Alabama Gymnastics defeats Stanford with school career high score
The No. 4 ranked Alabama gymnastics team had a record breaking night in Coleman Coliseum tonight in front of 11,138 fans as they defeated No. 10 Stanford 198.250-196.300. Along with posting a school career high the Crimson Tide posted the highest score in the nation this season. Alabama is hitting on all cylinders at the right time of the season as its previous high score this season was 197.675 set last week against Florida. The previous school mark of 198.075 was recorded in 1996 when Alabama went on to win the NCAA Central Region Championship in Baton Rouge, La.
“I think it was rewarding to beat Florida, who I think of as the most talented team in the country, last week but then to not settle for that and to continue to make ourselves better.” UA head coach Sarah Patterson said.
Alabama began the night on the vault where Diandra Milliner recorded her second career perfect 10. The crowd erupted as the score was posted as well as coach Sarah Patterson who gave the senior a big hug. “It felt pretty dang good,” Milliner said, speaking to the routine and landing. Junior Kaitlyn Clark posted 9.925 on the vault, tying her career-best score, while sophomore Lauren Beers added a 9.95, tying her career best as well. The Tide’s vault total tied the fifth highest in school history.
The Tide then moved onto the uneven bars where they posted a 49.525, the seventh-best score in program history. Clark scored a career-best 9.95 while Jacob and Jetter added 9.925s and Sims posted a 9.875.
Alabama posted a season best 49.425 on the balance beam after responding from a fall in the leadoff position. Clark led the charge with another career-best 9.95 while Sims posted a 9.9 on the balance beam while Jacob and freshman Katie Bailey both tallied 9.875s.
The crushing blow by the Crimson Tide, although the meet was never really in doubt, came in the fourth and final rotation where Alabama closed with the No. 2 floor score in school history (49.675). The Tide posted six scores of 9.925 or better, including career-best 9.95s from Beers and freshman Amanda Jetter. Freshman Aja Sims and junior Lora Leigh Frost led off with career-best 9.925s, which Jacob and Milliner matched with their routines.
“I think now as we get towards a championship season this team now has the confidence in themselves to know that on any given night we can do this” Patterson said
Alabama closes out the regular season next Friday at home against the Auburn Tigers.
Alabama’s Top Individual Finishers:
Event Gymnast Place Score
Vault Diandra Milliner 1st 10.000
Uneven Bars Kaitlyn Clark 1st 9.950
Balance Beam Kaitlyn Clark 1st 9.950
Floor Exercise Amanda Jetter 1st 9.950
Lauren Beers 1st 9.950
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