April 21, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama gymnastics team led the nation with seven gymnasts earning a total of 13 All-American honors following last weekend's NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The Tide's 2014 total pushes the Crimson Tide over the 300 mark all-time to 302 by 66 different gymnasts.
"I'm extremely proud of our ladies and everything they accomplished this year," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "This has been one of the most enjoyable teams that David (Patterson) and I have ever worked with in our 36 years of coaching at Alabama."
Senior Kim Jacob, the 2014 NCAA All-Around Champion, also led the nation in First Team All-American honors with four of a possible five. In addition to the all-around, she earned first-team honors on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She closes her career with 11 All-American honors, making her the eighth Tide gymnast to finish her career with 11 or more citations.
Seniors Diandra Milliner and Sarah DeMeo also closed out their careers with first-team accolades, on the floor exercise and balance beam, respectively. DeMeo also earned second team honors on the uneven bars. Milliner finished her career with seven All-American honors while DeMeo tallied five.
Sophomore Lauren Beers, the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average, earned a pair of All-American nods - first team on the floor exercise and second team on the vault. She now has three awards for her career. Junior Kaitlyn Clark was second team on the vault, making her a two-time All-American on the event.
Freshman Katie Bailey and junior Lora Leigh Frost earned All-American recognition for the first time. Bailey was second team in the all-around and on the uneven bars while Frost, a native of Decatur, Ala., was second team on the floor exercise.
The 2014 Southeastern Conference and NCAA Seattle Regional champion Crimson Tide finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, marking the team's sixth consecutive top-four finish. Alabama is also the only school in the nation to advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Finals each of the last six years. The Tide also leads the nation with 20 Super Six appearances.