March 14, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite counting a fall on balance beam, Auburn scored 196.125 in a loss to No. 4 Alabama on Friday in Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama scored 197.925 on senior night for the Crimson Tide. It was the second meeting of the season between the in-state rivals following the Feb. 14 matchup in Auburn Arena.
Sophomore Caitlin Atkinson was the star for Auburn on Friday. The Houston, Texas native scored 9.85 on vault and bars, added a 9.875 on floor and finished her night with a career-best 9.95 on beam. She finished with an all-around total of 39.525.
The Tigers started the night with a 49.100 on uneven bars led by a 9.875 from Megan Walker and a 9.85 by Atkinson. Kait Kluz added a 9.825.
Auburn posted a 49.200 on vault in the second rotation. Lexus Demers posted a career high 9.900 to record the top score for the Tigers. Kluz equaled her career-best score with a 9.875 and Atkinson scored 9.85. Freshman MJ Rott added a 9.825.
Aided by totals of 49.500 on vault and 49.275 on bars, Alabama held a 98.775-98.300 lead at the midway point.
Brittany Webster and Atkinson recorded the top scores for Auburn on floor with identical 9.875 totals in the third rotation. Demers scored 9.85 and Walker closed out the event for the Tigers with a career-best 9.85 in only her third career floor routine as Auburn posted a 49.250.
Led by a perfect 10.0 from Kaitlyn Clark, Alabama scored 49.650 on beam.
Auburn was forced to count a fall on beam and totaled 48.625. The Tigers’ top scorers in the fourth rotation were Atkinson (9.95) and Walker (9.875). Demers added a 9.85 and Kullen Hlawek equaled her career high with a 9.825.
Auburn’s next competition is the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham on March 21.