Alabama Gymnastics Beaten At LSU
"We had a good meet tonight," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "We're improving each week and this was a good road score, but you have to give credit to LSU, they are competing at a championship level right now."
It marks the first time Alabama has fallen to the Tigers during either the regular or postseason since Feb. 5, 2010 in a dual meet in Baton Rouge. It also marked the second year in a row that the Tide has drawn a large crowd in the PMAC. This year's total was the second largest in LSU history after last year's Tide and Tiger showdown drew a Tiger school record 8,574 fans.
Senior Sarah DeMeo led the Tide with a 39.450 in the all-around, tying her career-best score. Junior Kaitlyn Clark also had a big night, tying her career-high of 9.9 on the uneven bars and a posting a career-best 9.925 on the vault to lead Alabama on both apparatus.
"That was the best all-around performance in Sarah DeMeo's career," Patterson said. "And Kaitlyn made some mistakes in warm-up and I talked to her about the mental corrections she needed to make and she went out there and did it."
Alabama finished off the night with a 49.275 on the balance beam led by a 9.925 from senior Kim Jacob. Clark led the Crimson Tide to a 49.125 on the uneven bars with a 9.9 while DeMeo got the night started with a 9.85 on the uneven bars. Clark came right back after the uneven bars and scored a career-best 9.925 to lead the Tide off on the vault, pacing the squad to 49.300. DeMeo and Jacob both posted 9.875s on the floor exercise, pushing the Tide to a 49.125 team mark.
The Tide returns home for it next meet in a battle of champions between six-time NCAA Champion Alabama and 10-time champion Georgia, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262), located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, and online at RollTide.com.
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