Alabama Gymnastics Preview VS Kentucky
The Alabama Crimson Tide women's gymnastics team welcomes the Kentucky Wildcats to Coleman Coliseum following a heartbreaking loss to the Florida Gators last week.
Alabama led for most of the meet, but it came down to Florida's last routine to determine the outcome. Junior Luisa Blanco led the Crimson Tide with scores of 9.900 or higher in all three events she competed in. It took the Gators scoring two perfect 10.0s to capture the victory over the Tide.
Three Alabama gymnasts made their debuts against the Gators. Senior Shallon Olsen, Senior Kaylee Quinn and Freshman Lilly Hudson returned to the lineup after missing the Oklahoma meet.
The return of Quinn and Olsen gave the Bama vault line-up a boost it needed against the No. 2 Gators. Quinn scored a 9.825 and Olsen scored a 9.850 which were two solid vaults. The Tide's highest vault score against Oklahoma was 9.850. The Tide had 4 vaults score above 9.800 versus the Gators.
Going into the first home meet of the season, Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth says losing to Florida because of some missed landings made the team focus on one thing this week.
"Improving the landings. If we do that, our score will get better and our performance will improve," says Duckworth.
Kentucky is coming off of its first win of the season. The Wildcats had five scores of 9.900 or better against Ball State.
In order for Alabama to capture the win, the Tide is going to need to stick the landings and limit the mistakes. Expect Blanco to have another strong performance and Hudson to build off her solid routines against the Wildcats.