Kentucky at Alabama


Full Results

Alabama: 196.850

Kentucky: 195.825

VT: Nixon 9.900

UB: Doggette, Angeny 9.900

BB: Doggette, Waligora 9.925

FX: Graber 9.925

AA: Angeny 39.425

The Big Storyline: This meet was insanely close throughout, with mere hundredths of a point separating the two teams until last rotation. 

Implications: Kentucky proved it should not be overlooked despite graduating Mollie Korth and having a relatively young roster (five of the six gymnasts on floor were competing the event for the first time). Alabama demonstrated what it is capable of and will continue to build on the momentum created in this first meet for what should be a very competitive presence in the SEC, as well as NCAA as a whole.

Records: There were five total career bests achieved at this meet: Shealyn Luksik (9.875 on bars), Josie Angeny (9.900 on bars), Cally Nixon (9.900 on vault), Makarri Doggette (9.925 on beam) and Alonza Klopfer (9.850 on floor).

Controversies: In a truly disappointing moment, the judges deducted a tenth from Griffin James’ final score for failing to salute at the end of her routine. This was particularly heartbreaking to see after watching James become overwhelmed with emotion at her first routine back following an Achilles tear.


Current Rankings: No. 12 Kentucky at No. 6 Alabama

Why You Should Clear Space on Your DVR: This SEC matchup may not be getting the same attention as its counterparts, but it should. There has been a lot of mystery around Kentucky this preseason, and we are anxious to see which routines will be making lineups. Both teams are capable of big numbers if they hit, with Alabama especially poised to be the dark horse of the SEC if it reaches its full potential. 

You Can Fast Forward, but not Through This: Alabama is boasting some big routines from star-in-the-making freshman Shania Adams (who was featured on all four events plus the all around in our Most Anticipated Freshmen series). Expect to see her jumping in right away to fill the gaps left behind by seniors like Shea Mahoney and Maddie Desch. Shallon Olsen is another gymnast we have our eye on; the junior had a late arrival on campus after spending the fall training in Canada, and it is unclear how much she will be contributing for the Crimson Tide to start. For Kentucky, we have our eye on freshman Isabella Magnelli, who has the potential to shine on each event—but especially keep your eye on her gorgeous beam routine.

The event is finished.


Jan 08 2021


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