With the regular season coming to a close, the Alabama gymnastics team showed championship mettle in taking a 197.100-196.600 victory over Iowa State in Coleman Coliseum.
It was Senior Night for Alabama and a crowd of 10,063 watched the No. 6 Crimson Tide overcome a shaky middle of the meet with an outstanding performance in the final event, floor exercise. Aja Sims led with a 9.975, followed by Maddie Desch with a 9.950, Katie Bailey a 9.925, and both Amanda Jetter and Nickie Guerrero both 9.9s. Both Sims and Desch earned a 10 from one of the judges.
That final event included seniors Sims, Jetter, and Bailey and they, along with Kelly McNeer, Mary Lillian Sanders, and Mackenzie Valentin were recognized on Senior Night.
Next, Alabama moves onto the postseason, starting with the Southeastern Conference Championships on Saturday, March 18 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Alabama got off to a hot start, posting a season-best 49.500 on the vault on the strength of a 9.95 from junior Nickie Guerrero and 9.9s from junior Kiana Winston and freshman Maddie Desch. It was a career-best score for Desch while Winston, Guerrero and sophomore Abby Armbrecht (9.875) tied their career-best marks on vault.
Alabama scored a 49.025 on the uneven bars, paced by 9.9s from sophomore Shea Mahoney and Bailey and a 9.875 from Jetter. On the balance beam, the Tide posted a 48.925 led by a career-best 9.975 by Winston, a 9.925 by Guerrero and a 9.9 by Sims.