TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 10-ranked Alabama gymnastics team beat No. 8 Arkansas, 197.000-196.350, in the Crimson Tide's 14th annual Power of Pink meet Friday night in Coleman Coliseum in front of 12,469 fans. The meet marked the Tide's highest score this season.
The Power of Pink initiative, started by legendary Alabama coach Sarah Patterson during the 2004-05 season, raises awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Prior to the meet, each Alabama gymnast was introduced in the spotlight with a breast cancer survivor to shine light on the cause. Both Alabama and Arkansas put aside their school colors in favor of pink leotards. Alabama is now 27-0 when competing in pink.
The Tide started the night with a 48.95 on vault, paced by a 9.85 from senior Nickie Guerrero. Sophomore Maddie Desch and freshman Lexi Graber both garnered 9.8s. Arkansas scored a 48.825 on vault.
Seniors Mackenzie Brannan and Kiana Winston tied for the Tide's top scores on the uneven bars with matching 9.9s, pushing the Tide to a 49.325 team total. The Razorbacks posted a 49.075 in the event.
Guerrero's 9.925 anchor-performance on the balance beam pushed Alabama to 49.325. Graber contributed to the tally with a career-best 9.900. Arkansas posted a 49.125 on the beam.
Alabama sealed the meet following a season-best 49.400 performance on the floor exercise powered by a career-best 9.95 by Desch and a season-best 9.95 from Winston. Guerrero and junior Abby Armbrecht pitched in matching 9.9s. The Razorbacks went a 49.325 on the floor.
Alabama returns to action Friday, Feb. 9 in Gainesville, Fla., against the Florida Gators. The conference matchup will be broadcasted live on SEC Network at 6:00 p.m. CT.