The Kentucky Wildcats scored a 197.200 at tonight’s home meet, breaking 197 for the third week in a row and upsetting ninth-ranked Alabama, who scored a 196.800 with a strong performance.

Alex Hyland of Kentucky won the all-around with a 39.525 and the balance beam with a 9.900, while teammate Sidney Dukes placed second in the all-around and won the floor exercise with a 9.925. Danae Davis and Katie Stuart, also Wildcats, tied for first place on the vault with a 9.875.

Starting on vault, the Wildcats performed cleanly to score a total of 49.225. Stuart competed a Yurchenko one-and-a-half to tie for first place. Alex Hyland placed third with a 9.850, and Alaina Kwan placed fifth with a 9.825. On the uneven bars for Alabama, Emily Gaskins stuck a double layout dismount to score a 9.900, winning the event. The Crimson Tide scored a total of 49.200 on the uneven bars, where some form breaks kept the scores limited to the 9.800 range. Ari Guerra scored a 9.850, the third highest score on the uneven bars, but placed fifth due to a three-way tie for second place.

Sidney Dukes performs on the uneven bars for the Kentucky Wildcats against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Lexington, Kentucky/Kentucky Kernel

Alabama started with some rough vaults, having to take steps on landings and lacking some power, but ended with Shallon Olsen’s impressive Yurchenko double full, which scored a 9.800. Gaskins posted the highest vault score for the team with a 9.850, tying for third on the event. The team scored a total of 49.125, which was not enough to overtake Kentucky’s lead. The Wildcats put up a strong performance on the uneven bars, counting five scores over a 9.800 and scoring a 49.300. Kwan, Hyland, and Cally Nixon all scored a 9.875 to tie for second on the event.

Kentucky kept going strong on the balance beam, where Hyland won the event with a 9.900 and helped the team to a total score of 49.275. Stuart and Dukes both scored a 9.875 to tie for third. Aside from a mistake from Mollie Korth, the rest of the lineup performed beautifully under pressure to count four scores of at least a 9.850. After an injury to Alabama’s all-arounder Shea Mahoney in warmups, Tia Kiaku performed a routine that scored a 9.825, showing grace under pressure. The team scored a 49.250, their highest rotation total of the night. Abby Armbrecht scored a 9.900 to tie for third on the event and posted Alabama’s highest floor exercise score. Every score in the lineup was at least a 9.775, showing how solid this team is even with last-minute changes to the lineup.

Ending on the floor exercise, the Wildcats posted their highest rotation total of the night with a 49.400. Dukes and Korth tied for first on the event with a 9.925. Hyland tied for third with a 9.900, and the Wildcats counted two more scores of at least a 9.800. On the balance beam, Armbrecht shone for Alabama, scoring a 9.900 to tie for first place. Every gymnast scored at least a 9.800, helping Alabama cap off a strong performance. Gaskins completed her all-around performance with a 9.850 on beam and tied with Dukes for second place in the all-around with a 39.400.

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