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Gymnastics national championships this weekend

Alabama coach Sarah Patterson, center, talks with her team. Patterson became only the second college gymnastics coach to reach 1,000 wins last weekend with a victory at NCAA regionals that also launched the Crimson Tide to the national championship meet for the 32nd straight year. (AP Photo)

Alabama coach Sarah Patterson, center, talks with her team. Patterson became only the second college gymnastics coach to reach 1,000 wins last weekend with a victory at NCAA regionals that also launched the Crimson Tide to the national championship meet for the 32nd straight year. (AP Photo)

The Alabama gymnastics team competes for the NCAA title tonight in Birmingham. A top-three finish in the six-team session moves the Crimson Tide into the final round Saturday.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough competition,” senior Kim Jacob said. “We are just going to go out and do our best. I think it’s a great matchup. Competing against Florida again, they are one of biggest competitors. We are ready for it.”

“We are going to go out there and show we are one of the top teams in the country,” junior Kaitlyn Clark said. “The goal is to win the national championship, but we want to show we are competitively great.”

“I think it will be the most competitive preliminary in the history of college gymnastics,” coach Sarah Patterson said. “You have a lot of coaches who are very successful in doing this. We are up against the best of the best.”

And check out my advance story on the meet in Friday’s TimesDaily and Decatur Daily. It’s a look at the legacy Patterson has created with the Crimson Tide.

Ffans cheer at an Alabama gymnastics meet at Coleman Coliseum.  Alabama gymnastics was a struggling program with a tiny fan base when coach Sarah Patterson took over in 1979. (AP Photo)

Ffans cheer at an Alabama gymnastics meet at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama gymnastics was a struggling program with a tiny fan base when coach Sarah Patterson took over in 1979. (AP Photo)

Gymnastics in NCAA night session

Alabama celebrates as they win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama celebrates as they win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

The Alabama gymnastics team will compete in the evening session of the NCAA Championships Semifinals at 7 p.m. on April 18 in the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center (BJCC).

Alabama, which won its eighth SEC title at the BJCC last month, advanced to its 32nd consecutive NCAA Championships on Saturday by winning its NCAA-best 29th regional championship in Seattle.

“I can tell you that even after more than 30 years, advancing to the NCAA Championships never gets old,” coach Sarah Patterson said. “Our goal every year is to be on the floor of the national championships with a chance to win. This is the next step toward that goal.”

The Crimson Tide will face last year’s NCAA Champion Florida and past champions Utah and UCLA along with Penn State and Nebraska. LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan and Illinois compete in the first semifinal session on starting at 1 p.m.

The top-three teams from each semifinal will advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Final, which gets underway at 6 p.m., April 19.

“We had such amazing support from our fans at the SEC Championships and that gave our ladies a tremendous boost,” Patterson said. “We’re looking forward to returning to Birmingham and competing for a national title in front of the best fans in the nation.”

Alabama will start the semifinal session on a bye before starting competition on the uneven bars, the same rotation the Tide followed in Saturday’s regional championships.

This is the fifth time  the NCAA Championships have been in the state of Alabama. The 1991, 1996 and 2002 championships were in Tuscaloosa, while the 2005 championships were hosted in Auburn. Alabama won the 1991, 1996 and 2002 championships and was second in 2005.

Tide gymnasts headed to nationals

Alabama's Kaitlyn Clark sticks her landing on the bars during the Southeastern Conference Women's Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama’s Kaitlyn Clark sticks her landing on the bars during the Southeastern Conference Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

The Alabama gymnastics team won its NCAA-best 29th regional championship Saturday night in Seattle, outscoring second-place Nebraska 197.550-196.975. Both schools advance to the NCAA Championships which will be held April 18-22 in Birmingham.

Alabama started off with a 49.300 on the uneven bars led by senior Kim Jacob‘s 9.9 before moving to the balance beam were matching 9.9s from Jacob and freshman Aja Sims paced the Crimson Tide to a 49.325 team mark. On the floor exercise senior Diandra Milliner led Alabama to a 49.325 with a 9.900.

Alabama dominated the vault, scoring a 49.600 behind a 9.95 from sophomore Lauren Beers and 9.9 or better scores from freshman Katie Bailey, junior Kaitlyn Clark, Jacob and Milliner.

Alabama advances to the NCAA Championships finals for the 32nd year in a row, the second-longest streak in the history of collegiate gymnastics.

The victory also gave coach Sarah Patterson the 1,000th win of her career. Patterson is only the second coach in collegiate gymnastics to earn 1,000 wins and she is the fastest to a 1,000, notching the total in the 12th meet of her 36th year.

Gymnastics in Seattle Regional

Kaitlyn Clark, center, celebrates after scoring a 9.975 on the bars helping to edge out Florida to win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Kaitlyn Clark, center, celebrates after scoring a 9.975 on the bars helping to edge out Florida to win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

The Alabama gymnastics team heads to Seattle on Saturday for its NCAA regional. A top-two finish there sends the Crimson Tide back to Birmingham for the national championships April 18-20.

Alabama is the No. 1 seed and has won an NCAA-best 28 regional titles. The Crimson Tide has also advanced to the NCAA meets 31 years in a row.

Alabama will be joined by No. 2 seed Nebraska, No. 3 Boise State, host-school Washington, Denver and BYU. As long as there’s no complete meltdown the Tide should advance.

Alabama starts the regional on a bye before starting competition on the uneven bars. From there, Alabama will move to the balance beam before going to the second of two byes. The Tide then goes to the floor exercise and finishes on vault.

Alabama celebrates after winning the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama celebrates after winning the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama wins SEC gymnastics title

Alabama celebrates as they win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama celebrates as they win the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo)

BIRMINGHAM — The Alabama gymnastics team won a dramatic meet to claim the SEC Championship.

The Crimson Tide passed Flordia in the final rotation to score a 197.875. Read more about that in my Sunday story in the Decatur Daily and TimesDaily.

It was a pretty good crowd at the BJCC arena with it a little more than full for the second session. The atmosphere was electric at times.

Of course, it was mostly an Alabama crowd. The Crimson Tide should be back here for the NCAA meet and it should be even more festive. People will be back from spring break.

Judging was generous — expected at this time of year — but not over the top. The top three teams all looked like national championship contenders.

Now they hope to go into their regional strong and come back here in a month. Regional destinations will be announced Monday.

Check out the videos of Sarah DeMeo on the bars above and Aja Sims on the bars below. 

SEC gymnastics today

Lora Leigh Frost and the Crimson Tide head to the SEC championships.

Lora Leigh Frost and the Crimson Tide head to the SEC championships.

The SEC Gymnastics Championship serves as a national championship meet warmup again.

Six of the nation’s top-15 teams, including four in the top-six, are featured in Saturday’s event at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center Arena.

Last year’s national champion Florida headlines ranked No. 1 in the nation, with No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia capable of victory. All four teams are in the second session of the day at 6 p.m.

Florida and Alabama have had a lock on this meet the last five years with the Crimson Tide winning in 2009 and 2011, while the Gators have won the other years.

“For the last six years, this has been the best preparation putting our conference in a position to be successful at he NCAA championships,” Alabama coach Sarah Patterson said. “If we compete here you’ll do well at the national championships. You can finish fourth at the SEC and still win the NCAAs.”

The first session contains two ranked teams with No. 12 Auburn and No. 15 Arkansas. Missouri and Kentucky complete the group.

“We are excited to get to the SEC championships,” Auburn coach Jeff Graba said. “It’s one of the premier events in the nation. We have a young team and had a lot of adversity. We have the talent to compete there. We are excited to get there and show what we are made of. The competition is a dog fight. It prepares our girls for the postseason better than any event possible.”

The second session is a high concentration of talent since three of the five programs to ever win national championships come from the SEC with Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The SEC has won eight of the last nine NCAA titles, including the last three. The Crimson Tide last won in 2011 and 2012.

Alabama defeated Florida and Georgia at home this season, and lost to LSU on the road. While this may be consider a neutral site, it’s in the Crimson Tide’s backyard.

“Everybody beat up on each other,” Patterson said. “I just feel the team is confident and we are getting better with each meet. I feel like that first loss at LSU helped propel our team and move us forward. So my feeling is to be the best at the end of the season.”

Alabama has won seven SEC tournaments with the last being in 2011. There have been 57 individual titles, including Diandra Milliner‘s floor routine last year that scored a 9.950.

This is the sixth time the conference meet has been in Birmingham. The last time was in 2011 when Alabama won. The Crimson Tide has won the meet in Birmingham twice and came in second three times.

“The challenge for us is not holding back,” Milliner said. “We don’t want to get tight in the SECs because if we tighten up it will hold us back from what we can do. We have to stay focused on what we are doing on the floor.”

The conference coaches voted to have the event in Birmingham this year because the national championships will be at the same site on April 18-20.

Being able to compete there four weeks earlier will help the teams that qualify.

“Th competition on the (raised) podium and exposure to the equipment, it prepares us to be the best,” Patterson said. “That’s why the conference has been successful. (Being in Birmingham) was the best move for all of us. Everything will be the same. We’ll have a dry run.”

Eight of the nation’s top-10 all-around performers are in the meet, including the top three in Florida’s Bridget Sloan, LSU’s Rheagan Courville and Arkansas’ Katherine Grable.

Alabama is ranked third nationally on the balance beam, fourth on the vault, sixth on the floor exercise and eighth on the uneven bars.

Kim Jacob and Katie Bailey are tied at No. 20 in the all-around. Jacob is ranked 14th and Aja Sims 18th on the balance beam. Lauren Beers is ranked seventh on the vault and Milliner is ninth.

While the meet carries serious bragging rights for the conference, it’s also the last event where scores are calculated into the regional qualifying scores that go into team rankings that determine regional seeding.

“This is the meet we all want to win,” junior Kaitlyn Clark said.

Regional destinations will be determined for the teams after this meet with Alabama and Auburn both going on the road. NCAA qualifications happen at the regional with a top two finish.

“It’s not the (SEC) meet that propels you to the NCAA championships, so it’s the bragging rights (on the line),” Patterson said. “It’s the SEC championship and it’s the ring.”

Gymnastics ranked headed into SEC meet

Lora Leigh Frost and the Crimson Tide head into the SEC meet ranked No. 4 in the country.

Lora Leigh Frost and the Crimson Tide head into the SEC meet ranked No. 4 in the country.

The Alabama gymnastics team is ranked No. 4 heading into this weekend’s SEC  Championships on Saturday at the BJCC in Birmingham.

Florida jumped to the top spot this week, while LSU fell to No. 2 and Oklahoma remained at No. 3.  With the Crimson Tide at No. 4, Utah is at No. 5 and Georgia at No. 6.

Alabama is ranked third on the balance beam, fourth on the vault, sixth on the floor exercise, and eighth on the uneven bars.

Kim Jacob and freshman Katie Bailey are tied at No. 20 in the all-around.  Jacob is also ranked 14th and Aja Sims is 18th on the balance beam. Lauren Beers is ranked seventh on the vault while senior Diandra Milliner is ninth.

Check out the meet highlights below from Friday night when the Crimson Tide defeated Auburn in the final regular season meet of the season.

Alabama beats Auburn again in gymnastics

Instead of the heated rivalry, it turned into a final warmup for the postseason. The fourth-ranked Alabama gymnastics team cruised to its 109th straight victory over No. 11 Auburn to conclude the regular season Friday night before a crowd of 13,089 in Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide scored big again, 197.925-196.175, dominating the meet from start to finish. That was the second highest score of the year for Alabama.

Kaitlyn Clark‘s victory on the balance beam was the meet highlight since she scored a 10.0. That’s the second week in a row a member of the Crimson Tide had a 10.0. Diandra Milliner scored one on the vault against Stanford.

“It’s indescribable,” Clark said. “My team was there for me and pushed me. I try not to focus on the score. I tried to stay calm in my Zen mode.”

Alabama (10-3, 7-1) also celebrated its five seniors Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Kim Jacob and Milliner in their final home meet. They went 31-0 in their career at home.

“There are so many things that happened tonight,” coach Sarah Patterson said. “It was an emotional night. We held the emotions back to be competitive. We weren’t perfect tonight, but the judging was great. It was championship judging.”

Jacob won the all-around with a score of 39.625, while teammate Katie Bailey was third with a 39.400. Auburn’s only all-arounder Caitlin Atkinson scored a 39.525 for second.

Milliner won the vault and floor exercise, both with scores of 9.95, and Aja Sims won the uneven bars with a 9.90.

The team’s balance beam score of 49.650 was the highest in the nation this season. Clark’s 10.0 was the sixth on the event in program history, and first since 2003.

“It’s really hard to get,” Patterson said of a 10.0 on the beam. “We made an adjustment in Kaitlyn’s routine and she continues to get better. She’s really powerful and tends to get too fast. Today was the perfect balance.”

The Crimson Tide now turns its attention to the SEC Championships on March 22 in Birmingham. Besides conference bragging rights, that’s the last meet where scores are used to tabulate the team rankings to seed the postseason and determine regional destinations.

Check out Clark’s 10.0 routine above. Jacob followed with a pretty good routine at 9.95. That one is below.

Gymnastics Iron Bowl II

Seniors Sarah DeMeo, Diandra Milliner, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Kim Jacob Photo by John Michael Simpson

Seniors Sarah DeMeo, Diandra Milliner, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Kim Jacob
Photo by John Michael Simpson

The No. 4-ranked Alabama gymnastics team concludes its home slate at 7:30 p.m. today with the second meet of the season against No. 11 Auburn.

The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers in the first meeting Jan. 14 at their place.

Alabama is coming off a school-record 198.250 against Stanford last Friday.

The Crimson Tide is ranked fourth in the vault and balance beam, and seventh on the uneven bars and floor exercise.

Diandra Milliner and Lauren Beers are both ranked ninth on the vault, while Kaitlyn Clark is No. 25.

Clark is also ranked 24th on the uneven bars along with Amanda Jetter. Kim Jacob is ranked 17th on the balance beam ,while freshman Aja Sims in ranked 21st.

The next meet after this one is the SEC Championships on March 22 in Birmingham.

Check out Milliner’s perfect vault below. She scored a 10.0. And check out the Stanford meet highlights further on below.

It will be Senior Night in Coleman Coliseum as the Crimson Tide honors Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Jacob and Milliner. This year’s seniors were freshmen and sophomores on the Crimson Tide’s 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championship teams and also led Alabama to the 2011 SEC Championship as well as a trio of NCAA Regional titles.

“There haven’t been many classes that have made as big an impact on our program as this one,”  coach Sarah Patterson said. “This class has been very instrumental in keeping us at a championship level, not only because of their competitiveness and what great athletes they are, but also because of the leadership they have shown from the very beginning.”

The seniors are undefeated at home going into Friday’s meet, tallying a 30-0-0 record in Coleman Coliseum, which is part of a larger 44-0 streak going back to the middle of the 2009 season.

“Sometimes you’ll have a class come in and you’re not necessarily dependent on them to compete but this year’s seniors, without them we wouldn’t have been successful,” Patterson said. “Not only did they compete as freshmen, but they dominated our lineup.”

Alabama tops Stanford in gymnastics with a 10.0

It was a given the Alabama gymnastics team would defeat Stanford at home Friday night. The Crimson Tide, however, won easily 198.250-196.300.

What was shocking was Diandra Milliner earned a 10.0 on the vault. It was a good vault, but 10.0s are rare. They are even rarer this early in the season.

10.0s are usually held until the finals. The reason is, what if Milliner does an even better vault. What do you give then?

Anyway, here are Alabama’s results. And check out Sarah DeMeo on the vault above and Kaitlyn Clark below. Also of note, Decatur’s Lora Leigh Frost made the floor exercise lineup and electrified the crowd.

Vault (season-high 49.625) 1. Diandra Milliner 10.0, 2. Lauren Beers 9.950, 3. Kaitlyn Clark 9.925, 4. Sarah DeMeo 9.875, 4. Keely McNeer 9.875, 6. Katie Bailey 9.850.

Bars (season-high 49.525) 1.Kaitlyn Clark 9.950, 2. Kim Jacob 9.925, 2. 9.925, 4. Aja Sims 9.875, 5. Sarah DeMeo 9.850, 5. Katie Bailey 9.850.

Beam (season-high 49.425) 1. Kaitlyn Clark 9.950, 2. Aja Sims 9.900, 3. Katie Bailey 9.875, 3. Kim Jacob 9.875, 5. Amanda Jeter 9.825, 6. Diandra Milliner 9.225.

Floor (season-high 49.675) 1. Amanda Jetter 9.950, 1. Lauren Beers 9.950, 3. Aja Sims 9.925, 3. Lora Leigh Frost 9.925, 3. Kim Jacob 9.925, 3. Diandra Milliner 9.925.

Another big gymnastics meet

Alabama Gymnastics vs Florida. Photo by Kent Gidley

Alabama Gymnastics vs Florida. Photo by Kent Gidley

The No. 4-ranked Alabama gymnastics team takes on No. 10 Stanford 7:30 p.m. today in Coleman Coliseum.

The Crimson Tide comes into the meet after posting a season-best 197.675 to beat previously undefeated Florida last Friday, but the season gets no easier with the West Coast powerhouse Cardinal.

Alabama is led by All-American seniors Kim Jacob and Diandra Milliner. Jacob posted a 9.925 on the uneven bars and a 9.950 on the floor exercise against Florida, taking first in both events.

Milliner posted a 9.9 on the vault as well as a 9.950 on the floor exercise to end the competition, tying for first place on the floor exercise and clinching the Tide’s win.

Stanford is coming off of a win at home against Cal, improving their record to 13-2. Stanford is led by redshirt junior Kristina Vaculik who is ranked 9th on the uneven bars and 15th on the floor exercise. 

Looking at the gymnastics win

Lora Leigh Frost performed an exhibition on the floor against Florida.

Lora Leigh Frost performed an exhibition on the floor against Florida.

Instead of a crisp display of top-five teams, it turned into a battle of attrition.

The fourth-ranked Alabama gymnastics team overcame three falls that didn’t count to defeat SEC rival No. 3 Florida 197.675-197.400 on Friday night before a crowd of 12,301 in Coleman Coliseum.

Neither program was sharp with an exchange of falls and wobbles. The Crimson Tide (8-3, 6-1) won it on the final rotation with solid floor exercise routines and the Gators (7-1, 5-1) lost it with a sloppy balance beam showing.

Alabama event winners were Kim Jacob on uneven bars (9.925), Kaitlyn Clark on balance beam (9.925) and Diandra Milliner and Jacob on the floor exercise (9.950).

“I wanted our team on the floor head-to-head with the team I think is the top team in the country,” coach Sarah Patterson said. “With some of the adversity we’ve faced, I felt going head-to-head in this great environment would show our ladies how far we’ve come this season. If we continue to go down this same path we can compete with anyone.”

The teams were tied at 49.425 after the first rotation when Alabama started on the vault and the Gators on the uneven bars. They were still tied at 98.85 at the midpoint after switching events.

Nothing changed after three rotations when Alabama went to the balance beam and Florida to the floor exercise. They were still tied at 148.250.

“It was really exciting,” Milliner said. “I love hearing the crowd cheer that loud. There’s no place like Coleman Coliseum.”

Alabama could have put away the meet after the third rotation on the beam, but Jacob, the anchor, fell when she was set up for a big score. The Crimson Tide still scored a season-high 49.400 on the event.

Senior all-around gymnast Sarah DeMeo missed her second straight competition due to a concussion suffered in practice. She was cleared and Patterson hoped to get her in a lineup or two, but at the last minute didn’t want to risk her safety until she is fully healthy.

Decatur’s Lora Leigh Frost performed an exhibition on the floor exercise as she continues to compete for a lineup spot.

NOTES: After beating Florida at home, Alabama’s home win streak stretches over five years to 43-0 dating back to the midway point of the 2009 season. … In regular-season competition, Alabama’s seniors are 37-7-1 overall and 22-4-1 in SEC competition dating back to the start of the 2011 season. The Tide is 105-13-1 over that span when including postseason competition.

Alabama defeats Florida in gymnastics

The No. 4 Alabama gymnastics team defeated No. 3 Florida 197.675-197.400 on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.

It wasn’t a pretty meet, but the Crimson Tide was definitely better overall. The Gators choked it away on the balance beam, while Alabama finished strong on the floor.

Check out Alabama’s full results below, and check out the video of Kim Jacob on the uneven bars above. It was the event winner.

Vault (49.425) 1. Lauren Beers 9.925, 2. Diandra Milliner 9.900, 2. Kaitlyn Clark 9.900, 4. Katie Bailey 9.850, 4. Kim Jacob 9.850, 6. Dominique Pegg 9.825.

Uneven bars (49.425) 1. Kim Jacob 9.925, 1. Amanda Jetter 9.925, 3. Kaitlyn Clark 9.900, 4. Katie Bailey 9.850, 5. Aja Sims 9.825, 6. Diandra Milliner 9.200.

Balance beam (148.250) 1. Kaitlyn Clark 9.925, 2. Aja Sims 9.900, 3. Diandra Milliner 9.875, 3. Katie Bailey 9.875, 5. Amanda Jetter 9.825, 6. Kim Jacob 9.400.

Floor Exercise (49.425) 1. Kim Jacob 9.950, 1. Diandra Milliner 9.950, 3. Aja Sims 9.875, 4. Lauren Beers 9.850, 5. Amanda Jetter 9.800, 6. Katie Bailey 9.300.

Gymnastics showdown tonight

Lauren Beers vs.  Georgia. Photo by Amelia J. Brackin

Lauren Beers vs. Georgia. Photo by Amelia J. Brackin

First off, check out my story in the Decatur Daily about Lora Leigh Frost, and how she’s helping the Alabama gymnastics team.

The No. 6-ranked Crimson Tide faces No. 3 Florida, last year’s national champion, in a home meet tonight at 7 p.m.

It’s kind of a revenge meet for Alabama after last year’s national championship meet. It’s not like teams go against each other in gymnastics, but it still stings seeing someone celebrate after getting so close.

“Florida is one of biggest competitors every year, and we look forward to competing against them,” senior Kim Jacob said. “It brings out the best in both the teams.”

“The biggest thing is they are the defending national champions now,” coach Sarah Patterson. “The last three-four years they were the team with the most talent and could have won the national championship. Once they conquered that and won last year, they are a great program.”

Coming home

The Crimson Tide has three straight home meets to finish off the regular season starting tonight. Stanford comes to town next week and then Auburn the following week.

“What we are looking forward to is returning home,” Patterson said. “The competition is equally high or higher with the Florida Gators. With these three weeks at home, it give us the opportunity to be in a great comfort zone to make upgrades to our routines, changes, difference in the lineups. Anything we are going to do, we have a three-week window before the championship season starts.”

“It’s a great way to finish off the season,” Jacob said. “We get to have our fan bas here. I wouldn’t want it any other way, being able to compete here three times in a row at the end.”

Home sweet home

The SEC Championships and national championships are going to be in Birmingham, which will turn into home meets. The only time Crimson Tide heads out on the road from now on will be for the regionals.

“From a fatigue standpoint, it really works to our benefit,” Patterson said. “We’ll have one more meet on the road with regionals. The timing of it is good. Hopefully, we can capitalize on it with a great crowd.”

“This is the time where they are the more important meets,” Jacob said. “Early on we had to get our feet wet, get freshmen use to it and get good away scores. Now it’s time to hit our stride.”

DeMeo feeling better

Senior Sarah DeMeo (concussion) is feeling better and may compete in an event or two. She missed on a release on the uneven bars during practice and suffered a whiplash on the landing.

“She’s doing better, not 100 percent,” Patterson said. “These athletes want to go 100 percent of the time. We are just going to be really smart. I don’t want her to have any setbacks.”

Alabama vs. Georgia. Photo by Courtney Gage

Alabama vs. Georgia. Photo by Courtney Gage

Gymnastics rankings, honors and a serious injury

Kim Jacob is doing well for the gymnastics team.

Kim Jacob is doing well for the gymnastics team.

The Alabama gymnastics team is ranked third nationally in the first rankings of the  season, while the Crimson Tide leads the nation on the uneven bars after scoring a 49.475 in its season opener last Friday against Missouri.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 2 LSU, both of which are on Alabama’s schedule this season. Florida, who the Tide will host in Coleman Coliseum later this season, is tied with Utah for the No. 4 spot. Nebraska, which the Tide will face in Knoxville, Tenn., this Saturday, is tied with UCLA for No. 6. Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas, all of which the Tide will face this season, round out the top 10.

At this point in the season, gymnastics rankings are determined by season average. Alabama, which opened its season with a 197.150-193.425 win over Missouri, is ranked first on the uneven bars; fifth on the vault; sixth on the balance beam and seventh on the floor exercise.

Senior Kim Jacob was named the SEC co-Gymnast of the Week. She won the all-around, tying her career-best score, with a 39.525. Also won  uneven bars with a career-best 9.925 and the balance beam with 9.875. She won the balance beam, giving her three wins on the night, while finishing second with a 9.925 on the floor exercise.

She is ranked second in the all-around in the nation. Jacob is also ranked sixth on the floor exercise, 11th on the balance beam, and is tied for third on the uneven bars with freshman Amanda Jetter.

Senior Diandra Milliner is  second on the floor  after posting a 9.950, and fifth on the vault.  Freshman Katie Bailey is ranked ninth in the all-around and 17th on the uneven bars after her Crimson Tide debut. Senior Sarah DeMeo is ranked 19th on the vault while junior Kaitlyn Clark is ranked 10th on the uneven bars.

Bailey was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. She was second in the all-around with a score of 39.325, and Is the highest-ranked freshman in the nation in the all-around,  No. 9 overall.

Junior  Kayla Williams was ruled out for the season after partially tearing her Achilles’ tendon. Williams shined on vault and balance beam last season. She went down with the injury during warmups on the floor exercise before Friday’s meet.

Coleman Coliseum likes its gymnastics.

Coleman Coliseum likes its gymnastics.