March 31, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Crimson Tide gymnast Kim Jacob was tapped for the 26th order of XXXI, the University of Alabama elite women's leadership honorary, Monday evening in a ceremony held on campus.
Jacob was surprised on the Ferguson Center Plaza by teammate and Scholastics All-American Ria Domier, who was inducted into XXXI last year, with an invitation to join the honorary. Also on hand were All-American Ashley Sledge, a member of the 24th order, as well as All-American Marie Robbins, a member of XXXI's second order along with head coach Sarah Patterson, an honorary member of XXXI.
One of the most outstanding student-athletes in Alabama's storied history, Jacob is a three-year Scholastic All-American, seven-time All-American and the rock on which Alabama's lineup has been built throughout her career. A major contributor throughout her career, she was vital to the Tide's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championships. Last season, as team captain, she led Alabama to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Jacob is the first gymnast in Southeastern Conference history to be named SEC Gymnastics Scholar Athlete of the Year three times (2012, 2013 and 2014). The 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as the gymnast with highest cumulative grade point average at the NCAA Championships and a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large First Team member as a junior, Jacob carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her Alabama career while majoring in exercise science.
In addition to earning a place on the 2014 All-SEC Team, Jacob has earned second-team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors during her career and was named the Tide's Lewis Each Courage Award winner in 2011. She is also an active presence in the community, earning her a place on the 2013 and 2014 SEC Community Service Teams while volunteering with numerous charities and causes throughout her career.
XXXI was created in 1989 to honor women who have a common commitment to the University of Alabama though their service, leadership and character. Each member is nominated by XXXI alumnae and selected by the previous Order.
Past XXXI honorees include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.
The Crimson Tide gymnastics team has a long history with the honorary. In addition to Patterson, Jacob, Domier, Sledge and Robbins former UA gymnasts inducted into XXXI include Morgan Dennis, Merritt Booth, Lexa Evans, Dee Foster, Kelly Good, Robin Hawkins, Ashley Miles, Andreé Pickens, Kristin Sterner and Meredith Willard.
After winning the 2014 SEC Championship, Jacob and her teammates return to action this Saturday at the NCAA Seattle Regional Championship at 4 p.m. PDT. Fans can keep up with the Tide via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.