In the video posted below, Alabama gymnasts celebrate their individual awards won in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional before celebrating the team win together. The win punched Alabama’s ticket to the NCAA semifinals in the pursuit of three-straight national championships.
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Gymnastics is one of few NCAA sports that is not predicated on wins and losses throughout the regular season, but on the scores the teams put up throughout the season. Luckily that is the case, as the Crimson Tide gymnastics team tied the Arkansas Razorbacks 197.100. Even further, the teams tied perfectly in all four events: 49.425 on vault, 49.175 on uneven bars, 49.150 on balance beam and a 49.350 on the floor exercise.
Alabama was led on the vault by a 9.95 from Marissa Gutierrez, who injured her ankle later in the meet on an awkward landing in the floor exercise. Sarah DeMeo’s 9.9 was not only the best for the Crimson Tide on the uneven bars, but a meet-high.
Alabama had three 9.9s on the balance beam, from DeMeo, Ashley Priess and Diandra Milliner. The trio tied with Arkansas’s Erin Freier to tie for the meet-high. Leading the Tide on floor exercise was Kim Jacob with a 9.9.
Alabama’s next meet will be at home against No. 6 UCLA.
Fifth-ranked Alabama fell on the road for the second straight week, losing at No. 1 Florida 198.100-196.850 in front of a crowd of 8,074 on Friday.
It was the Crimson Tide’s second highest score of the season and the Gators’ second highest score in school history. Alabama lost the previous week at Georgia.
For Alabama, Marissa Gutierrez won the vault with a 9.950, while Kim Jacob was third on the balance beam (9.875) and fifth on floor exercise (9.900). Sarah DeMeo was fifth on uneven bars (9.875).
The Crimson Tide returns home Feb. 15 to take on Auburn at 7:30 p.m.
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