Alabama Gymnastics beats Kentucky in Lexington, 196.650-194.250
LEXINGTON, KY -- The Alabama Gymnastics team scored a season-high 196.650 to beat Kentucky here in Memorial Coliseum tonight.
Alabama goes to 10-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in Southeastern Conference competition while The Wildcats, scoring a 194.250, suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 7-1-0, 1-1-0 SEC. The Crimson Tide have been road warriors to open the season, with four of its first five meets this season coming away from home.
“One of the most important things about tonight is that we moved forward in many areas,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “I think the stage is for a great meet next Friday night against the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. We’re excited to return home and be back in front of the nation’s best fans.”
After living on the road for the first half of the season, Alabama returns home for just its second home meet of the season on Feb. 10 against Georgia. It will be the first time the Bulldogs have been in Tuscaloosa since 2004. Tickets are available online at http://www.rolltide.com/ and at the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.
Sophomore Terin Humphrey, in her first all-around of the season, won it with a 39.375 after closing out the meet for the Tide by winning the balance beam with a 9.875.
“One of tonight’s highlights was the spark in Terin Humphrey’s performance,” Patterson said. “She competed in the all-around for the first time this season and over came some difficulties she had in vault and upgraded her floor routine as well. I think she’s starting to the fun back into gymnastics again this season.”
Senior Ashley Miles and freshman Brittany Magee shared top honors on the vault, scoring 9.95s. Miles also scored a 9.95 two win the floor exercise. Freshman Melanie Banville, a week after winning her first floor exercise title, came away with top honors on the uneven bars with a career-best 9.9.
“Brittany’s performance on all three events tonight was outstanding,” Patterson said. “Her vault was huge, she made some nice improvements on the floor and she is invaluable in the lead off position on balance beam.”
Freshman Cassie Martin posted a season-best 9.875 on the balance bars while Banville’s 9.9 was good for the win. Both marks were career highs for the rookies. The duo paced the Tide to a 49.100 as a team. Kentucky scored a 48.825 on the uneven bars.
“I thought our execution on the uneven bars was much better tonight,” Patterson said. “We’re starting to be able to focus on dismounts and handstands, things that are going to help our scores later in the season.”
Alabama matched its season high on the vault, scoring a 49.425 after back-to-back 9.95s from Miles and Magee. It was a career best for Magee. Sophomore Terin Humphrey scored a 9.875 on her first vault of the season while Banville and senior Dana Filetti both scored 9.825s. Kentucky scored a 48.750 on the vault.
Magee and freshman Cassie Martin posted twin 9.875s on the floor exercise before Miles capped the rotation with a 9.95. It was a career-best mark for Martin. Junior Erin Rightley and Humphrey both added 9.8s to the Tide’s 49.300 floor score. Kentucky scored a 48.275 on the floor.
“Cassie Martin made a big step forward tonight on her three events, and in particular the floor exercise where she’s struggled some this season,” Patterson said. “We took Melanie off floor exercise to give her a rest after four straight weeks of competition. We’re trying to do the smart things to keep us healthy down the road.”
Magee got the Tide started on the balance beam with a 9.85 while Humphrey closed things out with her 9.875. Rightley added a 9.85 to the Tide’s season-high 48.825. Kentucky posted a 48.400 on the balance beam.