Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Two Alabama gymnasts were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine University Division Women’s Academic All-District IV At-Large Team, selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). District IV is comprised of colleges and universities in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Senior Michelle Reeser was named to the first team, while senior Shannon Hrozek was named second team. Both women come to the team after All-American seasons in the gym.
“Michelle and Shannon had outstanding careers at Alabama, both in the gym and in the classroom, and this honor is a fitting cap to their careers,” Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson said. “To have two of our ladies make the at-large team, which encompasses such a wide pool of student-athletes, is really very gratifying.”
Hrozek and Reeser were instrumental in leading Alabama to it fourth consecutive top-3 finish at the NCAA Championships. As freshmen they were a part of the Tide’s fourth NCAA Championship and this season they helped the Crimson Tide to a second place national finish. Reeser earned the first All-American nod of her career as a senior as well as being named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hrozek, one of the Tide’s co-captains this season, earned the third All-American balance beam honor of her career this year.
By virtue of being first team all-district, Reeser will appear on the national ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large team. The at-large division is comprised of athletes from 12 different sports, including swimming and diving, tennis, golf, gymnastics and volleyball. Nominees must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average as well as having reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.