Dec. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Two members of Alabama gymnastics' 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championship teams are set to graduate this weekend.
Two-time individual NCAA Champion Geralen Stack-Eaton has earned a degree in telecommunications and film and is set to walk in Saturday's graduation ceremony in Coleman Coliseum. The Scholastic All-American earned eight All-America honors during her storied Crimson Tide career and was twice named team captain.
"I'm so proud of everything Geralen accomplished during her Alabama career," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "But I'm most pleased that she has added a diploma to her team and individual national championship trophies."
Senior Ashley Sledge, a two-time All-American and co-captain of last year's team, has earned her public relations degree, though she has chosen not to go through the graduation ceremony until May. A two-time Scholastic All-American, Sledge will take classes toward a second undergraduate degree while competing in her final season.
"Ashley has worked extremely hard throughout her career, both in the gym and in the classroom, and I am so pleased that she has had this opportunity to graduate early and continue her education while still competing," Patterson said. "I know that for Ashley, the best is yet to come."
Sledge is the second Alabama gymnast to graduate in less than four years and start a second degree while still competing. She is following in the footsteps of fifth-year senior Ashley Priess, who graduated with an undergraduate degree in Spanish last December and is currently completing a master's degree in sport management.
Priess, Sledge and their teammates get the 2013 season underway on Friday, Jan. 11 on the road at Missouri before opening at home on Jan. 18 against LSU. Season tickets are on sale at the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in Coleman Coliseum and online at RollTide.com.