam routine during the 2024 SEC Gymnastics Championships at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA Kyle Okita/CSM (Credit Image: © Kyle Okita/Cal Sport Media) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Auburn set for trip to West Coast

The Tigers received the #14 overall seed and will have a long trip to make next week, heading to California for the Berkeley Regional. Auburn finished seventh in the SEC Championships by posting its lowest score since January.

But don’t worry Tiger fans, this team has proven to be capable enough to make it out of this regional. Auburn has lived above the 197 mark for a majority of the second half of the season including a season-high 197.725 in a win over Alabama at Neville Arena.

Auburn is the third highest ranked team in the regional. Here’s the full list of teams competing in California with the top two advancing to Fort Worth.

  • #6 Denver
  • #11 UCLA
  • Arizona State
  • Washington
  • #3 California
  • #14 Auburn
  • Stanford
  • Southern Utah or San Jose State

The Bracket

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Caleb Turrentine
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