By: Adam Hambright
LEXINGTON, Ky.– Despite posting a season high score, Alabama was unable to defeat Kentucky in
Lexington on Friday night, losing 197.825-197.375.
The Crimson Tide got off to a hot start in the first rotation where they posted their highest score on Bars
with a 49.625. Cam Machado posted a season high of 9.95 While Makarri Doggette posted the first
Perfect 10.0 for Alabama this season. Luisa Blanco anchored the team with a 9.95 of her own as they
finished the rotation with a lead of .300 over the Wildcats.
Kentucky began to make their comeback in the second rotation. Shaelyn Luksik led the way on Bars with
a score of 9.95, while Kaitlin Deguzman and Raena Worly each scored a 9.925. Doggette followed up her
10.0 with a 9.925 on Vault, but would not compete in the final two events. After the second rotation
Alabama’s lead was cut to .050.
In the third rotation the Wildcats would take the lead for good. Isabella Magnelli posted a score of 9.975
and Worley scored a 9.95. Lilly Hudson posted a 9.925 and Gabby Gladieux posted a 9.9 on Floor to keep
it close but the Tide now trailed 148.275-148.150.
Kentucky saved their best for last and posted a team score on Floor of 49.550. Worley and Hailey Davis
both scored a 9.95 while Magnelli also scored a 9.9. The lowest counted score in this rotation for the
Wildcats would be a 9.875. Bama gymnast Rachel Rybicki made her first collegiate appearance and
posted a 9.7 on Beam. Blanco and Hudson would finish the night with back to back scores of 9.95 but the
Tide would have to count two scores below 9.8 and were unable to recover.
Kentucky’s score of 197.825 is the highest in program history.
Worley would win the All-Around with a score of 39.675. Hudson and Blanco finished with All-Around
scores or 39.575 and 39.525 respectively.
No. 13 Alabama will look to get back in the win column next Friday when they host No. 5 Auburn at 6:30
p.m. on the SEC Network.