June 6, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced Wednesday.
"Kim continues to enjoy the honors that go with a career dedicated to excellence," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "Her success is predicated on a tremendous work ethic and an incredible drive to the very best she can be in all areas."
Jacob was joined on the first-team by Crimson Tide golfer Stephanie Meadow, while UA tennis player Antonia Foehse was named to the second team.
"Due to the number of sports that are in the mix when it comes to the Academic All-America At-Large Team, it is a very tough honor to get," UA Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "On top of that, each school can only nominate three student-athletes. So to have Kim, Stephanie and Antonia all earn this prestigious honor speaks volumes about the level of excellence they have achieved both athletically and academically."
Alabama is the only school in the nation to have two student-athletes on the 15-member first team and one of just two schools to have all three nominees earn a place on the overall list. The Tide was the only school with all three honorees on the first and second team as Navy, the other school with three, had one each on the first, second and third teams. The at-large team includes student-athletes from 13 sports - bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
A key member of the Tide's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championship gymnastics team, Jacob is a seven-time All-American who has twice been named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She earned the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point at each of the NCAA's national championships and led the Tide to its third top-three finish in as many years this season.
A two-year Scholastic All-American, Jacob is the 2013 NCAA Regional Uneven Bars and Balance Beam Champion and captain of the 2013 squad. A native of Raleigh, N.C., she carries a 4.0 career GPA in exercise science.
Jacob joins Julie Estin (1986 and 1987), Kelly Good (1988), Dana Dobransky (1993 and 1992), Meredith Willard (1997), Merritt Booth (1998), Kristin Sterner (2003), Stephanie Kite (2003 and 2004), Kassi Price (2008, 2009 and 2010) and Kayla Hoffman (2011) as UA gymnasts who were voted to Academic All-America At-Large Team.
"To have had Alabama gymnasts earn a place on this prestigious list 15 times, including eight times since 2000, when the award spans so many sports, is tremendous point of pride for our program," Patterson said.