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Alabama Gymnastics Beats Missouri in Season Opener, 196.450-192.025
Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise Total
Alabama 49.175 49.050 49.150 49.075 196.450
Missouri 48.625 47.450 47.250 48.700 192.025
Event Winners: Vault – Diandra Milliner, UA 9.925; Uneven Bars – Sarah DeMeo, UA 9.900; Balance Beam – Sarah DeMeo, UA, Kim Jacob, UA 9.9; Floor Exercise – Kim Jacob, UA 9.875; All-Around – Kim Jacob, UA 39.275
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama gymnastics team opened the 2013 season with a 196.450-192.025 win over No. 21 ranked Missouri. Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, is now 57-8-1 in season openers under Sarah and David Patterson, who are in their 35th season leading the Crimson Tide.
“I felt like we did a good job tonight, I didn’t feel like we were great, but I think that’s down the road,” UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. “We were pretty consistent, but we made little mistakes. For example, we hit all of our routines on the uneven bars, but we missed some handstands. We were just a little tight in some things like that.”
Alabama scored better than 49 on all four events and won all five individual titles. In her first all-around since her freshman year, junior All-American Kim Jacob won posted a 39.275 for the win.
In its first rotation, junior All-American Sarah DeMeo led the Tide to a 49.050 team score on the uneven bars with a 9.9. In addition to DeMeo’s winning score, senior All-Americans Ashley Sledge and Ashley Priess scored matching 9.925s to open and close the rotation.
Alabama came back on the vault and scored a 49.175 on the strength of junior All-American Diandra Milliner’s winning 9.925. Sophomore Kaitlyn Clark and All-American senior chipped in a pair of 9.825s to the Tide’s vault total.
On the floor exercise, junior All-American Kim Jacob won the event with a 9.875, pacing Alabama to a 49.075 team score. Sophomore Brooke Parker scored a career-best 9.825 while DeMeo and Milliner closed out the Tide’s set with matching 9.85s.
“We had a few mistakes on floor exercise, and that was the event that we had the most question marks about coming into the meet because that’s the event that is the hardest to get back into coming off the Christmas holidays,” Patterson said.
The Tide finished out the meet with a 49.150 on the balance beam, led by matching 9.9s from Jacob and DeMeo, which were the top scores on the event, while Milliner added a 9.8 to UA’s total.
“I really thought we did well on the balance beam,” Patterson said. “It was a good way to finish off the night and carry us into next week.”
Alabama returns to Tuscaloosa for its home opener Friday, Jan. 18 against the LSU Tigers. Season and single meet tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum and online at RollTide.com.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Congrats to the gymnasts on their win. We met three of them on MARTA in ATL enroute to the UGA game. Hard to find better representatives of the university anywhere. Very polite and respectful young ladies. They were all decked out in game jerseys ready to go.
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