The Iron Bowl of Gymnastics, Part II. Senior Night. The last regular season meet for the year. A team coming off a school record overall score and season best scores in all four events.
Any one of those would be enough to make your way to Coleman Coliseum to watch the 4th ranked Alabama Gymnastics team. All three on the same night. It’s something you don’t want to miss.
If you’ve been reading this season, you already know about the Alabama win streak over Auburn. If you weren’t paying attention, it’s been 34 years and 108 meets since Alabama Gymnastics lost to Auburn. Win number 108 came one month ago, a 197.5 -197.1 victory that was closer than the final score would indicate.
The five seniors – Sarah DeMeo, Kim Jacob, Diandra Milliner, Ria Domier, and Lindsey Fowler have two NCAA Championships, one SEC Championship, and three NCAA Regional Championships. They are undefeated at home, with a 30-0-0 record in Coleman (Alabama is 44-0 in Coleman, dating back to the middle of the 2009 season).
"There haven't been many classes that have made as big an impact on our program as this one," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "This class has been very instrumental in keeping us at a championship level, not only because of their competitiveness and what great athletes they are, but also because of the leadership they have shown from the very beginning. Sometimes you'll have a class come in and you're not necessarily dependent on them to compete but this year's seniors, without them we wouldn't have been successful," Patterson said. "Not only did they compete as freshmen, but they dominated our lineup."
Two of the five also gained new honors this week. After her second career perfect 10 on the vault, Diandra Milliner was named SEC Specialist of the Week. Kim Jacob was named to the SEC Community Service Team for the second time.
View the highlights of last week’s record breaking meet with Stanford, then get ready for another great meet and Victory 109 over Auburn.
For those unable to make it to Coleman, follow along via live scoring. The live radio broadcast is on WVUA and can be streamed. The meet begins at 7:30pm CT, the broadcast usually starts about fifteen minutes before the official start.
I will be online and post updates as the meet progresses if you want to check back in here.
Here’s hoping for 24 sticks on the landings and a win for our ladies.