April 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
The back-to-back NCAA champion Alabama gymnastics team led all Southeastern Conference gymnastics programs in the classroom with a league-best 13 upperclassmen earning berths on the SEC Academic Honor Roll Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.
"To have every one of our upperclassmen earn this award on the heels of winning our second-consecutive NCAA Championship says a great deal about the emphasis that our ladies put on excelling in both the classroom and the gym," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said.
The Crimson Tide, which won its sixth NCAA Championship and second in a row last Saturday, will add to its Academic Honor Roll total in the summer when the SEC announces its freshmen honors. Beyond leading the league this season, Alabama also leads the SEC all-time with 242 honors since the award's inception in 1984.
"The pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the collegiate experience is one of the hallmarks of our program and the fact that we've been able to perform at such a high level both athletically and academically for more than 30 years is a tremendous point of pride," Patterson said.
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 three of the Tide's senior's made the list, including All-American and two-time NCAA Elite 89 Award winner Rachel Terry, who carries a 4.0 GPA for her career, two-time NCAA Champion and 12 time All-American Geralen Stack-Eaton and eight time All-American Ashley Priess, who is currently pursuing a Master's degree after earning her undergraduate degree in December.
Juniors Becca Alexin, three-time All-American Marissa Gutierrez and two-time All-American Ashley Sledge also made this list as did sophomores Olivia Carisella, two-time All-American Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, four-time All-American Kim Jacob, three-time All-American Diandra Milliner, and Hannah Toussaint.
The 2012 NCAA Champions will be honored this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum in a celebration hosted by the athletics department. The event is open to the public and admission is free.