GymTiders dominate Gators at home

TUSCALOOSA, ALA -- The No. 1 Alabama Gymnastics team rode the largest crowd in the past four years to the fifth highest score in school history here tonight, downing No. 4 Florida in the process 197.925-196.175.

"It was a great crowd and it really pushed us to a great score," head coach Sarah Patterson. "I am very pleased with our progress and the way we performed tonight."

Junior Jeana Rice won the all-around with a 39.7, the uneven bars with a 9.95 and the balance beam with a 9.925. Sophomore Ashley Miles brought the seventh largest gymnastics crowd in Alabama and Southeastern Conference history to its feet with a 10.0 to win the vault, a 9.975 to win the floor exercise and a career best 9.925 on the uneven bars.

Alabama scored a 49.600 on the floor exercise behind Miles' 9.975, a pair of 9.925s from Rice and junior Alexis Brion and a 9.900 from sophomore Mari Bayer.

Florida posted a 49.175 on the floor, led by a 9.875 from Breanne King.

Coach Patterson talks with Jeana Rice, who won the All-Around.

Alabama got off to a grand start with a 49.575 on the vault, the fourth best total in school history. Rice got the Tide started with a 9.9 while the run ended with a 9.875 from junior Shannon Hrozek, a career best 9.95 from junior Alexis Brion and Miles' 10.0.

The Gators scored a 49.150 on the vault paced by a pair of 9.875s from freshman Katie Rue and junior Orley Szmuch.

The Tide kept things rolling along on the uneven bars, posting a season best 49.500. Rice led the Tide with a 9.95 while Miles chipped in a career best 9.925 from the lead off spot. Hrozek tied her career best with a 9.900 as did sophomore Dana Filetti with a 9.850.

Florida scored a season best 49.350 on the uneven bars keyed by a 9.9 from senior Erin Pendleton.

Rice scored a 9.925 to finish off the Tide's 49.250 balance beam rotation. Sophomore Mari Bayer chipped in a 9.875 while junior Michelle Reeser led things off with a 9.85.

Florida, ranked No. 1 on the beam, ran into some trouble on the event, having to count a fall in its 48.5 total.

Alabama takes to the road next weekend to face in-state rival Auburn, Friday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m.

Meet Notes

  • The attendance for tonight's meet was 11,380, the highest attendance for UA Gymnastics since March 11, 2000. It is the seventh highest total at UA and in the Southeastern Conference.
  • Alabama 197.925 is the fifth highest score in school history. It was also the third highest score in the confines of Coleman Coliseum.
  • Alabama's 49.575 on the vault was the fourth highest total in school history.
  • Sophomore Ashley Miles scored the fourth vault 10.0 of her career and the fifth overall.
  • Junior Alexis Brion posted a career best 9.95 on the vault. Her pervious best was a 9.925.
  • Junior Shannon Hrozek posted a career best 9.9 on the vault.
  • Sophomore Ashley Miles posted a career best 9.925 on the uneven bars.
  • Junior Shannon Hrozek tied her career best on the uneven bars, going 9.9.
  • Sophomore Dana Filetti tied her career best on the uneven bars with a 9.850.
  • Sophomore Mari Bayer tied her career best on the floor exercise, going 9.9.

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