Tide Vs. Arkansas In Power Of Pink

A part of athletics is the keeping of statistics with baseball probably the ultimate. But Alabama gymnastics is not to be out-done. Consider that the Crimson Tide has hosted nine "Power of Pink" events in Coleman Coliseum. Bama has also faced 11 teams in "Pink" meets on the road. Alabama is a perfect 20-0 when wearing pink leotards.

Anyone on the Alabama campus this week would have had the opportunity to see pink. Lights around Coleman Coliseum and the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza as well as other locations were in pink, signifying that Crimson Tide gymnastics will have its annual "Power of Pink" meet.

In a meeting of top ten teams, seventh-ranked Alabama will host number ten Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. today (Friday, Jan. 24) in Coleman Coliseum.

"I think this is a meet that everyone looks forward to all year," UA Coach Sarah Patterson said. "It's such an amazing event and it's always a great meet. This Friday will be no different."

Alabama returns home after its first road meet of the season with a 2-1-0 mark overall and a 2-0-0 record in Southeastern Conference competition while Arkansas is 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the SEC. The Tide is led by senior Kim Jacob and freshman Katie Bailey who are both ranked in the top-25 nationally in the all-around.

The Razorbacks, mentored by co-head coaches Mark Cook and Rene Lyst, are led by senior Katherine Grable, the nation's No. 1 ranked all-arounder. Both teams opened SEC competition with wins over Missouri.

Alabama and Arkansas last met in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships, when Alabama won the evening session with a 197.350 and Arkansas was sixth with a 196.150. The Tide and Razorbacks last met in the regular season when they tied in Fayetteville on Feb. 22, 2013 with matching 197.100 scores. It was the fifth tie in the Tide's 39-year history and the Razorbacks' fourth in 11 seasons.

Both teams will set aside their school colors for the night and will compete in pink leotards in conjunction with Sarah Patterson's Power of Pink initiative to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Prior to the meet 17 breast cancer survivors will be introduced along with the Tide gymnasts. In a first, freshman Dominique Pegg will be introduced with her mother, Cat Parker, who is a one-year survivor.

The Tide will also present a check for $108,900 to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund which was founded to support Patterson's initiative and help disadvantaged women in the West Alabama community. Another check, representing the entire $1.45 million that has been raised for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund over the past decade will also be presented prior to the meet.

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