Tide Expects LSU To Be Tough Meet

The No. 1 Alabama gymnastics team heads to Baton Rouge, La. to take on No. 12 ranked LSU Friday at 7 p.m. CST in the Maravich Assembly Center.

Friday marks Alabama's second road meet in a row and a return to conference competition after last week's meet against Big 10 powers Penn State and Minnesota. The Crimson Tide had a short week in the practice gym after competing last Saturday before returning to Friday action this week.

"We're trying to work as hard as we can to be productive in the days we have in the gym while being cognizant of not over-training any one event," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said.

Alabama comes into the meet sporting a 5-0 record overall and a 3-0 mark in Southeastern Conference competition. The Tide also carries the nation's top overall score, a 197.45 against Arkansas and the second highest road score in the nation, a 196.6 at Penn State. LSU is 3-3 overall, and 1-3 in the SEC with a season-high score of 195.650.

"LSU is a team that no matter what's going on in their season or ours, it's always a great meet," Patterson said. "They beat us last season in Tuscaloosa and I know we'll get their best meet this weekend."

Both Alabama and LSU finished last season in the NCAA Super Six Team finals with the Tide finishing second and LSU taking sixth. It was the Tigers' second consecutive Super Six finish.

This meet will feature the nation's top two ranked all-arounders in LSU's Susan Jackson, who stands atop the rankings again this week, and Alabama's Morgan Dennis, who is second. Dennis is also ranked second on the vault and is in the top-10 on the floor exercise and balance beam.

The meet will be televised on a tape delayed basis by CSS on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. CST with Melissa Lee and U.S. Olympian Amanda Borden-Cochran calling the action.

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