Sept. 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
It is a busy time for the Alabama Gymnastics team, and that hectic pace continues through the coming weekend.
On Thursday night, coaches Sarah and David Patterson were honored by Dean J. Michael Hardin and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration's Board of Visitors in Birmingham, Ala. The Pattersons were recognized for 34 years of service to the University and for producing teams that consistently post the highest grade point averages among all teams at UA, the SEC and nationwide, as well as some of C&BA's top student, including All-American Kassi Price, who earned Austen Cup in 2009, the highest honor afforded a C&BA student.
Then, following Friday's practice, the team is ready for a full day on Saturday. The Tide will start Saturday off with an open practice Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Frances Smith Practice Facility, located on the south end of Coleman Coliseum. The public is welcome to come and get a sneak peak of the Tide in action.
Then, Saturday night, the gymnasts, coaches and staff will make their second trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium in as many years to receive national championship rings in front of 101,821 fans. The team will be honored at halftime of the Alabama-Mississippi football game. It will mark the 11th time that a Patterson-coached team has taken part in a ring ceremony during an Alabama football game.
Alabama posted a 3.55 team grade point average last year on the way to its sixth NCAA title. The last three times the Tide has won national titles (2012, 2011 and 2002), the team has produced a GPAs over 3.5.