NORMAN, Okla. - The Alabama gymnastics team posted its best score of the year in a 198.175-197.250 loss at No. 1 Oklahoma Friday night, to close the regular season.
"Details were the focus all week and tonight some performances executed as rehearsed and some performances still need to improve," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "The signature of this team has been fight, continuous improvement, and teamwork. Tonight I saw some special moments internally and believe the team continues to get stronger mentally."
The Crimson Tide finished the meet off with a season-best 49.400 on the balance beam, led by a career-best 9.950 from freshman Shallon Olsen, a 9.900 from junior Wynter Childers and a 9.875 from sophomore Lexi Graber.
"Our beam performance is indicative of what we are capable of accomplishing and I had some specific measurements in each routine I wanted to see which meant they would be present and focused on the moment, nothing else." Duckworth said. "Some did and some can do it even better, but there was progress.
Alabama opened with a 49.275 on the uneven bars, its second-highest total of the season. The Crimson Tide's score was paced by matching 9.875s from Graber, Childe rs and senior Ariana Guerra, while sophomore Kylie Dickson and freshman Jensie Givens chipped in 9.825s.
The Tide also scored a 49.275 on the vault, tying its second-best score of the season. Graber led the Tide with a 9.950, tying her career-best mark. Olsen added a 9.875 on the vault, her sixth of the season.
Alabama went over 49.250 on the floor exercise for the fifth meet in a row, tallying a 49.300. Armbrecht paced the Tide with a 9.900, while Olsen scored a 9.875 and junior Maddie Desch and Graber both came away with 9.850s.
With the regular season over, Alabama travels to New Orleans for the Southeastern Conference Championships which will be held on Saturday, March 23.
"There's still a lot of gymnastics left and we have to keep attacking and moving forward," Duckworth said.