This Saturday at 6 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum, the Alabama gymnastics team will host the 2013 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships. In addition to vying for its 28th regional title and 31st consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, the meet will serve as the final home appearance for the Crimson Tide's four seniors, Becca Alexin, Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Priess and Ashley Sledge. During the lead up to that event, each gymnast will be featured,
ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Junior First team Vault All-American ... Second team Floor Exercise All-American ... finished fourth in the vault at the NCAA Championships Event Finals ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... NCAA Seattle Regional Floor Exercise Champion ... competed on the vault in all 14 meets... won the vault against Missouri, tying her career-best with a 9.95 ... also won the vault at Kentucky and LSU ... tied her career-best scores on the vault (9.95), balance beam (9.875) and floor exercise (9.925) against Florida, winning the floor ... opened the season by taking first on the floor exercise against Georgia, winning her first collegiate floor title ... tied her career-high of 9.95 on vault in the semifinals of NCAA Championships... competed in 35 individual events during the season ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) honors for the fall semester.
2011 | Sophomore First team Vault All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Second team All-SEC... posted a career-high 9.95 on the vault in the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships ... finished fifth on the vault at the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals ... finished second on the vault at the SEC Championships with a 9.9 ... competed in 36 individual events during the season ... posted a career-high 9.925 to lead the Tide on the floor exercise at Georgia ... scored a career-best 9.875 on the balance beam at Georgia.
2010 | Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll ... earned her first career win on the balance beam against Arizona with a 9.85 ... took second on the balance beam at the NCAA Lexington Regional Championships with a 9.85 ... made her Crimson Tide debut at Auburn on the vault and balance beam and her floor exercise debut against Georgia ... competed on the balance beam in all 14 meets of the season and on the vault in 13 of 14 meets ... named the Crimson Tide's Outstanding Freshman.
PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Debbie Kaitchuk and Deana Parish, who also mentored former Alabama NCAA Champion Andreé Pickens, and JP Lavacheny at Woodland Gymnastics Academy ... earned a silver medal on the vault at the 2006 Junior Olympic National Championships ... finished sixth on the vault and 15th in the all-around at the 2005 J.O. Championships ... won the 2008 Texas State vault and balance beam titles ... voted "Most Athletic" of the senior class ... graduated on the Distinguished Achievement plan.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Marissa Yvonne Gutierrez ... daughter of Mario and Ana Gutierrez ... brothers, Mario, Mark and Michael ... Sisters-in-Law, Leigh, Adrienne and Heather ... early childhood development major ... born May 16, 1991.