DULUTH, Ga. -- For the first time in its storied history, Alabama gymnastics won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships after Alabama posted a 197.525 to edge LSU by less than a tenth of a point Saturday night.

The difference this year was that Alabama won its first postseason title without legendary coaches Sarah and David Patterson, who retired this past summer, and its first under head coach Dana Duckworth.

“We have talked all season about protecting the legacy and we did that tonight,” said Duckworth, who is in her 20th season with the Tide program. “This was classic Alabama, a total team performance with everyone lifting each other up to reach a common goal.”

Using the same rotation they did a year ago, Alabama posted a 49.275 on the uneven bars to close out the championship. LSU and Florida both kept things tight throughout the last rotation, but couldn’t close the gap. A year ago, it came down to Alabama’s last competitor on the uneven bars and Florida’s final floor exercise. Saturday Alabama’s fifth competitor on the uneven bars, junior Lauren Beers, closed out the Tigers and Gators with a 9.9.

Alabama 49.500 49.275 49.275 49.475 197.525
LSU 49.550 49.375 48.975 49.550 197.450
Florida 49.625 49.575 48.625 49.575 197.400
Auburn 49.300 49.150 49.400 49.075 196.925
Georgia 49.125 49.375 48.150 49.350 196.000
Arkansas 49.250 48.825 48.675 49.200 195.950
Missouri 48.850 49.000 48.775 49.075 195.700
Kentucky 48.875 48.575 48.275 49.300 195.025