April 23, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Alabama gymnastics team led all Southeastern Conference gymnastics programs in the classroom with a league-best 14 upperclassmen earning berths on the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.
"Every day our ladies strive to be the best they can be both in the gym and the classroom," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "To once again lead the Southeastern Conference in this award is a great testament to their hard work and dedication."
The Crimson Tide, which finished third at the recent NCAA Championships, will add to its total this summer when the SEC announces its freshmen honors. Beyond leading the league this season, Alabama also leads the SEC all-time with 260 honors since the award's inception in 1984.
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.
All four of the Tide's senior's made the list, including 10-time All-American Ashley Priess, who is currently completing her Master's degree after earning her undergraduate degree in December of 2011, two-time All-American Ashley Sledge, who earned her undergraduate degree in December and is on track to start graduate school in the fall as well as three-time All-American Marissa Gutierrez and Becca Alexin, who are both slated to graduate in May.
From the junior class, three-time All-American Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, seven-time All-American Kim Jacob and six-time All-American Diandra Millinerall made the list again this season. Jacob also earned the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award as well as her second SEC Gymnastics Scholar of the Year honor in a row.
Two-time All-American Kayla Williams, All-American Kaitlyn Clark, Lora Leigh Frost, Brooke Parker and Hunter Dennisall made the list out of the sophomore class.
Overall, 48 Alabama student-athletes were named to the SEC's Winter Honor Roll, which ranked the Tide second overall, just one behind Kentucky.