Alabama's gymnastic team advances to NCAA Championship

LEXINGTON, KY – The Alabama Gymnastics team won the NCAA Central Regional Championship with a 197.4 at Memorial Coliseum Saturday night, finishing more than a point ahead of second place Nebraska's 195.875.

With the win, Crimson Tide has now won an NCAA-best 25 regional titles and advances to its 28th consecutive NCAA Championship. Following Alabama and Nebraska, Illinois took third with a 195.425, Central Michigan was fourth at 195.125, host-school Kentucky was fifth at 194.975 and Michigan State rounded out the scoring with a 194.475.

Sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton won the all-around with a 39.55, the second highest score of her career, while classmate Ashley Priess was second with a 39.525, tying her season high.

Stack-Eaton and junior Kayla Hoffman tied for top honors on the vault. Stack-Eaton and senior Kassi Price tied for first on the uneven bars. Priess won the balance beam while senior Morgan Dennis won the floor exercise.

Alabama is advancing to its 28th consecutive NCAA Championships final site, the second longest streak in collegiate gymnastics history. The final site for this year's national championships are in Gainesville, Fla. in the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus. This marks the third time Gainesville has hosted the championships and the first since 1997.