Alabama gymnastics continues to put up high scores, and on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum a total of 197.350 was more than good enough for the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide to defeat No. 17 Auburn. It was Bama’s third consecutive score of 197 and higher and came before a crowd of 13,127.
Alabama Junior Kiana Winston won her fourth all-around total of the season with a 39.500 with Tide freshman finishing second at 39.300 in her first collegiate all-around opportunity.
“First of all, we came into this meet with one job to do,” Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. “It was to execute one skill at a time, one event at a time. We were not perfect, but we were very good. I am super excited that they were focused - laser focused really - and it was a great win. To have 13,000 fans in attendance and to have the energy from our student section was fantastic.”
This was Alabama’s second win of the season over Auburn, but far different than the relatively poor performance by the Crimson Tide in Birmingham earlier this year. In that meet the Tide had to rally from behind to earn a 195.850-194.675 win. Bama won every event in Friday’s victory in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide started things off with a 49.225 on the vault led by junior Kiana Winston’s 9.875 and 9.85s from senior Katie Bailey and freshman Wynter Childers. Seniors Keely McNeer and Amanda Jetter both posted 9.875s to pace Alabama to a 49.275 team score on the uneven bars.
On the balance beam, the Tide scored a 49.425, behind junior Nickie Guerrero’s career-best 9.975. Winston also scored high on the balance beam, posting a 9.925.
The Tide finished the night with a 49.425 on the floor exercise to seal its win over the Tigers. Winston had another big routine, earning a 9.925. Sophomore Ari Guerra and freshman Maddie Desch both scored 9.90s on the floor.
Alabama remains home for its next meet, taking on No. 7 Boise State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, by telephone at (205) 348-2262, and online at RollTide.com.