Saturday, January 27, 2007

# 5 Bama Gymnastics Vaults Past #10 Auburn

TUSCALOOSA, AL| When the subject of college gymnastics comes up in most parts of the country many Americans know little to nothing about the sport. Alabama is certainly not one of those places, as a capacity crowd of 15,075 watched the # 5 Crimson Tide beat the # 10 Auburn Tigers 197.475-195.9 last night in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide extended its winning streak over its in-state rival to 90 straight. That is not a typo, 90 straight victories, a winning streak that dates back to the late '1970s.

Alabama posted its best score in three years and tops in the nation so far. The Tide used their best event, the vault, to get off to a great start with a season best score of 49.375. Coach Sarah Patterson told the Tuscaloosa News that got the Tide started on the right foot, "There's an emotional lift, you always tell them do not look at the scores, look at your performance. It did help us get on a roll. It's a pretty strong vault lineup and it's getting stronger."

The Tide also dominated the uneven bars and floor exercise and was led by 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Terin Humprey, with an almost perfect mark of 9.9 on the bars and a 9.95 on the floor. In front of pink clad fans, both Alabama and Auburn wore pink to continue raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson gave a check of $225,000 to the DCH Brest Cancer Fund.

Alabama continues its home schedule next Friday hosting the Kentucky Wildcats at 7:30pm.

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