Alabama takes Metroplex Challenge
Tide scores above 49 on all four events for first time in 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- No. 6 Alabama used a season-high 196.825 total to win the Metroplex Challenge in the Ft. Worth Convention Center, out-scoring the next closest team by more than a point in front of a partisan Alabama crowd. No. 10 Nebraska finished second with a 195.600 followed by No. 25 LSU in third with a 195.550. Missouri was fourth with a 194.350.
The Crimson Tide remains undefeated on the season, going to 6-0 overall and 2-0 against Southeastern Conference competition. The crowd of more 2,500 was filled with Alabama's crimson and white.
Senior Kayla Hoffman won the all-around with a career-high 39.525, while junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, going in the all-around for the first time this season, posted a 39.475 to take second place.
"We made some strides forward tonight," Alabama coach Sarah Patterson said. "We got Geralen Stack-Eaton back out in the all-around tonight and Kayla Hoffman put forth another tremendous all-around performance. We also had other people step up as well. I feel like this was exactly the experience we were hoping for when we decided to come to this meet."
Freshman Diandra Milliner won the floor exercise with a 9.875 while Hoffman and Stack-Eaton tied for first on the balance beam with matching 9.9s. Hoffman also took first on the vault, posting a 9.925 and shared first place on the uneven bars with sophomore Ashley Sledge when both women scored 9.925s. Sledge's bars score was a career high.
Saturday's meet marked the first meet this season that the Crimson Tide has scored above a 49 on all four events. Alabama posted its season high on the balance beam with a 49.150 and the uneven bars with a 49.325. The Tide posted a 49.250 on the vault and a 49.100 on the floor exercise.