Alabama Gymnastics defeats Arkansas in Power of the Pink fashion
With Coleman Coliseum glowing pink outside and in front of a sold-out crowd (15,075) mostly dressed in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness the No. 7 Alabama Gymnastics team defeated No. 10 Arkansas with a decisive 197.125 – 196.100 victory. The meet marked the Crimson Tide’s 10th annual “Power of Pink” and Sarah Patterson’s team showed their power in dynamic style.
“I think this is a meet that everyone looks forward to all year,” UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. “It’s such an amazing event and it’s always a great meet.”
Pink night has become of the largest drawing events on Alabama’s campus outside of football and that didn’t just start this season. Alabama led the nation in 2013 in attendance for gymnastic meets with an average of 10,266 in 2013. Alabama Gymnastics are currently on pace to blow that out of the water by averaging 14,023 in 2014. “A lot of it has to do with this team. They’ve helped me,” Patterson said. “We’ve worked really hard to promote the events.”
Patterson has said that this team is a more “blue-collar” team, meaning that they are not afraid to work hard and put in the time to do what they need to do to improve. “We weren’t perfect tonight but we improved in a lot of different areas,” Alabama coach Sarah Patterson said. “I can’t be more proud of this team right now. We’re on pace to do what we need to do.”
Improve they did, after dropping to second place last week at the tri-meet in Knoxville and not scoring over 49 in each event the Tide had no issue doing that tonight. Alabama was probably the most consistent across all events against Arkansas scoring 49.300 in three events and 49.225 on the floor.
Senior Kim Jacob led the way for Alabama scoring 9.900 on the uneven bars and floor and a 9.925 on the balance beam, but it was Sarah DeMeo who won the All-Around with a total score of 39.400. DeMeo started off the entire meet with a bang for the Crimson Tide and a career best 9.925 on the vault while also scoring a 9.900 on the balance beam.
Seeing her first action in an Alabama “Pink” uniform was Dominique Pegg . She has been on campus for a little over 2 weeks now after competing for Canada in the 2012 Olympics she earned her way onto the rotation in a short time. “Dominique earned her way in,” Patterson said. “We have a lot of talent. As people earn their way, I’m going to give them opportunities. We’re trying to build depth, too.”
Prior to her debut performance on the vault, where she scored a 9.800, the Canadian escorted her mom and breast cancer survivor Cathi Parker to the stage to be introduced with 16 other breast cancer survivors, a Power of Pink tradition. Two checks were also presented prior to the meet, one for $108,900 to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund representing all the money raised this past year and one for $1.45 million, representing the total raised over the past decade.
Alabama travels to Baton Rouge next Friday to take on LSU.
Alabama Gymnastics Beats Arkansas, 197.125-196.100
Alabama 49.300 49.300 49.300 49.225 197.125
Arkansas 49.175 48.800 49.075 49.050 196.100
Alabama’s Top Individual Finishers:
All-Around Sarah DeMeo 2nd 39.400
Vault Sarah DeMeo 2nd 9.925
Uneven Bars Kim Jacob
Balance Beam Kim Jacob
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