Alabama Crimson Tide gymnastics opened the season as two-time defending national champions by beating the 21st-ranked Missouri Tigers 196.450 to 192.025. The Crimson Tide are now 57-8-1 in season openers under head coaches Sarah and David Patterson.
The preseason No. 1 Tide scored better than 49 points in all four events. Vault and Balance Beam turned out to be the Tide’s two biggest rotations, scoring a 49.175 and 49.150 respectively.
“I felt like we did a good job tonight. I didn’t feel like we were great, but I think that’s down the road,” Sarah Patterson said. “We were pretty consistent, but we made little mistakes. For example, we hit all of our routines on the uneven bars, but we missed some handstands. We were just a little tight in some things like that.”
Junior All-American Kim Jacob posted a 39.275 in the all-around, taking the title. It was her first all-around since her freshman year. Jacob and fellow junior All American Sarah DeMeo won the Balance Beam for the Tide with 9.9 scores each. That was what ultimately what won it for Alabama, as they had the largest margin of victory against Missouri.
“I really thought we did well on the balance beam,” Patterson said. “It was a good way to finish off the night and carry us into next week.”