The NCAA champion Alabama gymnastics team placed four freshmen on the 2012 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.
"Our freshmen certainly enjoyed great success this season," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "To be a part of a national championship in their first year is a tremendous accomplishment, but just as importantly to me, they all worked extremely hard to be the best they could be in the classroom as well."
All-American Kayla Williams (Public Relations), Kaitlyn Clark (Exercise Science), Lora Leigh Frost (Health Studies) and Brooke Parker (General Business) all earned the league honor.
In addition to earning a 3.0 or better grade point average, a student-athlete must have completed at least two semesters of study to earn a place on the honor roll, which means Alabama's fifth freshman, Hunter Dennis , who joined the Tide in December for the spring semester, wasn't up for the honor despite posting a 3.25 grade point average in the spring.
The Tide's four rookie gymnasts were joined on the 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll by all 13 of UA's upperclassmen, who earned the honor in May, including Becca Alexin (General Health Studies), Olivia Carisella (Food & Nutrition), All-American Sarah DeMeo (Interdisciplinary Studies), Ria Domier (Chemical Engineering), Lindsey Fowler (Early Childhood Education), All-American Marissa Gutierrez (Early Childhood Education), All-American Kim Jacob (Exercise Science), All-American Diandra Milliner (General Health Studies), All-American Ashley Priess (Marketing), All-American Ashley Sledge (Public Relations), NCAA Champion and All-American Geralen Stack-Eaton (Telecommunications and Film), All-American Rachel Terry (Early Childhood Education) and Hannah Toussaint(Communicative Disorders).
The Alabama gymnastics team's overall 2012 total of 17 led the conference and boosts the Tide's all-time total to 246, which is more than two dozen better than the next highest total among the SEC gymnastics squads.