Number eight Alabama traveled to SEC foe Missouri this week, and the two teams faced off in a competition that was tight through the very end in Columbia, making for an exciting meet.
Starting off on bars, the visiting Crimson Tide had a very consistent rotation, with all six athletes scoring 9.800 or better and senior Shea Mahoney anchoring with a 9.900. Alabama’s opening rotation total of 49.25 gave them an early lead over Missouri, who began on vault. The Tigers had a pair of 9.875s from Aspen Tucker and Britney Ward to lead them to a 49.125, putting them just .125 behind Alabama after one.
Alabama had another strong showing on vault, using their own pair of 9.875s from Mahoney and Lexi Graber to match the vault score for Missouri with a 49.125. Missouri had a consistent bar rotation, scoring a 49.1 on the event with 9.85s from Morgan Porter and Madeleine Huber as the highs.
In the third rotation, Alabama had its strongest showing of the night on the floor. A 9.900 from senior Ari Guerra and a 9.925 from Graber led the Tide to a 49.375 rotation total, the highest rotation score of the night. Missouri kept it close with another solid showing, hitting six-for-six on beam for a 49.125.
Alabama closed out their meet and took home the win with their performance in the final rotation on beam, where a 9.875 from Alonza Klopfer was the highlight. Alabama’s final rotation score of 49.1 gave them a final score of 196.85, which was enough beat out the home Missouri team. Missouri finished just .3 behind with a 196.55, closing out with their best rotation of the night on floor, where a 9.900 from Aspen Tucker led the rotation to close out a very competitive meet and show the Tigers as a dark-horse threat in the SEC this season.Tags: Alabama, Alabama Crimson Tide, Alonza Klopfer, Aspen Tucker, Britney Ward, Lexi Graber, Madeleine Huber, Missouri, Missouri Tigers, Morgan Porter, NCAA Gymnastics, SEC, Shea Mahoney