March 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
After a standout performance against LSU last Friday, Alabama senior Ashley Priess has been named the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week the league office announced on Tuesday.
The Wheaton, Ill., native clinched Alabama's victory over LSU by winning the balance beam with a 9.95, a season-best for Priess and the Tide on the beam. It also tied Priess' career-best mark on the event. Priess also won the uneven bars, tying her career best of 9.925, which was the Tide's highest score on the uneven bars this season.
"It was another meet when it came down to Ashley Priess at the end of our balance beam lineup and she came through once again like a champion," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said.
Priess' scores propelled Alabama to its highest team total of the season, a 197.725, which is also the highest road score in the nation in 2013. The Tide's 197.725 was also the second highest score in the nation last week and the highest in the SEC.
Priess and her Tide teammates close out its regular season this Friday in Coleman Coliseum against the top-ranked Sooners. The Tide will recognize Becca Alexin, Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Sledge and Priess in Senior Night ceremonies prior to the competition. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.