Gymnasts go up – up on the bars – and down – dismounts – but Alabama Gymnastics Coach Dana Duckworth probably would have liked to have seen fewer ups and downs – as in consistency – from the Crimson Tide in Coleman Coliseum Friday night.
Nevertheless, as Duckworth said, “the girls kept fighting for every tenth [of a point] and every routine and I was very proud of that. I thought tonight was a bit of a battle.”
The No. 4-ranked Alabama gymnastics team came away with a 196.925-196.675 win over No. 12 Boise State in front of 10,648 fans.
The Crimson Tide went without top performer Kiana Winston. “We made the decision to rest Kiana,” Duckworth said. “We still had a big score, which is very exciting.”
The close meet was decided by Alabama’s performance on floor exercise, the final event for the Tide.
Bama started the night with a 49.275 vault rotation led by senior Katie Bailey’s winning 9.925 and sophomore Abby Armbrecht’s career-best tying 9.875.
On uneven bars, the Tide had a 49.100, paced by a 9.875 from senior Amanda Jetter, good for the win, as well as 9.825s from senior Keely McNeer and freshman Shea Mahoney.
On the balance beam, the Tide scored a 49.150, behind junior Nickie Guerrero's 9.9. McNeer led off the Tide’s beam rotation with a 9.85, a score that Armbrecht matched for a career-best mark.
The Tide sealed the win on the floor exercise with a 49.400. Senior Aja Sims and freshman Maddie Desch both earned 9.925s, sharing top honors on the event, while sophomore Ari Guerra posted a 9.875. The score tied Desch’s career best and Guerra’s total tied her season high.
Alabama goes on the road for its next meet, traveling to Georgia on Sunday, March 5.