TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – On Sunday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up the regular season at Elevate the
Stage in Huntsville. The Crimson Tide squared off against Arkansas, Georgia and Auburn at the
Von Braun Center.
The Tide kicked off a strong start on the uneven bars, with five athletes scoring 9.900 and above,
including 9.950 from Mati Waligora and Cameron Machado. Alabama finished the event with a
49.625 after a 49.650 against Arkansas on Friday, giving this team two top-six marks in program
history. The Tide had the lead going into the second rotation, only leading the Tigers by .200.
Ella Burgess started the second rotation of hot with a 9.900 on the balance beam. Despite lower
scores than usual, the team still had the lead over the Tigers, Bulldogs and Razorbacks. On the
floor, Lexi Graber and Lily Hudson scored 9.950s, and Machado, with a 9.925, sealed the event
with a 49.550.
Alabama headed to the vault for the final rotation as the Tide looked to remain unbeaten at
Elevate the Stage. Luisa Blanco performed her career-best tying 9.950 as Shallon Olsen and
Waligora earned 9.900s to give the Tide a 49.500 on vault and win the competition with a
198.000. The Crimson Tide has now six-consecutive Elevate the Stage meets since it began in
Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth said she could not be any prouder from the team's
performances this weekend.
“I’m really proud of the consistency our team showed this weekend. To score a 198 on Friday
and then come back and do it again this afternoon, less than 48 hours later, will help our ladies
feel confident and prepared as we head into the championship season,” Duckworth said.
“We showed a lot of resilience and tenacity today. We had some changes to the lineup as we went
along today and they didn’t waver. I’m really proud of the way they handled the adversity and
came out with a strong showing and a great win.”
The fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers finished second, followed by Arkansas and Georgia. This
weekend’s matchups mark the first time Alabama has scored 198s during the regular season and
is the first time since 1996 the Crimson Tide scored a pair of 198s in the same season. The Tide
will have a week off before the SEC Championship in Birmingham on Saturday, March 19, as
the team will look to defend its title.