March 22, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Fla. -
Alabama's Kim Jacob was honored as the 2013 Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the year Friday afternoon during the practice day for Saturday's SEC Championships here in Little Rock, Ark., at the Verizon Arena.
It marked the second year in a row that the junior All-American has earned SEC gymnastics' top academic honor and the third time in as many years that an Alabama gymnast has taken the honor, following Kayla Hoffman in 2011.
"Excellence in all things is one of the pillars of our program and one that Kim has certainly embraced," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "To be one of the SEC's top gymnast as well as its top student is an extremely impressive accomplishment."
It is the second conference honor of the year for the Raleigh, N.C. native who was named to the SEC Community Service team earlier in the week.
"More than anything, I think these honors speak to the kind of person Kim is," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "She is very hardworking and dedicated in everything she does, from the gym to the classroom to making a difference in the world around her. She is the epitome of what we look for in an Alabama gymnast and I couldn't be more proud of her."
Jacob carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career while majoring in exercise science. The two-year Scholastic All-American, four-time All-American & two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll has earned a place on the President's List (4.0 GPA) every semester of her career.
This year Jacob has led the Tide with 14 individual event titles through the end of the regular season, including all-around wins against Missouri, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia and UCLA. She has also won six floor exercise titles and scored 9.9 or better on the floor exercise in nine consecutive meets this season.
She helped lead the Tide to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2011 and 2012, scoring a 9.95 on the balance beam as a freshman and leading off the Tide's beam rotation with a 9.9 as a sophomore on both nights of the championship.
Jacob and her teammates will compete for the Tide's eighth SEC title on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. CT. Following the league championships, Alabama will return home as host of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships on April 6. Tickets are on sale through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online through RollTide.com.