In front of nearly 8,000 screaming fans Friday night, the UK gymnastics team opened its season with a 194.825-191.650 defeat of Ball State on Excite Night in Memorial Coliseum. UK swept the Cardinals in all four events.
collegiate debut for six Wildcats, but nerves did not stand in the way of freshman Sydney Dukes, who earned the all-around title with a score of 39.12. Fellow freshmen Alex Hyland and Katie Stuart were second and third in the all-around, respectively.
To kick off Excite Night right, Big Blue Nation welcomed Laura Marano, star of the Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Marano greeted and took pictures with fans before the meet .
The Cats opened with a 49.00 on vault, their highest score of the night. Dukes and Stuart led the way with 9.85s.
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Kentucky at Auburn
8 p.m. Friday