March 14, 2014
|Vault||Uneven Bars||Balance Beam||Floor Exercise||Total|
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 4 ranked Alabama gymnastics team beat No. 11 Auburn in Coleman Coliseum Friday on Senior Night, 197.925-196.175, in front of a 13,089 fans.
Senior Kim Jacob closed out her final meet in Coleman Coliseum with a career-best 39.625 to win the all-around while freshman Katie Bailey was third with a career-best of her own, going 39.400. Jacob, along with classmates Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Linsdey Fowler and Diandra Milliner were honored during pre-meet introductions and post meet with a shower of confetti. The senior five finished off their Coleman Coliseum careers with a perfect 31-0 home mark.
After opening strong on its first two events, the Tide exploded on the balance beam, turning in a 49.650, the second highest score in school history, behind a 10.0 from junior Kaitlyn Clark. It was the Crimson Tide's second 10.0 of the season and the first on balance beam since 2003. Alabama also posted 9.95s on the balance beam from Jacob and freshman Aja Sims.
"Our balance beam performance was one of the best I've seen," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "That's where we are going to start at the SEC Championships so you definitely want to go out on the that note and close the regular season performing like that."
Clark's perfect mark is just the seventh Tide 10.0 on the balance beam and the first since Jeana Rice was perfect against Georgia 11 years ago.
"I just tried to stay in my rhythm and in my calm, Zen zone," Clark said. "I struggle with that. After I landed, I knew it was a pretty good beam routine and I was just really excited to help my team out."
Alabama followed the balance beam with a 49.500 on the floor exercise paced by Milliner's 9.95 in the anchor position. Freshman Amanda Jetter and sophomore Lauren Beers both chipped in 9.9s to the Tide's floor total.
"I'm quite an emotional person so it was kind of hard but you have to do what you have to do," Milliner said of the emotions of competing at home for the last time. "It's a meet and you still have to hold it together, so I think I did a pretty good job."
Alabama started the night with a 49.500 on the vault, led by Milliner's 9.95 in the anchor spot, while Jacob added a career-best 9.925 and Beers went 9.900. On the uneven bars, freshman Aja Sims posted a 9.900 to pace the Tide to a 49.275 team score. Jacob and Clark both added 9.875s to the Tide's uneven bars total.
With the regular season behind them, Alabama gets the postseason started with the SEC Championships on Saturday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center. Tickets are available now through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.
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