Alabama Gymnastics Makes it 106 Straight over Auburn
The No. 5 Alabama gymnastics team gets back on track in front of a sold out crowd at Coleman Coliseum tonight by beating No. 15 Auburn, 197.650-196.575. The Tide posted its highest overall score of the season and season-high scores on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise to post its 106th consecutive win over the Tigers.
“I’m just so proud of the ladies because I think this was the meet that we were looking for,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “We weren’t perfect, but they stepped it up on all levels. Before tonight, we had done that in practice, but we just hadn’t done it in competition yet. Tonight showed that this team can be one of the best in the country.”
The Tide started off very strong with a season-best 49.475 on the vault, led by 9.925s from Marissa Gutierrez and Diandra Milliner. Senior Ashley Sledge tacked on a score of 9.9 and freshman Lauren Beers added a 9.875.
Ashley Sledge led off on the uneven bars with a team-best 9.9, which contributed to a 49.250 team score. Junior Sarah DeMeo and senior Ashley Priess scored 9.875 and 9.85 respectively to finish off the rotation.
Alabama continued the dominance of the night with another season high score on the balance beam. The team summed a 49.425 with a trio of 9.9s from sophomore Kayla Williams, DeMeo and junior Kim Jacob. Priess added a 9.875 while sophomore Kaitlyn Clark added a 9.85.
Alabama finished strong with a rotation and season-best 49.5 on the floor exercise led by another set of 9.9s from Sledge, Milliner and Jacob. A phenomenal performance from Marissa Gutierrez led the way with a 9.925. With another 9.875 from Priess in the lead-off spot the Tide never looked back to finish out the meet.
Sarah Patterson’s team proved their toughness with the Tide’s best meet of the season. Multiple gymnasts were out due to sickness this week but they knew it was their in-state rival and they brought their best. “It was a tough week in practice, a couple of us were sick and people were just trying to push through and do what they need to do to prepare us for tonight and I think we did it,” Gutierrez said.
Alabama (4-2, 4-2 SEC) returns to action next Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. against Arkansas.
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