Aug. 1, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Nine members of the 2010 Alabama gymnastics team earned NACGC Scholastic All-American honors, a total that leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks second among schools that competed at the NCAA Championships last season.
"Our ladies continue to excel in all areas of the collegiate experience," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "Year-in and year-out Alabama stands among the very best, both in the gym and the classroom. Our ladies work very hard to maintain that level of success in everything they do and this is just another indication of that drive for excellence."
In a year that saw Alabama finish third at the NCAA Championships, second at the SEC Championships and win its 25th NCAA Regional title, the Crimson Tide earned a team GPA of 3.41. Four Tide gymnasts, senior All-American Kassi Price, junior All-American Kayla Hoffman, sophomore All-American Rachel Terry and freshman Mary Hauswirth, earned perfect 4.0 GPAs last season.
"I don't think there is any doubt that one of the keys to their success is that our ladies utilize all the tools put at their disposal to get the absolute most out of their academic careers," Patterson said. "Jon Dever, Fern Hampton and the entire Center for Athletic Student Services staff at Bryant Hall, our state-of-the-art academic center, provide a tremendous support system for our student-athletes, making sure the ladies have everything they need to be successful."
Price, who led the Tide with a perfect 4.0 for her career, Alyssa Chapman and All-American Ricki Lebegern were all named Scholastic All-Americans for the fourth time. Juniors Megan Mashburn and Hoffman took home the honor for the third year in a row while Terry earned the honor for the second consecutive year. Freshmen Becca Alexin, Hauswirth and Ashley Sledge were first-time honorees.
The 2010 season marked the 11th time that eight or more Alabama gymnasts have earned Scholastic All-American honors. Last season also marked the 16th time in a row that Alabama has posted a GPA above a 3.0 and the ninth time over the past 13 years that the gymnastics team has scored a mark of 3.4 or higher.