Alabama gymnastics strong on balance beam in victory over rival Auburn

Mikey DiLullo
The Tuscaloosa News

No. 10 Alabama gymnastics got its third win of the season Friday night as it beat 18th-ranked Auburn, 196.925-195.675, at Coleman Coliseum.

Here are three things we learned:

Alabama excels on the beam

Coach Dana Duckworth stressed the importance of performing on the beam leading up to Friday. Alabama put up five scores of 9.8 or better on the beam, three of which were 9.9 or better.

The Crimson Tide was led by sophomore Luisa Blanco, whose 9.925 score on the beam was the highest for anyone on either team in any event. Alabama's score of 49.425 was the highest for the Crimson Tide on the beam since 2019.

Career highs for Alabama

Three Alabama gymnasts either set or tied a career high Friday.

Juniors Emily Gaskin and Sania Mitchell each set career highs on the floor with 9.875 and 9.9, respectively. Alonza Klopfer's 9.9 on the beam tied the senior's career high.

Shania Adams competes on the bars as Alabama gymnasts defeated Auburn Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Shania Adams captures second all-around win

Fresh off her first career all-around win at Missouri, Adams repeated her performance. Adams started with a 9.8 on vault, then scored a 9.85 on bars, 9.825 on beam and finished it off with 9.85 on floor for an all-around score of 39.325.