Tide dominates LSU in gymnastics

The No. 3 ranked Alabama gymnastics team came away from its Valentine's Day meeting with No. 10 ranked LSU not only with a 197.400-193.800 win over the Tigers, but a new season high score as well.

"This was another great meet for us," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We had a lot of people step up, especially when we had to shuffle the lineup. We are at a point in our season where everyone on the roster knows that they can be called on at in moment to step in."

One of the main reasons that Patterson had to shuffle her line-up was a spill by freshman Mari Bayer, a regular on three events, during vault warm-ups. It was later determined that Bayer had a minor knee and ankle sprain to her left leg.

The Crimson Tide was led by senior Kristin Sterner and sophomore Shannon Hrozek, both scoring career highs in the all-around. Sterner's 39.675 came from three 9.925s and a 9.900 while Hrozek's 39.400 was spurred by a career high 9.950 on the floor exercise.

In addition to taking the top two places in the all-around, the Tide won all four events. Hrozek and fellow sophomore Michelle Reeser tied for top honors on the floor exercise at 9.95. Sterner won the balance beam and uneven bars, scoring 9.925 on both. Junior Jeana Rice won the vault by tying her career best score, 9.95.

The Tide's 49.400 uneven bar score was a season high. In addition to Sterner's 9.925, Rice added a 9.9 and freshman Larissa Stewart chipped in a career best 9.875. Hrozek added a 9.85, her highest score since the season's second week. Dana Filetti also posted a 9.85, which was a career high for the rookie. LSU posted a 48.650 on the uneven bars.

On the floor exercise, Alabama posted a 49.425 thanks in large part to the 9.95s from Hrozek and Reeser and a 9.925 from Sterner. Sophomore Stephanie Kite chipped in a solid 9.850 on the floor. LSU went 48.900 on the floor.

Sterner and Rice finish off the Tide's 49.300 vault set with a 9.9 and 9.95 respectively while freshman Dana Pierce, in only her second vault outing of the season, scored a 9.875. Kite chipped in a career best 9.850 on the vault. The Tigers posted a 48.825.

The Tide's solid 49.275 on the beam was keyed by 9.8-plus scored from Reeser, Hrozek and Rice and a 9.925 from Sterner. LSU struggled on the beam, scoring a 47.425 after four falls.

Alabama hits the road again next weekend, traveling to Gainesville, Fla. to face No. 6 Florida Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET. The Gators scored a school record 197.475 tonight in a quad meet at home.


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