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January 11, 1999

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Women’s Gymnastics team lost its first meet of the season to No. 5 Alabama 190.275-195.075.

Alabama’s rookies started the event with a bang, by winning the top three spots in the vault. Andree Pickens posted a 9.875 for the first place title. With a score of 9.725, Lindsey Vagedes (So., Warrenville, Ill.) placed fourth. Susan Eckman (Sr., Boardman, Ohio) Jill McMillon (Jr., Tipp City, Ohio) and Jill Tucker (Fr., Tallmadge, Ohio) scored a 9.70 on the vault for three top 10 finishes.

Eckman placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 38.10, three-tenths behind Alabama’s Robin Hawkins who took first place. Vagedes took fourth in the all-around with a score of 37.70.

OSU takes to the road next weekend when they meet Bowling Green, Sat., Jan. 16 at the Eppler Complex starting at 4 p.m.

VAULT UNEVEN BARS Andree Pickens, UA 9.875 Dara Stewart, UA 9.900 Raegan Tomasek, UA 9.775 Andree Pickens, UA 9.925 Whitney Morgan, UA 9.750 Gwen Spidle, UA 9.825 Lindsey Vagedes, OSU 9.725

BALANCE BEAM FLOOR EXERCISE Mandy Chapman, UA 9.800 Gwen Spidle, UA 9.900 Alexa Martinez, UA 9.775 Mandy Chapman, UA 9.850 Lissy Smith, UA 9.700 Andree Pickens, UA 9.825

ALL-AROUND Robin Hawkins, UA 38.400 Susan Eckman, OSU 38.100 Andree Pickens, UA 38.025 Lindsey Vagedes, OSU 37.700