Although it may seem that Alabama vs. Auburn in gymnastics is a ho-hum walk in the park for the Crimson Tide since Bama has won over 100 consecutive meets against the cross-state rival, it was a nervous time for Alabama in Birmingham Sunday.
At the end, though, the Alabama gymnastics won the second annual Elevate The Stage meet, outscoring in-state rival Auburn 196.875-196.075 in the BJCC Legacy Arena. It was the Crimson Tide’s second win in just over 48 hours and its third meet in eight days.
“This is the kind of performance we’re going to need to advance at the national championships,” Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. “It was the kind of performance where everybody is nervous, everybody wants the same thing, but we just have to focus on one thing at a time.”
After using 11 gymnasts in its season opener at UCLA and 12 on Friday against Missouri, Alabama used 13 in its lineup Sunday against Auburn.
“We just continue to build our depth and that’s going to help us down the road,” Duckworth said. “The more people we have with competitive experience, especially in this kind of environment, the better off we’re going to be.”
The Tide returns to action Friday in Tuscaloosa against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office at (205) 348-2262, in person in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, or online at RollTide.com.
Alabama opened with a season-best 49.200 on the uneven bars, led by junior Keely McNeer’s winning 9.875, and closed with a season-best 49.275 on the balance beam behind senior Lauren Beers’ winning 9.9.
The Tide also posted 49.2s on the vault and floor exercise. Sophomore Mackenzie Brannan won the vault with a 9.875 while she, freshman Angelina Giancroce and junior Katie Bailey tied for first on the floor with matching 9.85s.