Sept. 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama gymnastics team opens official practice for the 2013 Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Frances Smith Gymnastics Practice Facility. But before the first vault, the national champions will start the afternoon by cheering on the Crimson Tide volleyball squad against No. 17 Tennessee in Foster Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.
"We're extremely excited to get official practices started," UA head coach Sarah Patterson, now in her 35th season as the Tide's head coach, said. "And I can't think of a better way to get things underway than by supporting another member of the Alabama family as they go for their second SEC win in a row. I hope everyone will join us in packing Foster when volleyball faces the Lady Vols on Sunday."
The Alabama gymnastics team returns 15 members of last year's team which edged Florida by less than a tenth of a point to win its sixth NCAA Championship and second in a row, including seven All-Americans - Sarah DeMeo, Marissa Gutierrez, Kim Jacob, Diandra Milliner, Ashley Priess, Ashley Sledge and Kayla Williams. In addition to its veterans, Alabama added a pair of rookies to this year's roster, Lauren Beers and Carley Sims.