HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The No. 6 Alabama gymnastics team continued the Crimson Tide's legacy as a "Championship School" on Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., winning its 10th Southeastern Conference Championship with a season-best 197.875.
The Crimson Tide was on fire from the start, and with the meet in the balance, closed with a 49.450 on the balance beam to hold off second-place LSU Tigers. In addition to being the Crimson Tide's 10th overall, it is the second under head coach Dana Duckworth.
Alabama was led by sophomore Luisa Blanco, who won the all-around with a 39.800, and Lexi Graber, who posted a 39.575 to take third in the all-around. Blanco also won a share of the vault, uneven bars, and balance beam. Blanco shared the bars title with freshman Shania Adams and sophomore Makarri Doggette and the beam title with Graber.
The Tide started off on the floor exercise, posting a 49.450 before rotating to vault where it tallied its best score in more than five years, going 49.550. A strong 49.425 on the uneven bars put the championship within reach. Alabama went to the balance beam and closed out the meet and the Tigers.