Tide Gymnasts Face Nebraska, Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The third-ranked Alabama gymnastics team takes to the road for its second meet of the season, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., where it will face No. 6 Nebraska and No. 17 Kentucky in the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (7 central time) in the Knoxville Convention Center.

"We opened the season at home with such a great performance," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "Now we have to take that performance and build on it. We have to continue moving forward and getting better."

Fans can follow all the action via the Crimson Tide's Meet Central page that is located on the main gymnastics page of RollTide.com. Links include live scoring and WVUA-FM's radio broadcast featuring Rich Robinson and Leesa Davis, as well as online meet commentary by Jan Davis.

Alabama's second meet of the season will also be its only Saturday meet of the 2014 regular season. It will also be one of only two meets during the regular season where the Tide will compete against more than one other team.

"We'll start on the uneven bars on Saturday and end on the vault," Patterson said. "It will give our freshman a better idea of what it will be like during the championship season when we could start on any event and all the events are going on at one time instead of alternating routines one at a time. With so many freshmen, it's good to experience that early."

This will be the Crimson Tide's first trip to Knoxville despite the fact it is home to fellow SEC member the University of Tennessee.

"This is Kentucky's home meet and they chose to move it to Knoxville to have it conjunction with a big age group meet that they are having here this weekend," Patterson said. "There will be more than 3,000 club gymnasts in town for this meet.

Alabama comes into the weekend sporting a 1-0-0 on the season, after beating SEC rival Missouri last Friday in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide swept the competition winning all of the individual events and posting the top score on all four apparatus. Alabama posted its best score, a 49.475, on the uneven bars, ranking them first in the nation on that event.

Senior Kim Jacob took home the first all-around title of the season, tying her career best of 39.525. Jacobs also won the balance beam and tied for first on the uneven bars with UA freshman Amanda Jetter, posting a career-best 9.925. Diandra Milliner tallied a 9.950, the highest score of the night on any event, to win the floor exercise. The defending NCAA vault champion also took first on her first vault on the season with a 9.925.

Nebraska opened its season by beating Northern Illinois with a 196.625, which tied the Cornhuskers with UCLA for sixth place nationally. Kentucky comes into the Saturday's meet with a 3-0-0 record after winning a quad meet with Ball State, Penn State and West Virginia with a 195.000. It will be the first road contest for all three schools.

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