The Crimson Tide gymnastics team came up short in the NCAA National Championship Semifinals Thursday afternoon. For the semifinals, there are six judges with the highest and lowest scores being dropped. The other four scores are then averaged.
Alabama gymnast Luisa Blanco competed the entire 2021 season with a torn labrum and a bicep tendonitis, but that didn't stop her from etching her name in the Alabama gymnastics record book. Blanco was a first-team All-American-All-Around, the 2021 NCAA balance beam champion, and won many other accolades in the 2021 season. She was also the first Bama gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 on the balance beam since Kaitlyn Clark in 2014, according to AL.com.
The Alabama woman’s gymnastics team competed at the 2021 NCAA championships this past weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Although Alabama as a team placed fifth, senior Lexi Graber and sophomore Luisa Blanco took home first in individual exercises.
The No. 8 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide took down two top-five ranked teams to win the SEC Championship in Huntsville, Alabama. Top ranked Florida and the fourth ranked LSU Tigers both came up short, finishing third and second respectively and head coach Dana Duckworth to claim the program's 10th SEC Championship.