Friday is also Academic Achievement Night in Coleman Coliseum with Tuscaloosa city and county elementary school students who earned a place on the A/B honor roll receiving free admission to the meet with the vouchers they received from their schools
The excitement kicked off with our gymnastics team beating Florida on Friday night in a down-to-the-wire contest that ultimately required our two seniors, Diandra Milliner and Kim Jacob, each scoring 9.85 in the final event of the evening to bring home the victory.
ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 | Junior Honors -- NCAA Vault Champion ... NCAA Floor Exercise Runner-up ... First Team Vault and Floor Exercise All-American ... Second Team Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Floor Exercise Champion ... SEC Floor Exercise Champion ... First Team All-SEC ... SEC Specialist of the Week (3/5) ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Vault -- Won the vault with a 9.925 during the NCAA Championship Individual Finals ... Scored a 9.900 on the vault at the NCAA Championships Semifinals ... won the vault title in the Tide's first three meets and four vault titles overall during the season ... won the vault with a 9.925 at Missouri and against LSU and Auburn ... competed on vault in every meet of 2013 ... Balance Beam -- Won the balance beam at Arkansas, posting a 9.900 from the leadoff spot, which tied her career-best score ... posted a 9.8 or better in 11 of the 13 meets she competed on the balance beam in 2013 ... led off the Tide's balance beam lineup nine times ... Floor Exercise -- Finished second on the floor exercise in the NCAA Individual Event Finals with a 9.925 ... posted the top score on the floor exercise at the NCAA Championships Semifinals with a 9.950 ... crowned floor exercise champion at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championship with a 9.925 ... scored a 9.925 on the floor exercise at the NCAA Championships Super Six Finals ... posted a career-best 9.95 on the floor exercise against Georgia, a mark she matched against UCLA and at the SEC Championships ... won the SEC floor exercise title with a career-best tying 9.95 earning first team All-SEC honors in the process ... named SEC Specialist of the Week on March 5 after winning the floor exercise against UCLA with a 9.95 ... part of the competitive floor exercise lineup in 13 out the 14 meets and scored 9.9 or better in seven ...In The Classroom -- Maintains a 3.5 cumulative grade point average ... earned Dean's List honors (3.5 or better GPA) in both the fall and spring semesters.
2012 | Sophomore NCAA Championships Vault Runner-up ... First team Vault All-American ... Second team Floor Exercise All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... scored a perfect 10.0 to win the vault against Florida ... became the 14th Alabama gymnast to score at least one 10.0 during her career and the eighth to score a 10.0 on the vault ... competed on the vault and balance beam in all 14 meets of the season ... won the vault at LSU and against North Carolina ... matched her career high of 9.925 on the floor against Arkansas ... scored a career-high 9.9 to win the balance beam against Florida ... made her Crimson Tide all-around debut at Auburn ... scored 9.95 on the vault in both the semifinals of the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals ... competed 42 routines during the season ... earned Dean's List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester.
2011 | Freshman Second team Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... scored a 9.95 in the NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals, tying with teammate Kayla Hoffman for the highest vault score of the night ... second team All-SEC ... SEC All-Freshman ... joined the Crimson Tide on Dec. 26 for the second semester after graduating from high school early ... twice named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week, after the Tide's meets against Auburn and LSU ... posted a career-high 9.975 on the vault against LSU ... scored a 39.450 against Kentucky in her first all-around appearance ... scored a career-high 9.825 on the uneven bars against Kentucky ... scored a career-best 9.925 on the floor exercise against Kentucky and LSU ... competed 40 routines during the season, scoring 9.9 or better 10 times | seven on the vault and three on the floor exercise ... anchored Alabama's vault lineup in all 14 meets ... won five of 10 individual vault titles during the regular season ... scored a career-high 9.875 on the balance beam at the Metroplex Challenge ... in the first routine of her first meet for the Crimson Tide, she won the vault against Penn State with a 9.9 ... earned Dean's List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester.
PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Graduated early from Maize High School and joined the Crimson Tide for the 2011 spring semester ... coached by Mark Folger at Folger's Gymnastics ... 2010 Junior Olympic National vault and floor exercise champion ... won the vault and finished second in the all-around at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships ... took first on the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise at the 2010 Junior Olympic Regional Championships ... won the vault and floor exercise at the 2010 Nastia Liukin Cup ... won the all-around at the Pink Ribbon Invitational, Texas Prime Meet and National Gymnastics Challenge in 2009.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Diandra Quinn Milliner ... daughter of Traci and Reuben Milliner ... sisters - Aleah and Micala ... general health studies major ... born Oct. 18, 1992.