Saturday, April 23, 2005
AUBURN, ALA – She turned silver into gold.
Alabama freshman Terin Humphrey, a two-time Olympic Silver medalist this summer in Athens, won the NCAA Uneven Bars Title here in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum with a 9.9375.
Humphrey, who joined the Tide on Dec. 26 after spending the fall on the T.J. Maxx Olympic Tour, has learned the team concept of gymnastics very quickly.
“I’m just really happy to be a part of this team and compete for Alabama,” Humphrey said in the post meet press conference. “Being here and a part of this, it has really made gymnastics fun for me.”
Her teammates were quick to acknowledge her, joining the 1000s of Alabama fans in attendance at the NCAA Individual Finals in cheering the Tide’s 18th NCAA individual title mightily while she stood on top the awards stand. They cheered her again when she boarded the bus that will return the Tide to Tuscaloosa in the wee hours of the morning.
Humphrey finished fifth on both the balance beam, 9.8625, and floor exercise, 9.875. UCLA’s Kristen Maloney won the vault and beam with twin 9.9375s.
The Bates, Mo. Native was joined in team finals by juniors Ashley Miles and Dana Filletti. Both Humphrey and Miles competed 11 times over the course of the championship’s three days.
For Miles, there was no doubt that she gave everything she had over the three days. She scored two 10.0s during last night’s NCAA Super Six team finals to lead the Alabama gymnastics team from fourth place after two events to second at night’s end. Over the course of the championships, Miles scored 9.9 or better seven times, including two 10.0s and a 9.975.
The 2004 floor exercise champion, set the bar high as the event’s fourth competitor, scoring a near flawless 9.975. Miles’ co-champion last year, UNC’s Courtney Bumpers, coming in as individual, was up in the fifth spot and was just a bit better, using fresh legs from sitting out last night’s team finals to her advantage, scoring the night’s only 10.0. Miles has now finished in the top three on the floor exercise all three years of her career.
And while she didn’t defend her 2003 and 2004 vault titles, Miles did post a top-5 finish, taking fourth with a 9.85. At the, a gymnast does two vaults and the average of the two produce the final score. The San Antonio, Texas native had a slight hop on her first vault to go 9.9, then a step back on her second vault for a 9.8. Miles was seventh on the uneven bars with a 9.85 while Filetti was 10th with a 9.775.
Miles, who finished third in Thursday night’s all-around competition, earned first team All-American honors in the all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. She now has nine first team honors for her career, putting her seventh all-time for the Tide with another year to go. Humphrey earned first team honors on the beam, bars and floor. She also earned second team honors in the all-around. Filetti was first team on the uneven bars.
Seniors Shannon Hrozek and Michelle Reeser both earned second team All-American honors on the balance beam. It was Hrozek’s third All-American nod on the beam and Reeser’s first career All-American honor.
(Photos by Jeff Hanson)
Dana Filetti and Dana Dobransky Duckworth