Alabama Gymnasts Win At Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 5 ranked Alabama Gymnastics team used its best performance of the year to beat No. 4 Georgia, 197.675-197.225. It was the best score of the season for both teams and it marked the first time the Crimson Tide has beaten the Bulldogs in Athens since 2005. It was also the Tide's third straight win over UGA.

After starting strong, Alabama closed out the night on fire, scoring a 49.525, the fourth highest score in school history, to put away the Bulldogs. Senior Kayla Hoffman led the way with a career-best 9.95 on the beam while junior Geralen Stack-Eaton closed out the night and Georgia by tying her career-best with a 9.925.

Hoffman also won the all-around with a career-best 39.675, which ties the highest total in the nation this season, while Stack-Eaton was second with a 39.650.

Alabama started strong with a 39.325 on the uneven bars, just five-hundredths of a point off its season high led by 9.925s from Stack-Eaton and Hoffman. The Tide tied its season-high of 49.5 on the vault, led by 9.925s from sophomore Ashley Sledge and Stack-Eaton. Alabama was ahead by a quarter of a point heading into the second half of the meet. On the floor exercise, sophomore Marissa Gutierrez led the way with a career-best 9.925, boosting the Tide's total to 49.325.

Coach Sarah Patterson's Alabama team stays on the road next weekend, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Michigan Wolverines.

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