Alabama Gymnasts In Power Of Pink

The Alabama-Kentucky gymnastics dual meet is an annual affair, with each team taking turns hosting, so the Wildcats are no strangers to Coleman Coliseum, but this Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. the meet will have a different look to it as Kentucky takes part in the Crimson Tide's annual Power of Pink meet for the first time.

"It's going to be a great event and a great competition," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "We had our best meet of the season last Friday, and we need to build on that and continue to improve."

Both Alabama and Kentucky will put aside their school colors for the night and don pink leotards to help build awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Wildcats are the fourth team to participate in The Power of Pink in Coleman Coliseum, following Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Arizona. Alabama is 11-0 when wearing its pink leotards, including six wins at home and five on the road.

Friday is also Alumni Night for the gymnastics program, with more than 60 alumni making the trip back to the Capstone, including the 1991 team, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its NCAA Championship. The 1991 title was Alabama's second national championship and the first of three won in front of the home crowd in Coleman Coliseum.

The current edition of the Tide is led by senior Kayla Hoffman and junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, who are ranked 10th and 15th nationally in the all-around. Alabama will be looking to get the night off to a strong start on the vault, where they are ranked second nationally before finishing off with a strong floor exercise set, where they are ranked third.

Kentucky has three athletes, Jasmine Minion, Andrea Mitchell and Phylicia Reshard ranked in the top 25 on the floor exercise where the Wildcats are ranked seventh. Whitney Rose, ranked 16th, leads a Kentucky vault lineup that is ranked 17th nationally.

The first 3,500 fans through the doors will receive a pink t-shirt courtesy of Tuscaloosa Toyota and 2,500 fans will receive a souvenir ticket commemorating the 1991 NCAA Championship team.

There will also be 5,000 pink shakers as well as several other giveaways during the meet, including iPads, 55-inch TVs, gift certificates and iPod Shuffles. In addition to those prizes, two UA students will go home with an iPad and eight more will win $50 gift certificates.

Tickets for the meet are available online at and through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum.

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