No. 6 Alabama Gymnastics Hosts No. 3 Florida on Friday in Annual Power of Pink Meet
The No. 6 ranked Alabama gymnastics team hosts No. 3 Florida Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum. In addition to being Alabama’s fourth top-10 showdown of the season, it will also be the Crimson Tide’s 13th annual Power of Pink meet, raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
“Not only will this be another tremendous meet, but it is an opportunity for us to step out there and compete for something larger than ourselves,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “We’re honored to carry on this vital cause that Sarah Patterson started.”
Friday's meet between Alabama and Florida is the Crimson Tide's 25th "pink meet" overall. It also marks the second time the Tide has compete in pink against Florida. The first time Alabama and Florida put aside their school colors for pink leotard was on Jan. 20, 2006, when an overflow crowd of 15,162 filled Coleman Coliseum with pink. Overall, Alabama has competed against 12 different teams in breast cancer awareness meets.
Tickets to the meet are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum and online at RollTide.com.
The Gators are the Tide’s sixth consecutive top-25 opponent and fifth in the top 20. Alabama and Florida last met at the 2017 NCAA Super Six Team Finals, where the Tide finished third (197.4375) and Florida was fourth (197.3500).
Since 2010, Alabama and Florida have met seven times during the regular season, with the Tide holding a 4-3 edge over that stretch. Both Alabama and Florida come into this weekend following wins over Auburn. Alabama downed the Tigers, 195.850-194.675 Sunday night at the Elevate the Stage meet in Birmingham, while the Gators beat Auburn, 197.700-196.400 in Gainesville.
Through its first five meets of the 2017 season, Alabama gymnasts have posted nine scores of 9.95 or better, almost twice as many as Alabama gymnasts scored over that same span in 2016. Junior Kiana Winston leads the way with five marks of 9.95, while junior Nickie Guerrero and senior Aja Sims have two scores of 9.95 or better each. Sims has the Tide’s highest individual score of the season after a career-best 9.975 on the floor exercise last Sunday against Auburn in the Elevate the Stage meet.