Sept. 29, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The back-to-back NCAA Champion Alabama Gymnastics team received their championship rings Saturday during halftime of the Alabama-Mississippi football game in front of 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night.
"These ladies came to Alabama for the chance to be champions, for the opportunity to stand in front of 101,000 fans as national champions," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "It is what they work for every day. It is the goal, for both athletes and coaches, every year.
It was the Crimson Tide's sixth NCAA Championship under coaches Sarah and David Patterson, now in their 35th season at the Capstone.
"This was the 11th time David and I have received championship rings during a Crimson Tide football game, and it never gets old," Patterson said. "Whether it was last year with the 2011 team or 25 years ago with our very first championship team, the memories of these extraordinary moments we share bind these women together for a lifetime."
In addition to winning the 2012 NCAA Championship, Alabama posted a 3.55 team grade point average. The last three times the Tide has won national titles (2012, 2011 and 2002), the team has produced a GPAs over 3.5.
Individually, eight UA gymnasts earned 16 All-American honors while 13 members of the 2012 Crimson Tide roster earned Scholastic All-American honors last season. All 18 members of the 2012 gymnastics squad earned a GPA over 3.1.