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.