Alabama Gymansts Fall To Dogs

ATHENS, Ga. – The number three ranked Alabama gymnastics team fell to second ranked Georgia 198.000- 196.050 in front of 10,224 fans in the Bulldogs' Stegeman Coliseum Saturday.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't give Georgia our best today because I feel like we brought out their best," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "Once again we hit 21 routines in a row on the road and then missed our last three. We obviously cannot afford to do that."

For the Crimson Tide, a solid meet on the other three events was marred by a three-fall performance on the balance beam. The Tide started off strong on the event with sophomore Ashley O'Neal and freshmen Casey Overton and Ricki Lebegern all scoring career high marks. Overton, who went in the competitive lineup for the first time last week, scored a team-best 9.875 while O'Neal and Lebegern both went 9.85.

Then, reminiscent of the Tide's meet at Florida earlier this season, the last three competitors, freshmen Morgan Dennis and Kassi Price along with junior Terin Humphrey all came off the apparatus, putting Alabama at 48.3 for the rotation. Georgia scored a 49.5 on the beam.

"This is not indicative of how we are practicing," Patterson said. "We had our best week of practice this year, both overall and on the beam, coming into this meet. We just didn't translate it to the meet."

Alabama started the day off with a 49.100 on the uneven bars. Sophomore Cassie Martin and Humphrey posted matching 9.85s to lead the Tide. Price scored a 9.825 while junior Kaitlin White led things off with a 9.8. Georgia scored a 49.475 on the uneven bars.

The Tide posted a 49.325 on the vault, just off its season high score, behind a 9.925 from Dennis and 9.875s from Price and freshman Ricki Lebegern. Sophomore Ashley O'Neal and Price both posted 9.825s on the vault. White, O'Neal and Humphrey all posted season high scores, while Lebegern's mark was a career high. Georgia posted a 49.400 on the vault.

On the floor exercise, O'Neal led the Tide off with a 9.85 and Dennis anchored with a 9.925. Lebegern and Humphrey both chipped in 9.875s and senior Erin Rightley added a 9.8 to the Tide's total. Georgia scored a 49.625 on the floor.

Alabama is on the road again next weekend, facing the Arkansas LadyBacks in Fayetteville Friday, February 16

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