May 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
An already tremendous spring gets even better for Alabama gymnast Rachel Terry this weekend when the Hoover, Ala., native goes through graduation at the Capstone.
Last month, the vault All-American, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earned her second consecutive NCAA Elite 89 Award, given annually to the student-athlete at the NCAA Championships with the highest GPA. Later that same weekend, Terry and the Crimson Tide won the national championship, the Tide's second in a row and sixth overall.
"I am so proud of all that Rachel has achieved during her career," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "She worked tirelessly to be her best every day, in the gym, in the classroom and in trying to make the world around her a better place. Her spirit and love for her teammates is second to none and I am excited to see where life takes her next and the success that I know will follow along with her."
Last Saturday, Terry and her teammates, along with more than 2,000 fans celebrated Alabama's first back-to-back NCAA Championships in Coleman Coliseum. This weekend the four-year Scholastic All-American will once again be in Coleman Coliseum, this time to celebrate her graduation with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.
In addition to being a part of the Tide's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championships, she was also a member of UA's 2009 and 2011 Southeastern Conference championship teams as well as four consecutive NCAA Regional championship squads. Terry is among more than 75 Alabama student-athletes who are going through commencement at the Capstone this weekend.