The ladies in Crimson return for another go at National Championship number seven. Dana Duckworth is back at the helm for her second season as head coach and 21st with the Crimson Tide as a student-athlete, assistant or head coach.
The Tide was 11-3 in 2015 being crowned the SEC Champions, NCAA Regional Champions, and advanced to the NCAA National Championship Top 6 Finalist, placing fourth.
Gone is 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Kim Jacob but junior All-American Katie Bailey and senior Lauren Beers have picked up the baton.
Returning 2015 All-Americans:
Katie Bailey - Uneven Bars (1st team)
Lauren Beers - Vault (2nd), Floor Exercise (2nd), All-Around (2nd)
Carley Sims - Vault (2nd), Floor Exercise (2nd)
Keely McNeer - Balance Beam (2nd)
Mackenzie Brannan - Floor Exercise (2nd)
The preseason coaches’ poll has Alabama ranked third behind Oklahoma and Florida.
The Crimson Tide will have an early test as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the #6 Bruins on Sunday afternoon. The meet can be seen on the Pac 12 Network.
|2016 Alabama Gymnastics Schedule|
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|01/10/16||at UCLA||Los Angeles, Calif||2:00 p.m. PT|
|01/15/16||vs. Missouri||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||6:00 p.m. CT|
|01/17/16||vs. Auburn||Birmingham, Ala.||3:00 p.m. CT|
|01/22/16||vs. Arkansas||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||6:00 p.m. CT|
|01/29/16||vs. Florida||Gainesville, Fla.||7:00 p.m. ET|
|02/05/16||vs. Kentucky||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|02/12/16||at Auburn||Auburn, Ala.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|02/14/16||vs. West Virginia||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||3:00 p.m. CT|
|02/20/16||Penn State, Denver, Cornell||State College, Pa.||4:00 p.m. ET|
|02/26/16||vs. Georgia||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|03/04/16||at LSU||Baton Rouge, La.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|03/19/16||SEC Championships||North Little Rock, Ark.||TBA|
|04/02/16||NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||TBA|
|04/15/16||vs. NCAA Championships - Semifinals||Ft. Worth, Texas||TBA|
|04/16/16||vs. NCAA Championships - Super Six Team Finals||Ft. Worth, Texas||TBA|