Bama upends Florida in gymnastics

The No. 3 ranked Alabama Gymnastics team cruised to a two-point victory over No. 14 Florida here tonight, 196.925-194.950.

"We're right where we want to be at this point in the season," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We're still adding in skills and we're growing more and more consistent on our events. We'll just keep building from here and move forward."

Florida kept the meet close through three rotations, but a trio of falls off the balance beam in the last stanza cost them any shot at the meet.

Freshman Shannon Hrozek won the all-around.

The Tide was led by senior Andree' Pickens, who won three events, and freshman Shannon Hrozek, who won her first collegiate all-around outing with a 39.250.

Pickens scored a 9.975 on the vault, leading the Tide to a 48.975 team score and winning the meet. On the uneven bars, it was again Pickens leading the charge, her 9.900 was a team and event high. Senior National Barrington chipped in a 9.875, helping lead the Tide to a 49.225 team score.

On the balance beam, Alabama hit six out of six routines for the first time this season and scored a season best 49.250 in the process. Pickens and sophomore Jeana Rice led the charge with a pair 9.9s.

On the floor exercise, senior Raegan Tomasek and freshman Alexis Brion both scored 9.95s to win the event and lead the Tide to a 49.475 team total.

After just one week at home after a two week road trip, Alabama takes to the road again for the next two weeks. The Tide faces Auburn next Friday in Auburn and then Kentucky on Friday, March 8 in Lexington.

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