TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 11 gymnastics team from Alabama will host the No. 2 Florida Gators Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Coleman Coliseum. The meet includes the two most recent SEC champions, with both teams owning undefeated records this season.
Alabama defeated Michigan State and Arkansas to start the season, while Florida defeated Auburn to take first place in a quad meet with West Virginia, Lindenwood and Ball State.
The meet is Alabama’s Be the Change Meet, inspired by the statement “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Friday’s gathering is also a night of student appreciation. Pizza will be distributed to the first 200 students, with the first 100 students also receiving a “Be the Change” t-shirt.
The meeting will be streamed live on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Head coach Ashley Johnston said
“I’m really looking forward to this week. I think there’s a fire in this team and they’re ready to pursue it. I think we gave away too many things in Arkansas. We’ve given away some sticks and some of them are giving away those little touches they usually have at the gym. I think they’re ready to unleash themselves and go out there and show the world what they’re capable of.
meeting on Friday
- The Crimson Tide and the Gators are the two most recent SEC champions, with Alabama taking the title in 2021 and Florida taking home the win in 2022
- The two teams last feuded at the 2022 SEC Championship, where Florida won with 198.200 and Alabama was second with 197.825
- Alabama and Florida are two of only seven programs in NCAA gymnastics history to have won an NCAA title
- All three winners of this week’s SEC Weekly Awards will be at the Coleman Coliseum on Friday: Florida’s Leanne Wong (SEC Gymnast of the Week) and Kayla Dicello (SEC Specialist of the Week) along with UAs Gaby Gladieux (SEC Freshman of the Week)
last time out
- Alabama opened its conference roster with a 196,525-195,525 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks
- The meet was Alabama’s first road game of the season
- The Crimson Tide led the Wire to Wire competition, opening a lead after the uneven bars and maintaining it throughout
- Luisa Blanco won a share of the uneven bars title with 9,900, giving her an event title in three of the four events through two meetings in the season
- student in the first year Lilian Lewis made her collegiate debut on the balance beam, scoring a 9.775
- Alabama started the meeting on the uneven bars with all five counts of 9.825 or higher, led by Blanco on 9.900
- Blanco and Jordan paradise posted matching totals of 9,825 to lead Tide’s vault lineup to 49,000, followed by another 49,000 on floor exercises
- Alabama finished the win with a 49.225 on the balance beam, led by two 9.875 seconds Gaby Gladieux and Lily Hudson
- Alabama improved compared to his one-turn encounter on both the uneven bars (49.300) and balance beam (49.225).
- After Friday’s meetup against the Gators, Alabama makes its way back to Lexington, Kentucky for its encounter with the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm CT
- The meeting will be broadcast live on SEC Network
- After meeting the Wildcats, the Tide return home to take on the Auburn Tigers at the Coleman Coliseum on Friday, January 3 at 6:30pm CT
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