Tide Gymnasts Tumble to Win

The No. 3 Alabama Gymnastics team beat No. 21 Arkansas 195.825-194.150 in front of another stellar Coleman Coliseum crowd Friday night.

"I thought we got a lot of people out there," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We are improving in some areas but especially in our depth. I'm going to go into the girls and say we need to look at our performance tonight, the things we did better and then watch the videotape and look at the score sheet and try to learn from what the judges gave us."

For the third time this season the Coliseum neared capacity when 13,579 fans poured in. It is the fifth largest crowd in school and the seventh largest nationally over the past decade. It marks the first time in school history that Alabama has had three crowds of 10,000-plus in a single season.

Senior Ashley Miles won her seventh consecutive vault title, sharing top honors with freshman Brittany Magee. Miles won the floor exercise for the fifth time this season while Magee won the balance beam for the first time. Sophomore Terin Humphrey and freshman Melanie Banville shared the uneven bars title with Arkansas sophomore Emily Peacock. Humphrey put together a 38.975 to win the all-around.

Miles and Magee both scored 9.9s on the vault to lead Alabama to a 49.200 team score. Arkansas posted a 48.475 on the vault. On the uneven bars, Banville and Humphrey both scored 9.8s while senior Dana Filetti added a 9.775 to the Tide's 48.800 total. The Lady Razorbacks scored a 48.600 on the bars.

On the balance beam Magee went 9.875 and Humphrey scored a 9.825 to pace the Tide to a 48.875 while the Razorbacks scored a 48.625 on the beam. On the Floor, Miles' 9.9 and Banville and freshman Ashley O'Neal's 9.8 led Alabama to a 48.950. Arkansas scored a 48.475 on the floor.

Up next, Alabama has a rare weekend off from competition before taking to the road to face LSU in Baton Rouge Friday, March 3.


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