No. 1 Tide gymnastics falls to No. 2 Oklahoma

CW Staff

NORMAN, Okla. – In a meet that lived up to its billing as one of the most exciting of the season, No. 1 Alabama fell at No. 2 Oklahoma, 197.950-197.275. The meet stayed tight into the final rotation in front of a crowd of 2,529 at the Lloyd Noble Center. The score was a school record for the Sooners and the Crimson Tide’s fifth 197-plus score of the season.

“Throughout the season I can only evaluate teams that we compete against on that night, and I can tell you that Oklahoma is the best team that we have competed against this season,” said Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson. “I felt like through three rotations, we really gave it our all.”

Oklahoma held a slim .025 edge going into the second half of the meet, but used a season-high 49.625 on the floor exercise while Alabama posted a 49.075 on the balance beam to put the meet out of reach.

Junior Kayla Hoffman won the all-around with a career-high 39.5 followed by senior Morgan Dennis with a 39.425 in second and senior Ricki Lebegern with a 39.375 in the third. Senior Kassi Price shared top honors on the uneven bars with OU’s Holly Vise. Vise also won the vault and balance beam. Sooner Jackie Flanery took first on the floor exercise.

Sophomore All-American Ashley Priess did not make the trip with the Crimson Tide after coming down with the flu early in the week.