Legendary Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson had a way of getting things done, and she decided that beginning in 2004 she wanted to use her sport to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Power of Pink meet has been a big success on all fronts.
Friday night, the Alabama gymnastics team raised its record to 12-0 in Power of Pink meets. It wasn’t Bama’s cleanest meet of the year, but the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide defeated No. 25 Kentucky by 196.775 to 195.525. And on a chilly Alabama night, the meet attracted 14,870 fans, the 12th largest crowd in Coleman Coliseum for a Tide gymnastics meet.
Junior Katie Bailey led the Tide overall, winning the all-around with a 39.475.
Senior Lauren Beers paced Alabama to a 49.375 on the vault after she anchored the Tide’s rotation with a career-best tying 9.95. On the uneven bars, sophomore Mackenzie Brannan posted a career-best 9.925 to lead Alabama to a 49.325 team tally.
On the balance beam, junior Keely McNeer and Bailey tied for the Tide’s top score with matching 9.875s. Alabama closed out the night with a 49.075 on the floor exercise led by 9.85s from juniors Aja Sims, Mackenzie Valentin and Bailey.
Alabama is now 23-0 when wearing its pink leotards, the 12 in Tuscaloosa and 11 as the visiting team. Prior to the meet, Alabama introduced cancer survivors alongside gymnasts in front of a pink-clad crowd.
The next crowd for Alabama won’t be so supportive. Bama returns to action next Friday at Auburn.