The Alabama Crimson Tide swept all four events and the all around:
All Around: Kim Jacob – 39.275
Vault: Diandra Milliner – 9.925
Uneven Bars: Sarah DeMeo – 9.900
Balance Beam: Sarah DeMeo and Kim Jacob – 9.900
Floor Exercise: Kim Jacob – 9.875
A solid, impressive opening score for the Tide, which had a ton of new faces out there tonight on several events and had some successes and yet some areas to clean up. This is why the coaches needed that baseline – to see where everyone is and what they need to work on back in the gym over the next week to prepare for a tough LSU Tiger team at home in Coleman Coliseum.
Coach Patterson noted that some vets were not warming up crisply and were replaced in the line-up – this also sends a message that the coaches will not risk an injury if the “vault is not there” or the element on bars or floor is not there - and this also should help them return to the practice gym with determination to correct their technique so that these routines will be there in the next meet.
Coach Patterson noted in her interview here that the gymnasts on the floor exercise tonight have been ready and most consistent in practice. The others will have to earn their spot out there – to win at this level, they have to be pushed – and she feels that tonight this definitely happened. Freshmen tonight had 3 routines they competed and each routine had problems – this is how they come to understand what the coaches have been preparing them to expect all during Fall training. Coach feels Beers and Sims can have stellar routines on the floor and elsewhere, but they will need to continue training (and conditioning) hard to earn those spots. Nothing is assumed or given without hitting in the practice gym and then during the 15 and 3 minute warm-ups.
Kaitlyn Clark on the beam (exhibition) has been training super well but coaches wanted her to get one exhibition rep under her belt in front of a large crowd, and she did well. This is a routine they are banking on – coach expects it will be out in front of the home crowd next week.
The Missouri Tigers had a rough welcome into the SEC by their performance tonight but they are suffering from several injuries, one just experienced earlier this week in training, so they will hopefully be able to heal some of their athletes and make a better show of it later in the season.
We will be back live from Coleman Coliseum next Friday against the LSU Tigers. See you there Bama Nation!