Gymnasts Bust 97 In Downing Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 3 Alabama gymnastics team beat Big 10 rival and No. 9 ranked Michigan, 197.075-196.325 in front of 3,053 fans in Crisler Arena Friday night. It marks the fourth time in a row, including the last two weeks on the road, that the Crimson Tide has broken the 197 barrier.



"I thought we worked really hard tonight, and our team was real blue collar," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "I told the ladies to not even look at the scores because it was the performance that counted and we had some amazing performances."

Senior Kayla Hoffman tied with Michigan's Kylee Botterman for first in the all-around with a 49.450. Hoffman also won the uneven bars with a 9.9 from the anchor spot and shared top honors on the balance beam with freshman Sarah DeMeo, with both women scoring 9.9. Freshman Diandra Milliner scored a career-best 9.95 to win the vault.

"The only event that I felt we could have done better on was the floor exercise," Patterson said. "We chose to hold Geralen (Stack-Eaton) out and Diandra Milliner still isn't 100-percent, but anytime you go over 49 on all four events and you score better than 197 in an opponent's gym, I think you're doing a great job."

The Tide finished the meet off with another solid showing on the balance beam, posting a 4.250 behind Hoffman and DeMeo's 9.9 and 9.875 from freshman Kim Jacob.

Alabama got off to a solid start on the uneven bars, posting a 49.275 led by Hoffman's 9.9 in the anchor spot and a 9.875 from junior Geralen Stack-Eaton.

The Tide kept things rolling on the vault with a 49.425 led by Milliner's 9.95 and a trio of 9.875s from Stack-Eaton and sophomores Ashley Sledge and Marissa Guiterrez. It marked the seventh time in the past eight meets that the Tide has scored a 49.250 or better and its third mark of better than 49.4.

Hoffman and Guiterrez led the Tide on the floor exercise, turning in twin scores of 9.9 to lead the Tide to a 49.125.

Alabama returns home to Coleman Coliseum next Friday at 7:30 p.m. to close out its regular season against the LSU Tigers. Tickets are available online at RollTide.com or through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of the Coliseum.

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