Tide Gymnasts Host Auburn Friday Night

Following a legend has all manner of challenges. Alabama Gymnastics Coach Dana Duckworth faces one of those when the Crimson Tide hosts Auburn at 7 p.m. today in Coleman Coliseum.

When Sarah Patterson announced her retirement as Alabama’s coach last summer, it took several pages to list her many accomplishments in winning six national championships and producing many, many All-America performers. One that was not listed was one of the most remarkable in athletics.

Although Alabama vs. Auburn is considered a rivalry, it is hardly a rivalry is only one team is winning. The Crimson Tide has defeated the Tigers in 110 consecutive meetings. The rivalry continues Friday night with No. 6 Bama hosting No. 11 Auburn.

Friday marks the 120th meeting between the two schools and marks the longest continuous rivalry in Crimson Tide history, dating back 41 years to Jan. 25, 1975. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum and online at RollTide.com.

“Alabama-Auburn is one of the greatest state rivalries in the nation,” UA Coach Dana Duckworth said. “It doesn’t matter what it is, both sides are at their best when they meet in competition. One of the keys for us this week is embracing this wonderful rivalry and using it to fuel us.”

Alabama gymnastics and Auburn last met in the regular season on March 14, 2014, when the Tide came out on top 197.925-196.175. The two teams met again at the Southeastern Conference Championships where Alabama took first with a 197.875 and the Tigers were fifth with a score of 195.550.

The Tide is coming off a 196.7-195.625 win on the road at Kentucky last Friday, while Auburn beat Air Force at home 196.625-190.9 in its last meet.

Friday will be Youth Night in the Coliseum and those 12 and younger will receive $3 admission using the promotions code GYMYOU.

“We’re always excited when we get to meet and interact with our younger fans,” Duckworth said. “Some of our gymnasts grew up coming to our meets, sitting in the stands just like so many little girls will be this Friday, and now they’re living their dreams wearing the crimson and white of Alabama. Every dream starts somewhere.”


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