The "Battle of the Champions" is scheduled for Coleman Coliseum this evening. Alabama vs Georgia in gymnastics ranks as one of the longest rivalries in the sport. The NCAA has awarded 32 championships, 16 of them reside in Tuscaloosa and Athens, Georgia.
"We've won six national championships and Georgia has won 10, and going all the way back to the 1980s, we've known that if we want to win an NCAA Championship, we're going to have to go through them and if they want to win one, they have to get through us. Through all the years, that really hasn't changed," said Coach Sarah Patterson.
With the Gymdawgs calling, this meet has been designated as alumni weekend. Over 70 alumni will be on hand for the meet as Alabama tried to rebound from last week’s loss at LSU.
This point in the season calls for building on consistency and adding in the more difficult elements of the routines. Senior Sara DeMeo has been the leader of the team, tying her career best with a 39.450 in the All-Around last week. Freshman Katie Bailey has certainly lived up to the pre-season expectations, competing in the All-Around in all four of Bama’s meets and being names SEC Freshman of the Week this past Monday.
Patterson reminded fans last week that the "Bama Way" is to improve throughout the season, building toward the Championship season. This team is built around its three seniors – DeMeo, Kim Jacob, and Diandra Milliner and four freshman – Bailey, Amanda Jetter, Aja Sims, and Keely McNeer. Improving scores each week may be a better barometer of where the season will end.
If you are anywhere near Tuscaloosa, I would encourage you to consider the drive to Coleman tonight. Tickets are still on sale. Make the trip, you won’t regret it.
Here’s hoping for 24 sticks on the landings and a win for our ladies.