April 22, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama Gymnastics team, fresh off its sixth Southeastern Conference Championship, also leads the league in the classroom with a conference-best 11 upperclassmen earning berths on the SEC Academic Honor Roll Commissioner Mike Slive announced today.
"Our priority at Alabama is to excel in all aspects of the collegiate experience," Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson said. "In a season where we won our sixth SEC Championship and finished second nationally, I am extremely proud that our ladies again led the way with 11 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors."
The Crimson Tide's total of 11 honorees was four better than the next closest team and included all of the Tide's gymnasts who are a sophomore or better in academic standing. The Tide, which also won its 24th NCAA Regional title and finished second at the NCAA Championships, will add to its Academic Honor Roll total in the summer when the SEC announces its freshman honor roll.
To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 or better grade point average for either the preceding academic year or their career and be a sophomore or better in academic standing.
Two-time All-American junior Kassi Price leads the Tide in the classroom with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average with a double major in Marketing and Advertising. Seniors Amanda Montgomery and Ashley O'Neal and All-American Brittany Magee all made the list again this season.
In addition to Price, six-time All-American and NCAA Champion Morgan Dennis, All-American Ricki Lebegern, All-American Casey Overton, Alyssa Chapman and Jacqueline Shealy all earned the honor from the junior class. Sophomores Megan Mashburn and All-American Kayla Hoffman also made a return to the list this season.
Beyond leading the league this season, Alabama also leads the league all-time with 195 honors since the award's inception in 1984.