No. 4 Alabama Gymnastics Downs No. 12 Boise State, 196.925-196.675
The No. 4-ranked Alabama gymnastics team came away with a 196.925-196.675 win over No. 12 Boise State in Coleman Coliseum Friday night in front of 10,648 fans.
“Well I thought tonight was a bit of a battle,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “We definitely had ups and downs, but the girls kept fighting for every tenth and every routine and I was very proud of that. We made the decision to rest Kiana Winston, who has been a top all-arounder for us, and we still had a big score, which is very exciting.”
The crowd included Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin as well as a host of tiara-wearing little girls for Princess Night.
The Tide started the night with a 49.275 vault rotation led by senior Katie Bailey’s winning 9.925 as well as sophomore Abby Armbrecht’s career-best tying 9.875.
On uneven bars, the Tide tallied a 49.100, paced by a 9.875 from senior Amanda Jetter, good for the win, as well as 9.825s from senior Keely McNeer and freshman Shea Mahoney.
On the balance beam, the Tide scored a 49.150, behind junior Nickie Guerrero's 9.9. McNeer led off the Tide’s beam rotation with a 9.85, a score that Armbrecht matched for a career-best mark.
“This was my first time getting to compete (on the balance beam) in Coleman Coliseum, and the last time I competed beam the crowd was nowhere near this big,” Armbrecht said.
The Tide sealed the win on the floor exercise with a 49.400. Senior Aja Sims and freshman Maddie Desch both earned 9.925s, sharing top honors on the event, while sophomore Ari Guerra posted a 9.875. The score tied Desch’s career best and Guerra’s total tied her season high.
Alabama goes on the road for its next meet, traveling to Athens, Ga., on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.