Alabama Gymnastics Stays Sixth In Nation

Beating Auburn just doesn’t get you much respect. That’s probably the result of 111 consecutive wins against the cross-state “rival” in gymnastics. Although Alabama had to have a very good meet to beat the Tigers, 197.325-196.825, the win did not improve Bama’s national ranking.

The Alabama gymnastics team under first-year coach Dana Duckworth remains in sixth place in the nation after last week’s win.

The Crimson Tide will have an opportunity to improve that ranking when Bama hosts 12th-ranked Boise State at 7 p.m. Friday – Friday the 13th, by the way.

Oklahoma is No. 1 this week, followed by LSU in second, Utah in third, Florida in fourth and Michigan in fifth. With the Crimson Tide in sixth, Nebraska, Georgia, Auburn (which moved up a couple of places in losing to Bama) and Oregon State round out the top 10.

Alabama is ranked second on the floor exercise, fifth on the vault, seventh on the balance beam and 12th on the uneven bars this week after tying or bettering its season-best scores on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise against Auburn.

Junior Lauren Beers, who won the all-around against Auburn, is fifth in the all-around, eighth on the uneven bars and 15th on the floor exercise this week. Sophomore Katie Bailey is 16th in the all-around.

Sophomore Aja Sims is seventh on the balance beam, 19th on the uneven bars and 23rd on the floor exercise. Seniors Kaitlyn Clark and Kayla Williams are 13th and 19th, respectively on the vault. Freshman Mackenzie Brannan is eighth and junior Carley Sims is 17th on the floor exercise this week.

Friday’s meet against Boise State will be the Crimson Tide’s 11th annual Power of Pink meet, a celebration of Sarah and David Patterson’s legendary career as well as Alumni Night. Tickets are available from the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum and online at


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