SEC Gymnasts of the Week (January 14, 2014)
SEC Co-Gymnast of the Week: Kim Jacob, Alabama
• Opened her senior season by leading Alabama to a win over Missouri in the only SEC match-up of the weekend with a team score of 197.150 – the highest opening-meet score in Alabama history.
• Won the all-around, tying her career-best score with a 39.525. Also won the uneven bars with a career-best 9.925 and the balance beam with 9.875.
• Her 9.925 on the uneven bars paced the Tide to a 49.475, its highest team score since Jan. 22, 2010 vs. Arkansas when the Tide also scored 49.475, and the No. 1 team score in the nation.
• Also won the balance beam against the Tigers, giving her three wins on the night, while finishing second with a 9.925 on the floor exercise to teammate Diandra Miller.
• Is ranked second in the nation in the all-around, third on the uneven bars, sixth on floor exercise and 11th on balance beam.
SEC Co-Gymnast of the Week: Kytra Hunter, Florida
• Collected two event titles at No. 4 UCLA on Saturday to help the Gators to a narrow 196.65-196.625 road victory. It was the first-regular season win for Florida in the Bruins’ home arena.
• Won the all-around (39.375) and floor exercise (9.925) in the season opener at No. 4 UCLA.
• The all-around win is the 11th for Hunter and is the second season-opening all-around win for her.
• With the two event wins, Hunter becomes the 12th Gator all-time to collect 40 or more event wins during her Florida career.
SEC Event Specialist of the Week: Sarie Morrison, LSU
• Dominated the two events in which she competed in the season-opener, posting identical 9.925s on vault and bars to guide the Tigers to a 197.200 – the nation’s second-best score – in a victory against Centenary.
• Earned the vault and bars titles for her performances, and it marks her eighth career vault title and 21st bars title.
• The 21 titles rank first in LSU history for career bars titles.
• Helped the Tigers record the best season-opening team total in program history.
SEC Freshman of the Week: Katie Bailey, Alabama
• Opened her Alabama career by taking second in the all-around with a score of 39.325 in front of 12,971 fans, the largest crowd in which she has ever competed.
• Is the highest-ranked freshman in the nation in the all-around, checking in at No. 9 overall.
• Helped push Alabama to a 197.150, the highest opening-day mark in school history, in a win against SEC foe Missouri.
• Was part of the Tide lineup that posted a 49.475 on the uneven bars, Alabama’s highest score on that event since 2010 and the No. 1 total in the nation.
• Finished in the top five on all four apparatus and was the top freshman finisher in three of four.
• Finished ahead of all Missouri gymnasts on three apparatus and finished just one spot behind junior Tiger Rachel Updike on vault.
• Is ranked 17th nationally in uneven bars.