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Alabama Gymnastics Comes Out Strong

No. 6 Alabama Gymnastics held their first home meet of the season tonight at Coleman Coliseum against No. 5 LSU.  Sarah Patterson is in her 35th season with the Tide while LSU head coach D-D Breaux is now in her 36th season with the Tigers which is the longest standing head coach in the SEC.  Prior to tonight’s meet Coach Patterson said “It’s going to be an exciting meet” and she wasn’t wrong.  Over the past few years Alabama and LSU has become very strong rivals in almost every sport between the two schools.

Both teams have started strong this season with wins at Missouri for Alabama and LSU’s upset of No. 3 Florida at home last weekend. Alabama was led by All-American juniors Kim Jacob, Sarah DeMeo and Diandra Milliner, while LSU was led by sophomores Rheagan Courville and Lloiminicia Hall, who are ranked third and ninth nationally, respectively.

The defending National Champions stayed on pace for another great season with a big win over LSU 196.575-195.525 in front of 13,912 fans.  Alabama moves to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC, while the Tigers fall to 2-1, and 1-1 in the SEC.

The Crimson beauties were eager to get out on the floor and prove what they can do.  Alabama took the vault in the first rotation where they built a strong 1-point lead over LSU.  Sophomore Kayla Williams and junior Diandra Milliner each posted scores of 9.925 to lead the way.  In the same rotation LSU fell on the uneven bars to fall behind 48.4 to 49.450.

In the second rotation Alabama built on the already commanding lead with Ashley Sledge, Ashley Priess and Sarah DeMeo each posting scores of 9.9 to give the Tide 49.325 on the uneven-bars.

The floor and balance beam were two areas where the gymnasts fell a little compared to last week at Missouri.  On the balance beam, Alabama scored a 49.050 with Jacob’s 9.875. The Tide closed things out with a 48.750 on the floor exercise, where Jacob and DeMeo scored 9.9s to keep the lead for Alabama and get the overall win.

Junior Kim Jacob led the way for the Crimson Tide, winning her second all-around in a row with a 39.375.

It’s the ninth-annual Power of Pink meet next Friday, Jan. 25 in Coleman Coliseum where the Alabama hosts Kentucky.

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