TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The No. 6 ranked Alabama gymnastics team opened its 2013 home slate with a 196.575-195.525 win over No. 5 LSU on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama goes to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference competition, while the Tigers fall to 2-1, 1-1 in the SEC.
Junior Kim Jacob led the way for the Crimson Tide, winning her second all-around in a row with a 39.375.
LSU’s only event winners were Sarie Morrison on the uneven bars (9.925), Rheagan Courville on the balance beam (9.900) and Lloimoincia Hall, who tied for first on the floor exercise (9.900).
Individual event winners
All-Around: Kim Jacob, UA (39.375). Vault: Kayla Williams, UA; Diandra Milliner, UA (9.925). Uneven Bars: Sarie Morrison, LSU (9.925). Balance Beam: Rheagan Courville, LSU (9.900). Floor Exercise: Kim Jacob, UA, Sarah DeMeo, UA and Lloimincia Hall, LSU (9.900).
The LSU swimming and diving team will face Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, on Saturday in the Tigers final Southeastern Conference dual meet of the season.
LSU will use this experience to gain familiarity with Texas A&M’s Rec Center Natatorium before next month’s SEC Championships.
“Last year we had an opportunity to go to Tennessee at mid-season (the site of last season’s SEC Championships),” LSU coach Dave Geyer said.
“This year we get to College Station, stay at the same hotel, get in routine, check out the locker room and get a feel for the environment before the big meet next month. It is pivotal to get this experience before the meet.”
The No. 17 LSU men’s team (4-1, 2-1 SEC) is riding a three-meet win streak after victories over Alabama, Kentucky and SMU.
Earlier this season at the Phil Hansel Invitational, LSU totaled 1047.50 in victory. Texas A&M (0-4, 0-3 SEC) came in fourth with 513 points.
The Lady Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) are also in the midst of the a three-meet win streak and will be competing in the second-to-last meet before the postseason. The No. 5 Texas A&M women’s team (5-1, 2-1 SEC) finished in first place during the Phil Hansel Invitational with a score of 1,284.50. LSU came in fourth with a score of 450.50.
In men’s diving, both LSU and Texas A&M have divers who rank in the top five in the conference on the three-meter board. Junior Sean McKinney broke the all-time three-meter record earlier this season with a score of 415.50.
On the women’s side, LSU’s freshman diver Cassie Weil currently owns the conference’s highest three-meter score of 372.68.
“This happens to be a very strong SEC opponent, they have a beautiful facility in College Station and they have great coaches,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said.”
Thus far this season, five men’s swimmers and five women’s swimmers have posted NCAA provisional marks for LSU.
LSU SELECTED 5TH IN SEC WEST IN PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The LSU men’s tennis team was selected fifth in the SEC West in the preseason coaches poll, the league office announced Thursday.
The 13th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels were voted as the overall conference champion. The Rebels finished last season 15-9, 7-4 in conference play.
Ole Miss was also voted to win the SEC West with 74 points. Coming in second with 63 points was Mississippi State, followed by Texas A&M with 53, Auburn with 46, LSU with 34, Alabama with 22 and Arkansas with 16.
Georgia was picked first in the East with 65 points, followed by Tennessee with 47, Florida with 42, Kentucky with 37, Vanderbilt with 27 and South Carolina with 13.
The preseason poll is voted on by the men’s tennis head coach at each institution and is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count in the East division and 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 in the West division. They also vote for the overall champion, with each vote counting as one point. Two coaches did not return ballots.
No. 24 LSU opens the dual season against Southern Miss at 1 p.m. Monday at home. Admission is free.
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