Alabama's Sledge Gymnast Of Week

It wasn't perfect, but it was very, very good. Alabama senior Ashley Sledge had three scores of 9.9 in helping the Crimson Tide to a gymnastics win over Auburn last week. For her performance, Sledge was named Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week.

"I'm very proud of Ashley," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "Prior to the Auburn meet, we talked about working for those extra half-tenths in her routines. She did just that and went out and moved forward on all three events Friday night.'

Sledge posted season-best scores of 9.9 on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise against Auburn, leading Alabama to a season-best 197.650. The Crimson Tide's total was the highest score in the nation last week.

The Fairview Heights, Ill., native's 9.9 on the floor exercise tied her career-high. Sledge's score on the floor helped push Alabama to a season-best 49.500 as a team. Her 9.9 on vault helped lead Alabama to a season-high 49.475.

Sledge and the rest of the No. 4 ranked Crimson Tide travels to Fayetteville, Ark. this week where they will take on No. 19 Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. CST. Alabama then returns home to face fifth-ranked UCLA on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are available now through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at

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