Gymnastics Duo Earns Southeastern Conference Honors

Jan. 14, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama gymnasts Kim Jacob and Katie Bailey both earned Southeastern Conference honors during the opening week of the 2014 season the league office announced Tuesday.

Jacob opened her senior season by leading Alabama to a win over Missouri with a 197.150, its highest opening meet score in Alabama school history. Jacob, who was honored with the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week, tied her career-best score with a 39.525 to win the all-around.

The Raleigh, N.C. native won the uneven bars with a career-best 9.925 and the balance beam with a 9.875. Her 9.925 on the uneven bars paced the Tide to a 49.475, its highest team score since the 2010 season and the highest team score in the nation this week. Jacob also won the balance beam against the Tigers, giving her three wins on the night while finishing second with a 9.925 on the floor exercise. Jacob is ranked second in the nation in the all-around, 3rd on the uneven bars, 6th on the floor exercise and 11th on the balance beam.

Bailey opened her Crimson Tide career by taking second in the all-around with a 39.325, making her the highest ranked freshmen in the nation in the all-around, checking in at No. 9 overall. She finished in the top five on all four apparatus, and was the top freshman finisher on three of four apparatus. In addition to ranking ninth in the all-around, Bailey is ranked 17th nationally on the uneven bars.

Alabama travels to Knoxville Friday, Jan. 18 to compete against No. 17 Kentucky and No. 6 Nebraska in the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic which will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center. Fans can keep up with the Tide via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.