The number 12 Auburn Tigers traveled down to Tuscaloosa to face off against the eighth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Friday night, and the rivalry meet also marked Alabama’s senior night.
Both teams started out very strong in the opening rotation, with Alabama senior Ari Guerra putting up a huge 9.950 in the anchor spot on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half, the high score of the Tide’s 49.35 vault total. Auburn started off on bars, where four 9.875s from Drew Watson, Taylor Krippner, Derrian Gobourne, and Gracie Day led the 49.3 rotation, putting the Tigers just .05 back through one rotation.
Guerra again led the way for Alabama on the bars in rotation two, scoring another 9.950 to lead another very solid rotation, as the Tide went six for six to score a 49.325 on the event. Auburn was strong on the second half of their vault lineup, as freshman phenom Gobourne scored a 9.900 and Watson a 9.925 as the anchor, with the rotation total being a 49.1.
Auburn gained back some ground in the third rotation, posting a 49.0 on floor, with a 9.900 from Day the high score, while Alabama struggled on beam for just a 48.525 rotation total, forced to count a fall from Wynter Childers after another from Emily Gaskins, despite a 9.900 from senior Abby Armbrecht.
Alabama was able to close out the meet strong and take home the win with a big final rotation on floor, closed out by an incredible 9.950 routine by Guerra, who had an incredible senior night and has enjoyed an amazing career as a member of the Crimson Tide following her elite career. Paired with a 9.925 from Armbrecht and a 9.900 from Maddie Desch, the huge scores towards the end of Alabama’s floor lineup helped them finish with a huge 49.5 to end with a total of 196.7 to win the meet.
Auburn finished well with a 49.0 on beam highlighted by a 9.925 from Abby Milliet, but was unable to catch Alabama, finishing with a 196.4, three-tenths behind their bitter rivals. It won’t be the last time the Tide see the Tigers however, with both teams facing off again in this storied Iron Bowl rivalry next week in Birmingham at the Elevate the Stage meet there next Saturday.Tags: Abby Armbrecht, Abby Milliet, Alabama, Alabama Crimson Tide, Ari Guerra, Auburn, Auburn Tigers, Derrian Gobourne, Drew Watson, Emily Gaskins, Gracie Day, Maddie Desch, NCAA Gymnastics, SEC, Taylor Krippner, Wynter Childers