Alabama at Auburn
|Full Results||Auburn: 197.525||Alabama: 197.125|
|VT: Shallon Olsen
|UB: Luisa Blanco, Derrian Gobourne, Sunisa Lee
|BB: Luisa Blanco, Sunisa Lee
|FX: Derrian Gobourne
|AA: Sunisa Lee
The Big Storyline: In an Iron Bowl rematch, Auburn earned the second highest score in program history to defeat Alabama in front of yet another sold-out (and very enthusiastic) crowd.
Implications: After being forced to sit out the past two postseasons, Auburn isn’t holding anything back: The Tigers are currently ranked sixth nationally and second within the SEC while reigning SEC champs Alabama are currently ninth nationally and fourth in the SEC with 11th place Missouri less than a tenth behind.
Records: Olympic champion Lee made her debut in the all-around. In addition to her all-around and bars wins, Lee earned her first beam title. Alabama earned its second-highest beam total in program history with a 49.650, with lead-off Ella Burgess earning a career high 9.900.
Current Rankings: No. 9 Alabama at No. 8 Auburn
Why You Should Cancel Plans for It: Last time they met head to head, the Crimson Tide outscored the Tigers by nearly one and a half points. Both of these teams bounced back from sluggish season openers with impressive 197-plus performances. Alabama is coming off of a lights-out home meet against Kentucky, but given that it’s the only time it’s hit 197 so far this season, it remains to be seen how it’ll fare week to week. Auburn, meanwhile, has posted two consecutive scores over 197 and will have the home-arena advantage. This one could go either way!
What Else You Should Know Before Tuning In: Reigning SEC all-around champion Luisa Blanco has been limited to two or three events so far this season due to a nagging shoulder injury. In a meet that may very well come down to tenths, Blanco’s scores (or lack thereof) could make the difference. Also keep an eye out for SEC Freshman of the Week Lilly Hudson; the Alabama freshman earned a stellar 39.525 in her debut last week.
- Video Type: ESPN2
- Video: https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/12a15b71-e265-445e-b825-a6f06c92cad2
- Scores: https://auburntige.rs/12822GymStats
- Live Blog: http://collegegymnews.com/2022/01/27/live-blog-no-9-alabama-at-no-8-auburn/
- Live Blog Editor: Emily M