No. 5 Alabama gymnastics team falls on the road to top-ranked Florida

Gators' gymnasts celebrate during their victory over the Crimson Tide Friday night.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the second week in a row, the No. 5 ranked Alabama gymnastics team came up just short of breaking the 197-barrier, this time falling to No. 1 Florida, 198.100-196.850 in front of 8,074 fans, the ninth largest crowd in Florida history. It was the Crimson Tide's second highest score of the season and the Gator's second highest score in school history.

Alabama got off to a solid start on the uneven bars, posting a 49.175 behind junior Sarah DeMeo's 9.875. Senior Marissa Gutierrez led the Tide to a 49.325 on the vault by tying her career best with a 9.95, winning the event. Gutierrez and junior Kim Jacob both scored 9.9s on the floor exercise, pushing Alabama to a 49.325. Jacob also posted the Tide's highest balance beam score of the night, tallying a 9.875 to lead Alabama to a 49.025.

After back-to-back weeks on the road, the Tide returns home on Feb. 15 to take on the Auburn Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at