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UNIVERSITY INFORMATION Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala. Enrollment: 33,602 Founded: April 12, 1831 Conference: Southeastern (SEC) Colors: Crimson & White Nickname: Crimson Tide President: Dr. Judy Bonner NCAA Faculty Representative: Dr. Kevin Whitaker Athletics Director: Mal Moore Deputy Athletics Director: Shane Lyons Executive Associate Athletics Director: Finus Gaston Senior Associate Athletics Directors: Kevin Almond, Milton Overton, Ronny Robertson Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator: Marie Robbins Associate Athletics Directors: Jonathan Bowling, Jon Dever, Carol Park, Jeff Purinton, Thad Turnipseed, Doug Walker Assistant Athletics Directors: Jeff Allen, Chris Besanceney, Tommy Ford, Brad Ledford, Aaron Vold Associate A.D./Communications: Doug Walker Associate Communications Directors: Aaron Jordan, Josh Maxson and Roots Woodruff (gymnastics contact) Assistant Communications Directors: Rich Davi, Jessica ParĂŠ and Skip Powers Athletic Department Photographer: Kent Gidley Gymnastics Communications Contact: Roots Woodruff Office Phone: (205) 348-2088 e-mail Address: rwoodruff@ia.ua.edu

The PROGRAM Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Alma Mater: Slippery Rock State College 1978 Alabama & Overall Record/Years: 415-92-4/34 2IÀFH3KRQH(205) 348-3830 e-mail: spatterson@ia.ua.edu Volunteer Coach: David Patterson Alma Mater: Alabama 1982 Record at Alabama/years: 415-92-4/34 e-mail: dpatterson@ia.ua.edu Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Alma Mater: Youngstown State 1989 Record at Alabama/years: 179-45-1/16 2IÀFH3KRQH(205) 348-0461 e-mail: braschilla@ia.ua.edu Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth Alma Mater: Alabama 1993 Record at Alabama/years: 134-36-0/13 * 2IÀFH3KRQH(205) 348-8381 e-mail: dduckworth@ia.ua.edu * Spent nine years as a volunteer assistant Gymnastics Operations Director: Rita Martin 2IÀFH3KRQH(205) 348-3830 e-mail: rmartin@ia.ua.edu Administrative Assistant: Robin Kelley 2IÀFH3KRQH(205) 348-7600 e-mail: rkelley@ia.ua.edu Athletic Trainer: Monica Decker Strength and Conditioning Coach: Travis Illian Director of Performance Nutrition: Amy Bragg Gymnastics Academic Advisor: Fern Hampton Managers: Stephen Buckner, Anderson Lovelace, Elizabeth Plant, Blake Sellers Marketing and Promotions: Krista Huffman Gymnastics Mailing Address: P.O. Box 870393, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0393 Gymnastics Overnight Shipping Address: Coleman Coliseum — Room 339 323 Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Credits: 7KH8QLYHUVLW\RI $ODEDPD*\PQDVWLFV0HGLD*XLGHLVDSURGXFWRI WKH$WKOHWLF&RPPXQLFDWLRQV2IĂ€FHDQGZDVZULWWHQDQG edited by Roots Woodruff. Additional editing credits to Pete LaFleur. The covers were created by Brent Hollingsworth. The book was printed by Interstate Printing of Mobile, Ala. Photography Credits: Primary photography by Kent Gidley and Amelia Brackin. Additional photography E\0LFKHOOH&DUWHU-DVRQ+DUOHVV'U:LOOLDP&DVWOHPDQ3RUĂ€ULR6RORU]DQR5REHUW6XWWRQ-DVRQ*HW]0LFKDHO3DOPHU*HUDOG'XWWRQ&KULV Dutton, Jeff Sipsey and Mark Lent. Special thanks to The Tuscaloosa News for use of their reproductions on page 39.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Quick Facts __________________________ 1

ALABAMA COMMUNICATIONS: The Alabama Athletics Communications 2IĂ€FHLVORFDWHGRQWKHJURXQGOHYHORI  Coleman Coliseum, across the hall from the gymnastics practice facility.

Alabama’s President ____________________ 2

INTERVIEWS: All interview requests should be made through Roots Woodruff RI WKH$ODEDPD&RPPXQLFDWLRQV2IĂ€FH at least 24 hours in advance, at (205) 348-2088. Gymnasts and coaches are not available on the day of competition until after completion of the meet. Coach Sarah Patterson is available for interviews in person or by telephone.

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CREDENTIALS: Credentials will be issued to working media ONLY and should be requested no later than 48 hours prior to any home event.

Classroom Success __________________24-29

INTERNET: Information about the University of Alabama’s athletics can be found several places on the internet, LQFOXGLQJWKHRIÀFLDOVLWHIRU&ULPVRQ Tide Athletics at RollTide.com. The Tide’s booster club, The Medalist Club, has a site at GymTide.com. For information about the University of Alabama, go to www. ua.edu. MEDIA SERVICES: Up-to-date rankings and meet notes will be available to working media prior to the meet. Results will be distributed following the competition. Selected coaches and gymnasts will be brought into the interview room following all home meets. VIDEO FEEDS: The University of Alabama, through Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, offers weekly video packages available via FTP download consisting of interviews with coaches and athletes, taped video highlights and narrated tape packages from September through May. The gymnastics team is featured in this package regularly during the season. Call the &RPPXQLFDWLRQV2IÀFHIRUPRUHGHWDLOV including dates of the feed and download instructions.

The University of Alabama _____________3-4 Athletics Administration_________________ 5 Back-to-Back National Champions________6-7 Championship Celebration _____________9-13 Patterson Family Success _____________14-15 Patterson Plaza _____________________16-17 Championship Anniversaries __________18-19 Fan Support _______________________20-21 Facilities __________________________22-23 In the Community __________________30-33 The Power of Pink__________________34-37 Keeping Up with the Tide ____________38-39 The Medalist Club __________________40-41 The Coaching Staff _________________42-49 Support Staff ______________________50-55 Guide to the Crimson Tide ___________56-57 2013 Roster _________________________ 58 2013 Crimson Tide Bios______________59-76 Traveling with Alabama ________________ 77 2012 in Review _____________________78-81 Crimson Tide History _________________ 82 Great Moments ____________________83-92 The Hall of Fame __________________93-98 Year-by-Year______________________ 99-103 Alabama and the NCAA ___________ 104-105 National Titles and Honors _________ 106-115 Tide All-Americans _______________ 116-117 Alabama and Regionals ____________ 118-119 Alabama and the SEC _____________ 120-121 SEC Championships ______________ 122-124 SEC Academic Honor Roll ____________ 125 Alabama Records _________________ 126-127 Success Adds Up ____________________ 128

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CH CHAMPIONS CHAM HAM A PI PION O S “It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of president of The University of Alabama. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and our students, faculty and staff as we continue to build on the progress and momentum that have led our University to such unprecedented success. We have so much to be proud of and so much to look forward to and, together with our alumni, fans, friends and supporters, we will remain committed to excellence and quality in everything we do. Please join me as Team UA celebrates our storied past with a dynamic and energetic present and a EULJKWIXWXUHĂ€OOHGZLWKRSSRUWXQLW\Âľ – Dr. Judy Bonner, President

When Dr. Judy Bonner was named president of the University of Alabama in 2012, Sarah Patterson was on hand for the announcement and it is hard to imagine that there was anyone more excited. ´,ZDVQ¡WJRLQJWRPLVVWKDWIRUWKHZRUOGÂľ3DWWHUVRQ said. Patterson and the Crimson Tide athletics department were already very familiar with the long-time UA administrator. Dr. Bonner served as the interim president when three Alabama women’s teams won NCAA championships in the spring of 2012, including the gymnastics team’s second in a row and sixth overall. “I think it is highly appropriate that in this, the 40th anniversary of Title IX, that you were our president when the Crimson Tide women led the nation with WKUHH1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSVÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLGDWWKH championship luncheon Bonner hosted just before school resumed. When Dr. Bonner assumed the presidency on a fulltime basis on November 1, 2012, Patterson gathered her WHDPWRJHWKHUWRVKDUHWKHQHZVRI WKH$ODEDPD¡VĂ€UVW female president. “I told our ladies that it just goes to show their dreams have no ceiling and that they can truly do

DQ\WKLQJWKH\VHWWKHLUPLQGVWRÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG “Including becoming president of the University of $ODEDPDÂľ Dr. Bonner assumes the presidency during a time of unprecedented growth and achievement in all areas of the University. ´,WLVDQLQFUHGLEOHWLPHIRU$ODEDPDÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG “I am so excited about all we have accomplished as a University and I can’t wait to see where Dr. Bonner is JRLQJWROHDGXVÂľ Dr. Bonner holds two degrees from The University of Alabama – the B.S. in nutrition and the M.S. in food and nutrition – and the Ph.D. in human nutrition from The Ohio State University. She was named dean of the College of Human Environmental Studies at UA in 1989 and, prior to that, served as special assistant to the president, assistant academic vice president and head of the department of human nutrition and hospitality management. She has held faculty positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and The Ohio State University. 'U%RQQHULVDQDFWLYHPHPEHURI FLYLFVFLHQWLĂ€F and professional organizations and is the author of numerous articles.


/LIHRQ7KH8QLYHUVLW\RI $ODEDPDFDPSXVLVGHÀQHGE\RSSRUWXQLWLHV,I \RXZDQW to get involved, join one of more than 350 student organizations, help plan concerts and speaker series, participate in intramural teams or run for student government. If you enjoy the arts, you can take advantage of a rich and varied schedule of musical, dance and theatre performances, art galleries and exhibitions, lectures and readings by writers, poets and experts on every topic imaginable. You can enrich \RXUNQRZOHGJHRI WKHVWDWHDQG8QLYHUVLW\¡VKLVWRU\E\YLVLWLQJRQHRI 8$¡VÀQH museums, which house countless historical artifacts and offer hands-on exploration opportunities. From the architecture on campus to the landscaping, the University of Alabama campus is one of the most beautiful places in the state of Alabama. The Ferguson Center was completed in 1973. Plans at the time called for the building to be constructed over Woods Hall, but it was built slightly to the north thanks to a student campaign to save the art building. The Ferguson Center Game Room is the perfect place to unwind, test your skill at a video game, play a friendly game of pool or Ping-Pong, or enter a campus tournament. With seven pool tables, video games, a Ping-Pong table, computer gaming and televisions, the Game Room offers a fun escape from the daily pressures of college life. The University of Alabama offers a complete educational, cultural and social H[SHULHQFH:KDWHYHU\RXULQWHUHVWV\RX¡OOÀQGDJURXSDQRUJDQL]DWLRQDQDFWLYLW\ or a program that will appeal to you at UA. 7KH6WXGHQW5HFUHDWLRQ&HQWHURIIHUVÀUVWFODVVUHFUHDWLRQIDFLOLWLHVWRVWXGHQWV faculty and staff. It includes two multi-use gyms, nine multi-purpose courts, weight machines, 1/8-mile jogging track, extensive cardio area, locker rooms, indoor swimming pool, dry and steam saunas, 12 lighted tennis courts, four aerobics rooms, eight racquetball courts and a squash court—together encompassing more than 200,000 square feet. The facility’s outdoor aquatic area, which opened in the summer of 2003, features a lazy river, lap swim, large water-park-type slide and plenty of deck space.


Ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade, the University of Alabama ranked 31st among public universities, its highest ranking ever, in the 2012 rankings. UA’s most recent college rankings include: ‡ 7KH6FKRRORI /DZLVUDQNHGWKDPRQJDOOODZVFKRROVLQWKHQDWLRQVSULQJ ‡ 7KH0DQGHUVRQ*UDGXDWH6FKRRORI %XVLQHVVLVOLVWHGWKDPRQJWKH´WRSPRVWSRSXODUEXVLQHVVVFKRROVµ based on the percent of accepted applicants who chose to attend the school. ‡ 7KH6FKRRORI 6RFLDO:RUNLVUDQNHGQGQDWLRQDOO\VSULQJ ‡ $ODEDPD·VIDOOIUHVKPDQFODVVUDQNHGVHFRQGLQWKHQDWLRQDPRQJSXEOLFXQLYHUVLWLHVLQWKHHQUROOPHQWRI  National Merit Scholars, with 181 scholars enrolled, up by more than 50 over the previous year’s 128. ‡ ,QWKHVSULQJRI WKUHH8$VWXGHQWVZHUHQDPHG*ROGZDWHU6FKRODUVDQGRQHZDVQDPHGD7UXPDQ6FKRODU bringing UA’s totals for the past 25 years to 37 Goldwater Scholars and eight Truman Scholars. Alabama has produced 15 Rhodes Scholars and numerous Hollings Scholars. ‡ 7KH8$/LEUDULHVUDQNWKRXWRI 86DQG&DQDGLDQXQLYHUVLW\OLEUDULHVTXDOLI\LQJIRUPHPEHUVKLSLQWKH prestigious Association of Research Libraries and 32nd among public university libraries. UA has made dramatic LPSURYHPHQWLQWKHUDQNLQJVPRYLQJXSIURPQGRYHUDOODQGWKDPRQJSXEOLFXQLYHUVLW\OLEUDULHVLQWKHSDVW 10 years. ‡ (QUROOPHQWDW$ODEDPDUHDFKHGDUHFRUGKLJKRI IRUIDOO7KHSDVWHQWHULQJIUHVKPDQFODVVDW VWXGHQWVZDVWKHODUJHVWLQ8$KLVWRU\DQGLQFOXGHGVWXGHQWVZKRKDGDRUKLJKHUFXPXODWLYHKLJKVFKRRO GPA. ‡ 7KHXQGHUJUDGXDWHSURJUDPDWWKH&XOYHUKRXVH6FKRRORI $FFRXQWDQF\DW$ODEDPDLV1RLQPublic Accounting Report’s most recent annual professors’ survey. The UA graduate program in accounting was ranked 24. ‡ PRWeek Magazine has recognized the public relations program in Alabama’s College of Communication and ,QIRUPDWLRQ6FLHQFHVDVRQHRI WKHWRSÀYHSURJUDPVLQWKHQDWLRQHDFKRI WKHSDVWIRXU\HDUV ‡ 3DUWLFLSDWLRQLQRULJLQDOUHVHDUFKDQGFUHDWLYHDFWLYLWLHVLVEHFRPLQJDKDOOPDUNRI WKHXQGHUJUDGXDWHH[SHULHQFH at Alabama. More than 400 undergraduates now showcase their research and creative activity projects at UA’s DQQXDO´8QGHUJUDGXDWH5HVHDUFKDQG&UHDWLYH$FWLYLW\&RQIHUHQFHµ ‡ $ODEDPDVWXGHQWVDUHFRPPLWWHGWRFRPPXQLW\VHUYLFH,QWKHDFDGHPLF\HDUDORQHPRUHWKDQ 8$VWXGHQWVFRPSOHWHGSOXVKRXUVRI FRPPXQLW\VHUYLFHZLWKFRPPXQLW\SDUWQHUV1HDUO\ students participated in 150 service-learning courses. ‡ $ODEDPDKDVEHHQQDPHGWRWKH3UHVLGHQW·V+LJKHU(GXFDWLRQ&RPPXQLW\6HUYLFH+RQRU5ROOE\WKH&RUSRUDWLRQ for National and Community Service. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.


The University of Alabama’s director of athletics since 1999, Mal Moore has made an indelible mark on one of the nation’s most storied athletic programs, leading a department that has enjoyed tremendous success athletically and academically and has undergone an unprecedented period of growth during his tenure. Through his guidance, Alabama’s athletics department remains focused on his vision of having all Crimson Tide athletic teams and student-athletes competitive at the highest level nationally while continuing to elevate athletic facilities at the Capstone to premier status nationally for all sports. During his tenure as director of athletics, Moore has overseen more than $200 million of capital improvements to University of Alabama athletic facilities. Those projects have encompassed the entire scope of all Crimson Tide athletic programs and have EHQHÀWWHGHYHU\$ODEDPDVWXGHQWDWKOHWHFRDFKDQGDGPLQLVWUDWRU  7KURXJKRXWKLVFDUHHU0RRUHKDVZRUNHGZLWKDGLYHUVLÀHGÀHOG of constituents, from fellow coaches and former players, to fans and the business community. All of those experiences and relationships – in addition to his ability to unify those many constituents – have made him the ideal person to lead Alabama athletics in the 21st century. Moore’s dedication to and love of the University of Alabama was recognized on March 28, 2007, when, as a permanent tribute to his lifelong contribution to the University of Alabama, the Board of Trustees RI WKH8QLYHUVLW\RI $ODEDPDRIÀFLDOO\GHGLFDWHGWKHIDFLOLW\IRUPHUO\ known as the Football Building as the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Under Moore’s direction, Alabama’s athletic teams have produced national championship teams in football (2009 and 2011), gymnastics (2002, 2011 and 2012), women’s golf (2012) and softball (2012) and Southeastern Conference championships in football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s cross country and softball. Alabama athletes have earned some of the highest honors the SEC and NCAA have to offer, including SEC Athlete of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Top VIII, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and NCAA Sportsperson of the Year. These honors are over and above the individual conference and national titles that

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Alabama athletes continue to bring home to the Capstone on a regular basis. In addition to making his mark on Alabama, Moore also has made a national impact as a key member of several prestigious NCAA and college football committees. Moore has served on the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee, the SEC Athletic Directors Bowl Advisory Committee, and the Big Six Conferences Minority Coaches Forum. Moore’s distinguished record of service to UA began more than 50 years ago when he joined the Crimson Tide football squad as a VFKRODUVKLSSOD\HUIRUFRDFK3DXO´%HDUÂľ%U\DQWIURP0RRUH has the distinction of being a part of nine national championship IRRWEDOOWHDPVDVDSOD\HUFRDFKDQGDWKOHWLFGLUHFWRU  1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009 and 2011), 17 SEC championships and 39 bowl trips. He is the only individual connected with the Tide program to be a part of nine national football championships. In 2011, Moore was elected to the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a coach and an administrator. The National Football Foundation then named Moore its 2012 John L. Toner Award winner, presented annually to the athletic director who has “demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college IRRWEDOOÂľ During a coaching career that spanned 31 years, Moore spent 22 of those at Alabama with stops at Montana State, Notre Dame and the NFL’s St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals. At Alabama, Moore VWDUWHGDV&RDFK%U\DQW¡VJUDGXDWHDVVLVWDQWLQDQGWKHQZDV GHIHQVLYHEDFNĂ€HOGFRDFKIRUVL[VHDVRQVEHJLQQLQJLQEHIRUH becoming quarterbacks coach from 1971-82, also serving as the Tide’s Ă€UVWRIIHQVLYHFRRUGLQDWRUVWDUWLQJLQ+HUHWXUQHGDVRIIHQVLYH coordinator under Gene Stallings from 1990-93 before moving into athletic administration.  $JUDGXDWHRI WKH8QLYHUVLW\RI $ODEDPD0RRUHKROGVERWK DQXQGHUJUDGXDWHGHJUHHLQ6RFLRORJ\DQGD0DVWHU¡V'HJUHH in Secondary Education from the Capstone. A native of Dozier, Ala., he was married to the former Charlotte Davis of Tuscaloosa for 41 years before she passed away after a long illness in 2010. He has one daughter, Mrs. Steve (Heather) Cook of Scottsdale, Ariz., a granddaughter, Anna Lee, and a grandson, Charles Cannon.

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 )RUWKH$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFVWHDPWKHÀQDO rotation of the 2012 NCAA Championships was like dÊjà vu of the best kind. In fact, the Crimson Tide’s entire national championship experience in 2012 was reminiscent of 2011 in Cleveland, when $ODEDPDZRQLWVÀIWKQDWLRQDOWLWOHWKRXJKWKHUH were certainly twists along the way. In 2011, Alabama headed into the FKDPSLRQVKLS¡VÀQDOURWDWLRQRQO\DKHDG of UCLA. In 2012, Alabama trailed No. 1 seed Florida by the same margin. In 2011, Alabama KHDGHGWRWKHà RRUH[HUFLVHZKLOHGHIHQGLQJ NCAA champion UCLA took to the balance beam, and Oklahoma sat on a bye with a score good enough to win, if the Crimson Tide and

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Bruins faltered. In 2012, the Gators went to WKHà RRUZKLOHGHIHQGLQJFKDPSLRQ$ODEDPD headed to the beam and UCLA sat on a bye with a score that would have won the previous two championships. If all that wasn’t enough, Alabama and Florida ZHUHWLHGDWWKHPLGSRLQWRI WKDWÀQDOURWDWLRQ just as the Bruins and Tide had been in 2011. From there things were a little different. While Alabama took the lead with its fourth routine in 2011 and never looked back, in 2012 the Gators retook the lead with their fourth routine and VWD\HGLQIURQWDIWHUWKHLUÀIWK:KHQWKHÀQDO Gator scored a 9.925, it gave Florida a team score of 197.775, just ahead of the Bruins with

HYHU\RQHLQWKHDUHQDZDLWLQJRQ$ODEDPD¡VĂ€QDO competitor to see if it was enough to put the Tide on top once again.  :KLOHWKDWĂ€QDOURWDWLRQVHHPHGYHU\ familiar to the rest of the Crimson Tide veterans, it was a vastly different experience for Ashley Priess. In 2011, following surgery on both ankles prior to the regular season, she had been on the sidelines as her teammates powered their way to the title. Now Priess was standing on the podium, waiting to salute the judges and compete for a championship. After senior Geralen Stack-Eaton’s 9.9 in the Ă€IWKSRVLWLRQ3ULHVVQHHGHGDWRWLHWKH Gators; anything better would win. After watching Kayla Hoffman in the same position the year before, Priess was ready.

“Championships always come down to the last routine and no matter if it was a close meet or not a close meet, I knew I had to do my job and I knew that I was capable of doing it to the best of my ability,â€? Priess said. “The only thing that was going through my mind was to be calm, cool and collected and just do my job.â€? With every eye inside The Arena at Gwinnett Center on her, the Illinois native did just that. She PRXQWHGWKHEHDPDQGSURFHHGHGWRFRQĂ€GHQWO\ VZHHSWKURXJKDQHDUĂ DZOHVVURXWLQH$IWHU nailing her dismount, Priess raced down the podium steps and into the arms of her jubilant teammates. “All the way through Ashley’s routine, we were all grouped together and holding onto each other

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and talking to her as she was going through her routine,â€? Stack-Eaton said. “We were saying ‘Okay, come on, connect!’ and ‘Chest up!’ and ‘Stick!’ and ZHMXVWDOOMXPSHGXSLQWKHDLUZKHQVKHĂ€QLVKHG We didn’t know what our fate was, but we just knew that we all did what we possibly could.â€? When Priess’ score came up, the celebration VWDUWHGDOORYHUDJDLQDVDĂ DVKHGJLYLQJWKH Crimson Tide its second NCAA championship in a row, this time by just .075. All told, the top Ă€YHWHDPVĂ€QLVKHGZLWKVFRUHVRYHUDQGWKH GLIIHUHQFHEHWZHHQĂ€UVWDQGWKLUGSODFHZDVWKH closest in championship history at only a tenth of a point. “I said going into the championship that it would be the closest and most competitive championship that I had ever coached in,â€? Patterson said. “I felt like because of the quality of teams, it was going to come down to the very end, and it did.â€? It certainly was a storybook ending to Priess’ comeback season, and it was all that Patterson had hoped for.

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“Ashley came back this year and used the hurt and frustration from a year ago to fuel herself and this team,â€? Patterson said moments after the championship.  :KLOHWKH7LGH¡VĂ€QLVKLVWKHVWXII RI OHJHQG its entire championship run was magical and it both started and ended on the balance beam.  $ODEDPDEHJDQ)ULGD\QLJKW¡VVHPLĂ€QDOVHVVLRQ on the balance beam, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend with an extraordinary 49.6 performance. Kim Jacob started the Tide off with a 9.9, a scored matched by Kayla Williams and Sarah DeMeo before Stack-Eaton and Priess powered through to the end with matching 9.95s. After its strong start, Alabama went on to total DWKHKLJKHVWVHPLĂ€QDOVFRUHRI HLWKHU session, edging out the Gators by .025. In the Super Six, Alabama picked up where it left off the night before, posting a 49.450 on the Ă RRUH[HUFLVHDQFKRUHGE\DIURP6WDFN Eaton. Things got even better on the vault, where WKH\KDGĂ€YHRUEHWWHUURXWLQHVLQFOXGLQJD 9.95 from Diandra Milliner and a 9.975 from

Stack-Eaton, resulting in a 49.625. A 49.275 on the uneven bars by the Tide and a 49.475 on the balance beam by the Gators, allowed Florida to SXOODKHDGJRLQJLQWRWKHVL[WKDQGÀQDOURWDWLRQ VHWWLQJXSDQHGJHRIWKHVHDWFKDPSLRQVKLSÀQDOH for the second year in a row. When all the scores were tallied, Alabama turned in the highest scores of the Super Six RQWKHà RRUH[HUFLVHYDXOWDQGEDODQFHEHDP The Tide’s 49.6 beam performance during the VHPLÀQDOVPDWFKHGWKHKLJKHVWEHDPVFRUHLQ history of the national championships. Individually, Stack-Eaton scored a career-best 39.700 while Priess posted a 39.575, the secondhighest score of her career. During their two days of balance beam dominance, Jacob led off both nights with a 9.9 while Williams, who competed RQWKHEHDPIRUWKHÀUVWWLPHLQWKH7LGH¡VUHJXODU VHDVRQÀQDOHVFRUHGPDWFKLQJVRI KHURZQ while Priess scored 9.95 both nights. In the joyous Crimson Tide pandemonium WKDWIROORZHGWKHFRQÀUPDWLRQWKDW$ODEDPDZDV indeed the 2012 national champions, Priess and

Stack-Eaton, the Tide’s anchors and leaders, found HDFKRWKHUKXJJHGĂ€HUFHO\WROGRQHDQRWKHU´:H did it!â€? over and over before being whisked off to be interviewed by ESPN. When the interviews were done, the two rejoined their team and just as they had won the title, Alabama ascended the VWDLUVWRJHWKHUVWRRGEHKLQGWKHĂ€UVWSODFHEDQQHU and accepted their second national championship trophy in as many years and sixth in UA history. In the relative quiet of the post-championship press conference, Priess told the gathered media what she felt had made the difference that day for Alabama. “Before the competition, we all had an assignment from the coaches to write down why we love being an Alabama gymnast and pretty much every single person answered that it was about the tradition, and that it was about how we are all family and that we all have each other’s backs through good times and bad,â€? Priess said. “I think that came out tonight, the way that we love each other and truly care about each other and I think it brings out the best in us all.â€?

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BACK2BACK, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN Winning back-to-back NCAA team titles wasn’t the only thing causing the Alabama gymnastics team a serious case of dĂŠjĂ  vu during its four-day national championship trip to Duluth, Ga. in April of 2012. In addition to its second NCAA championship in a row, the Crimson Tide bookended the championships by doubling up on a pair of prestigious individual honors. The night before the FKDPSLRQVKLSVHPLĂ€QDOVGXULQJWKH NCAA Championships Banquet, Alabama senior Rachel Terry was presented with the NCAA Elite 89 Award, marking the third year in a row a Crimson Tide gymnast has earned the honor and the second year in a row the senior from Hoover, Ala., earned the award, presented annually to the studentathlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at WKHĂ€QDOVLWHIRUHDFKRI WKH1&$$¡V 89 championships. Terry, who carried a perfect 4.0 GPA for her career, followed in the footsteps of Kassi Price, who earned the inaugural award as a senior in 2010 with a 4.0 GPA of her own. “I think it is a testament to the ideals that are most important to this program that one of our ladies has earned the Elite 89 Award in each RI LWVĂ€UVWWKUHH\HDUVLQH[LVWHQFHÂľ Sarah Patterson said. “It speaks volumes about the level of excellence that our ladies aspire to on a daily basis.â€? A four-year Scholastic AllAmerican, Terry majored in early childhood education. She was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Delta Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and earned the College of Human Environmental Science’s Phi Upsilon Omicron Award during her Tide career.

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Then, less than 24 hours after Alabama’s won its second NCAA team championship in a row and sixth overall, Geralen Stack-Eaton extended the Crimson Tide’s threeday dominance on the balance beam by winning the individual national championship on the event with a score of 9.9375. “During that beam routine that was the calmest I’d ever been. I guess because I knew that was it and whatever happened, happened,â€? Stack-Eaton said. “I was just so calm and knew I was just going to go up there and give it my all. Before I was really calm and after I hit my Onodi, I was like ‘Yes! I made it.’ After I hit my dismount, I knew it was going to be good, but not that good.â€? It was Stack-Eaton’s second individual NCAA title in as many \HDUVDIWHUZLQQLQJWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH LQ,WZDVDOVR$ODEDPD¡VĂ€IWK LQGLYLGXDOEDODQFHEHDPWLWOHDQGĂ€UVW since AndreĂŠ Pickens won the title in 1999. It was the Tide’s 23rd individual national championship. Stack-Eaton ZDVDOVRVHFRQGRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH in 2012 after scoring a 9.9375. It was the perfect end to a very good weekend for the Horsham, Pa., native, who scored a 9.9 or better on WKHEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVH in all three nights of the national championships. She also earned four All-America honors for the third year in a row, giving her 12 accolades for KHUFDUHHUW\LQJKHUIRUĂ€IWKDOOWLPH at Alabama. In the end, despite all the individual honors, it was all about team for Stack-Eaton. “I think what meant the most to me is that for two nights in a row, I was consistent for my team, and then on the last night, for myself,â€? StackEaton said. “It was nice to prove to myself that I could do that.â€?

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A CHAMPION’S WELCOME

The 2012 Alabama gymnastics team returned to a champion’s welcome at Coleman Coliseum in the hours following Geralen Stack-Eaton won the Crimson Tide’s 23rd individual NCAA title and the day after the team used a superb balance beam rotation to power its way to its second national championship in a row. “As exciting and wonderful as it was to win this championship, to be able to bring it back to Tuscaloosa and share it with our amazing fans is just the best feeling in the world,” Sarah Patterson said. Alabama director of athletics Mal Moore and hundreds of fans were on hand to greet Patterson and the Crimson Tide’s latest national champions, ZKRIROORZHGWKHÁDVKLQJOLJKWVRI DSROLFHHVFRUW up Coliseum Drive before pouring out of the team bus led by the senior All-America trio of Ashley Priess, Geralen Stack-Eaton and Rachel Terry, DQGWKHKHDY\ZRRGDQGJROGWURSK\WKDWVLJQLÀHV Alabama’s sixth NCAA gymnastics championship and third in the past decade.

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CELEBRATING BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS

While the 2012 gymnastics team was making its triumphant homecoming with its sixth NCAA championship trophy last April, the University of Alabama was already busy planning a celebration worthy of the latest Crimson Tide champions. So it came to past that just a week after the Tide scored a 197.850 to win the 2012 NCAA championship, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, Director of Athletics Mal Moore and President Judy Bonner along with thousands of fans were on hand to congratulate the gymnasts, FRDFKHVDQGVWDII RQWKH7LGH¡VĂ€UVWEDFNWREDFNQDWLRQDOFKDPSLRQVKLSV7KHQLJKWLQFOXGHGYLGHRV of the season, awards and words of praise.  ´,W¡VYHU\GLIĂ€FXOWWREHWKHEHVW\RXFDQEHDVDWHDPÂľ6DEDQZKRVHRZQWHDPZRQWKH national title in January, said. “This team, winning back-to-back championships, I can’t tell you how proud I am and how I appreciate these young ladies for the hard work that they do, the great job that they’ve done in representing the University of Alabama and what their success has been over the last two years.â€? At the end of the celebration, as the pep band played, the gymnasts danced and sang along with WKH$ODEDPDĂ€JKWVRQJDVWKHDLUZDVĂ€OOHGZLWKFRQIHWWL$VWKHPXVLFFKDQJHGWR4XHHQ¡V´:HDUH WKH&KDPSLRQVÂľWKH7LGHVHQLRUVGRXVHGKHDGFRDFK6DUDK3DWWHUVRQZLWKD*DWRUDGHEDUUHOĂ€OOHG with confetti. “Tonight is about honoring these 18 women who have achieved so much to continue our legacy, pride and tradition,â€? Patterson said earlier in the night.

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PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION

When the University of Alabama started the 2011-12 school year, only two Crimson Tide teams, football and gymnastics, had won national championships. Through that extraordinary year, not only did those two sports win their 14th and sixth national titles respectively, but two more Alabama teams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf and softball â&#x20AC;&#x201C; brought home NCAA trophies as well. With those four titles, Alabama not only led the nation in the most NCAA Division I titles in that season, but the three won in the spring were the most womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titles over that same span. With that in mind, UA president Dr. Judy Bonner gathered the Alabama gymnastics, softball and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf student-athletes, coaches and staff the day before classes got underway for the 2012-13 academic year for a luncheon to celebrate those spring titles. Alabama gymnastics, under head coach Sarah Patterson, won its sixth national title and second in a row in April. 7KHQLQODWH0D\0LF3RWWHUDQGWKHZRPHQ¡VJROI WHDPZRQLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$WLWOHZKLOH3DWULFN0XUSK\¡VVTXDGZRQWKH 7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDOVRIWEDOOWLWOHLQ-XQH â&#x20AC;&#x153;When each of you started school last fall, you were student-athletes, very good student-athletes, but studentDWKOHWHVÂľ%RQQHUVDLGLQRSHQLQJWKHOXQFKHRQ´<RXĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKH\HDUDVQDWLRQDOFKDPSLRQVDQGZHDUHYHU\SURXGRI  all you accomplished.â&#x20AC;? The deans of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various colleges were also on hand, joining Bonner in honoring the Tide. Bonner noted that each team not only excelled athletically, but in the classroom as well, and that the University appreciated the balance of excellence each team brought to their roles as student-athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Bonner, I have worked for nine presidents here at Alabama, and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate that in a year when our women won three national championships, that you are our leader,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said during the luncheon. At the end of the luncheon, the three head coaches presented Bonner with a framed print that featured all four of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championships from 2011-12.

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CHAMPIONSHIP BLING UNDER THE LIGHTS

In April of 2012, 18 women came together in one of the most exciting, and downto-the-wire NCAA Championships in the history of collegiate gymnastics and won it all. In September, those women, their coaches and support staff gathered together on a warm Tuscaloosa Saturday night and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in front of 101,821 fans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the back-to-back NCAA champion Alabama gymnastics team received their championship rings during halftime of the Alabama-Mississippi football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;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,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is what they work for every day. It is the goal, for both athletes and coaches, every year.â&#x20AC;?  7KHOLQHRI J\PQDVWVFRDFKHVDQGVWDII ZDONHGWRPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGDWWKHVWDUWRI KDOIWLPHDQG one-by-one, they received their rings from Director of Athletics Mal Moore and as each of their names were called over the loud speakers, the gathered Alabama faithful roared their approval, culminating in a huge cheer when the announcer said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ladies and gentlemen please stand and deliver a rolling tide for your back-to-back national gymnastics champions.â&#x20AC;? It was the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth NCAA championship under coaches Sarah and David Patterson, and the third title in the past decade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was the 11th time David and I have received championship rings during a Crimson Tide football game, and it never gets old,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it was last year with the WHDPRU\HDUVDJRZLWKRXUYHU\Ă&#x20AC;UVWFKDPSLRQVKLSWHDPWKHPHPRULHVRI WKHVH extraordinary moments we share bind these women together for a lifetime.â&#x20AC;?

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A BUSY HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Within a very busy two-day period, Alabama mixed a celebration of the 2012 NCAA championship team with the introduction to the 2013 Crimson Tide squad during Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming weekend. The Tide started the weekend with its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghosts and Goblinsâ&#x20AC;? intrasquad. That night, Sarah Patterson spoke and the 2012 NCAA championship squad was recognized during the Homecoming pep UDOO\DQGERQĂ&#x20AC;UHRQWKH8QLYHUVLW\4XDG Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 NCAA championship coaches Sarah Patterson, Patrick Murphy (softball) and Mic Potter (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf) were named Grand Marshals of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming parade, adding FKDPSLRQVKLSĂ DLUWRWKHZHHNHQG¡V´7LPHOHVV7UDGLWLRQVÂľWKHPH Patterson and Murphy were on hand to lead the parade, while Potter and his team were out of town competing. Both the 2012 and 2013 gymnastics teams were also part of the parade, greeting fans from WKHLUĂ RDWWRZDUGWKHIURQWRI WKHSURFHVVLRQDVLWZRXQGLWVZD\ through town and campus. After the parade, gymnasts and coaches alike signed autographs on the Quad for fans young and old before heading to BryantDenny Stadium to watch the Tide football team trounce Mississippi State 38-7. At halftime of the game, Grand Marshals Patterson and 0XUSK\ZHUHUHFRJQL]HGDWPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQIURQWRI IDQV

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A PATTERSON FAMILY TRIPLE CROWN

Sarah and David Patterson have called the University of Alabama home for 35 years and it is where they nurtured not only a tradition of excellence within the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics program, but a family of their own as their daughters Jessie and Jordan grew up watching their parents add to Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship legacy, one trophy at a time. In time, both Jessie and Jordan joined the family business. Jessie earned a pair of degrees from Alabama, graduating with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in journalism in the spring of 2008 as well as a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in journalism in 2010. In April of 2010, she joined her parents on the UA staff when she was named the assistant editor for Alabama Alumni Magazine. She is now a communications specialist in the external affairs department within UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Student Affairs. As an undergraduate, Jessie approached Alabama athletics from a different angle, spending much of her career on the journalistic VLGHRI VSRUWVVHUYLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVWDVDUHSRUWHUWKHQ VSRUWVHGLWRUDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\PDQDJLQJHGLWRURI The Crimson White, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student newspaper. She also spent three years covering high school football, along with Alabama footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring and preseason football camps, for The Tuscaloosa News.

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In December of 2008, Jessie added another Alabama tie to the family when she married Brett Jones, a UA graduate who is a fan of all things Alabama, especially when it has a Patterson component to it. When Jordan signed her national letter of intent to play softball for the Crimson Tide in WKHIDOORI VKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\EHFDPHWKHODWHVW Patterson to make the Capstone her home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David and I could not be prouder that Jessie and Jordan chose to come to Alabama and be a part of a place that we love so much,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is truly a wonderful thing.â&#x20AC;? It was in 2012, during a year that would see four Alabama teams win national championships, that the Patterson family experienced a unique championship â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triple Crownâ&#x20AC;? all their own. It started in April when Sarah and David coached the Tide to its sixth NCAA gymnastics championship and second in a row in Duluth, Ga. Jessie and Brett were on hand for the excitement RI WKHGRZQWRWKHZLUHĂ&#x20AC;QDOHZKLOH-RUGDQDQG her teammates were nearby, traveling to Atlanta on a bus, after winning an SEC series at Georgia. Jordan was following the gymnastics scores on her iPhone while the bus rolled along and getting frequent updates from Jessie, all the while keeping

her teammates informed. A two-word text from Jessie â&#x20AC;&#x153;WE WON!!!â&#x20AC;? sent Jordan and the softball team into a cheering frenzy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so amazing, everyone went crazy,â&#x20AC;? Jordan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was just so happy and proud of my parents.â&#x20AC;? Shortly after Sarah and David returned from Duluth with the gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championship trophy in tow, they were in the stands at Rhoads Stadium as Jordan and her teammates started to collect championship hardware of their own. Sarah, David, Jessie and Brett were on hand when softball won its second Southeastern Conference championship in a row. They were also on hand when softball won NCAA Regional and Super Regional Championships at home, earning the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth trip to the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series in Oklahoma City. It was there in Oklahoma City, with David, Sarah and Jessie looking on, that Jordan and her teammates overcame Oklahoma in a rain-soaked game that extended well after midnight due to ZHDWKHUGHOD\VWRFODLPWKH7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDO softball title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our ladies were extraordinary,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the weather came, our players didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it bother them, they danced in rain while the

Alabama fans cheered them on, soaking wet in the stands.â&#x20AC;? With that win, Sarah, David and Jordan are EHOLHYHGWREHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIDWKHUPRWKHUGDXJKWHU trio to win an NCAA Division I national championship in the same year, a historic feat for the Pattersons. The Patterson triple crown culminated in Louisville, Ky., in July with Sarah serving as the keynote speaker at the Zeta Tau Alpha convention. She shared her message about the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink breast cancer awareness initiative, which is also ZTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national philanthropy. She also talked of lending a helping hand to those who need it while Jessie, a ZTA alumnae and current advisor, looked on. At the end of her talk, Sarah brought WKHURRPĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKFDPSXVOHDGHUVIURPDFURVV the country to their feet, cheering through their tears. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She made 850 women cry,â&#x20AC;? Jessie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an amazing and powerful moment.â&#x20AC;? Moments later, the ZTA community brought tears to Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes. She knew that she was being honored as the Conventionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Initiate, an honor presented to one woman every two years, but she had no idea of what was coming after her speech was over. When Sarah was done speaking,

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a member of the ZTA Foundation Board told Sarah and the audience that a vote had been taken and the ZTA Foundation would be donating $25,000 to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zetas gathered in Louisville for the 2012 Convention were moved by Sarah and her passion IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHUÂľ%HFN\.LUZDQ President of the ZTA Foundation said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Board voted to contribute $25,000 toward her work with the Power of Pink. It was an honor to have Sarah join our sisterhood and the Convention body believed this was a good way WRIXUWKHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWWKLVGLVHDVHÂľ For Sarah and Jessie, it was a perfect way to cap the incredible series of moments that came the Pattersonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so overwhelmed,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fathom that they would make a donation of that magnitude. All I kept thinking about was the impact that donation would have on the lives of women in the Tuscaloosa community. It was the crowning moment of an amazing time.â&#x20AC;? Appropriately enough, the ZTA Foundation will present the $25,000 donation on Friday, January 25, 2013, when Alabama hosts Kentucky for its annual Power of Pink meet. For Sarah one of the best aspects about the that July weekend with the ZTAs

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was being able to share it with her daughter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was all so wonderful, but to be able to share that with Jessie, to be inducted into the same sisterhood that she found at Alabama, it was just amazing,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. Sarah and David shared the success of 2012 not just with their immediate family and gymnastics family, but with their Crimson Tide coaching peers as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As an athletics department, we enjoyed so PXFKVXFFHVVWKDW,FDOOWKHFRDFKHVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXLWH in Coleman Coliseum â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Hall of Champions,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. During the 2011-12 academic season, not only did Sarah and David win their sixth NCAA gymnastics title, but their down-the-hall neighbors Patrick Murphy and Mic Potter led the Tide WRLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWVRIWEDOODQGZRPHQ¡VJROI QDWLRQDO championships, while Jay Seawellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team won the SEC Championship and took second at the NCAAs. Farther down the hall, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball and soccer teams both returned to their respective NCAA tournaments. All that success was kicked off by the football team winning its second national championship in three years and 14th overall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was truly an amazing year for the Alabama family,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never forget.â&#x20AC;?

Photos, clockwise, from the far left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1. David, Sarah, and Jordan Patterson along with Bret and Jessie Jones at Bryant-Denny Stadium after the gymnastics team received their championship rings. 2. Sarah, Jordan and David Patterson at 1 a.m. in Oklahoma City after the softball team won the 2012 NCAA championship. 3. Jessie and Sarah at the Zeta Tau Alpha Convention in July. 4. David and Sarah Patterson at the Gymnastics Championship Celebration in Coleman Coliseum. 5. The 2012 NCAA Championship Softball Team in Oklahoma City. 6. Lynn Chapman, Sarah and Jessie at the ZTA Convention in July.

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THE SARAH PATTERSON CHAMPIONS PLAZA

Sarah Patterson’s hall-of-fame career has been recognized in numerous ways over the past 34 years, but perhaps none have been as special as the honor bestowed upon her in the summer of 2012 by the University of Alabama and its Board of Trustees. During its June meeting, the UA Board of Trustees approved construction of a Champions Plaza to honor the achievements of the Crimson Tide athletics coaches and teams. It was also during that meeting, just weeks after Patterson led the Crimson Tide to its sixth NCAA gymnastics championship, that the board voted unanimously to name the Plaza in her honor. “We are thrilled to name this plaza in Sarah Patterson’s honor,” UA President Dr. Judy Bonner said. “As a coach, her ability to balance success in athletic, academic and community service endeavors has empowered her gymnasts to continue to lead lives of excellence and service after graduation.” The plaza will be located between Coleman Coliseum and Sewell-Thomas Stadium. “We named this plaza after Coach Sarah Patterson as a way to honor the great success she has enjoyed over the years in the

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gymnastics program, and the contributions that she has made to the University and the athletics department in general,” UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. The plaza, which is the result of two-plus years of ongoing discussions and planning for a way to recognize and honor Alabama’s championship tradition, comes on the heels of a tremendous year for Crimson Tide Athletics. “I have always been very proud to be a small part of the rich history and tradition of the University of Alabama. In that light, I am extremely humbled to be honored in this manner,” Patterson said. “I am truly grateful to our administration and the Board of Trustees. David and I have spent our entire careers at Alabama and have loved watching the growth of women’s athletics over our 34 years at the Capstone. It is also extremely gratifying that this honor comes in a year in which the Crimson Tide has enjoyed so much success, winning four national championships. The success our teams continue to enjoy is built on Alabama’s legacy and on the support we receive from the entire University, the Tuscaloosa community, our fans and alumni.”

Alabama won four national team titles during the 2011-12 academic year, starting with the BCS football championship in January and culminating with the Tide winning its sixth J\PQDVWLFVDQGLWVÀUVWZRPHQ·VJROI DQGVRIWEDOOWLWOHVRYHUD span of two months during the spring. “I don’t really feel that this is about me,” Patterson said. “I feel that this is about the University. I think it is about recognizing everyone. It is about championships, tradition, family and excellence. Those are the things we stand for.” Sarah and David Patterson are celebrating their 35th year at Alabama during the 2013 season. In addition to six national titles, they have led the Tide to seven Southeastern Conference championships and an NCAA-best 27 regional titles. They have also led Alabama to the NCAA Championships for the past 30 years in a row. “For David and I and our children, the University has long been an integral part of our family’s lives,” Sarah Patterson said. “Our daughter, Jessie, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama and now works on campus and Jordan is a member

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Having the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Champions Plaza named for her is just the latest honor in Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary Alabama career. During her 35 years at the Capstone, the four-time national coach of the year has DFFXPXODWHGHQRXJKDFFRODGHVWRĂ&#x20AC;OODERRNEXWWKHUHDUHDKDQGIXOWKDW stand out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been fortunate through my career to be honored for what David and I have achieved here at Alabama,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each award is special, and each represents a different facet of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? Patterson A-Club Scholarship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2011 Prior to the 2011 Alabama-Auburn gymnastics meet, the A-Club, UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letterwinners organization, announced the establishment of the Sarah Patterson A-Club Scholarship. Several members of the A-Club Executive Committee, including former gymnast Patti Rice Eggers, were on hand for the meet to present a check for $50,000, representing the A-Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial donation to the scholarship. The A-Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to raise funds to the fully-endowed amount of $300,000. Naming the scholarship in Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor was the idea of Ken Wilder, current president of the A-Club. Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion was approved unanimously in a meeting of the A-Club Executive Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The A-Club named this scholarship in Coach Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honor because of her long history with the gymnastics program and her tremendous accomplishments as our head coach,â&#x20AC;?

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Wilder, who lettered in football at the Capstone during the 1960s, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sarah has been such a great asset to our athletics department and to the University. She is the last coach that Coach (Paul) Bryant hired. Obviously itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned out to be a great hire.â&#x20AC;? Alabama Hospital Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Citation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2010 Sarah Patterson and David DeSantis, co-owner and general manager of Tuscaloosa Toyota, were honored in June of 2010 by the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) with its Special Citation Award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Patterson and Mr. DeSantis are individuals who truly care about the health of our citizens, especially women and the battle against breast cancer,â&#x20AC;? said J. Michael Horsley, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were instrumental in increasing cancer awareness and access to health care among women, particularly in the Tuscaloosa area. We celebrate their dedication to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and are pleased to be able to recognize their outstanding service with this award.â&#x20AC;? Patterson and DeSantis were honored for their work with the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative, which has raised more than $1.35 million for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund. The duo received the award at the annual DCH Leadership Forum during which Angel Pittman Burnett, a former club gymnast who succumbed to cancer in October 2009, was honored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is such an unexpected and wonderful honor,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any doubt that David and I, and everyone involved in the Power of Pink, are inspired and driven to do what we do by people like Angel. She gives focus to all we are trying to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? USAG Region 8 Hall of Fame â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2009 When Sarah Patterson was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame it was an honor that touched on her entire coaching career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David and I have spent our entire professional careers in Region 8 as club and college coaches,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The relationships weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve developed over the past 30 years have been pivotal in our careers and our personal life.â&#x20AC;? Sayers Distinguished Service Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2007  6DUDK3DWWHUVRQZDVVWXQQHGZKHQVKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIRXQGRXWWKDWVKH was to receive the E. Roger Sayers Distinguished Service Award, DEVROXWHO\Ă RRUHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nominated, much less be the recipient of the Sayers Award,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right up there with being selected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame â&#x20AC;&#x153; Created in 1996 by members of the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabinet and the National Alumni Association, the E. Roger Sayers Distinguished Service Award recognizes faculty and exempt administrative personnel who have performed in an exemplary

manner to further the mission of the University. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by the University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Sayers and what he meant to the University,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my most memorable moments from any of our championships is of him holding the championship trophy up in one hand and having a look of such satisfaction as he presented it to the team. ,KDYHWKDWSLFWXUHLQP\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHDQGLWLVRQHRI P\PRVWSUL]HG possessions. He had such a sincere appreciation for what we had accomplished and that meant the world to me.â&#x20AC;&#x153; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2003 As far as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame goes, it came sooner than Sarah Patterson thought it would. To be honest, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure it would ever happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought that if I ever did make it, it would be long after my career was over and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to push me up in my wheelchair,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said with a laugh. But her induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame came sooner rather than later. Sarah and David Patterson were in the midst of their 25th season coaching the Crimson Tide when the induction ceremony rolled around on March 8, 2003. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, the most important thing to understand is that while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my name on the plaque, this honor is Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and mine together,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because everything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to accomplish over the past 25 years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done together.â&#x20AC;? Accompanied by family, friends and supporters, the Pattersons traveled to Birmingham for the induction ceremony where they were surrounded by living reminders of just how much they have accomplished over the years. Many of their former gymnasts made the trip from all over the country for the induction banquet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To our student-athletes, past and present, you are the reason I continue to coach,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said during her induction speech. ´7RVHH\RXJURZDQGPDWXUHLQWRFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWVXFFHVVIXO\RXQJ women â&#x20AC;&#x201C; doctors, lawyers, businesswomen and mothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I stand in awe of your accomplishments in life and feel honored that David and I have been a small part of your success.â&#x20AC;? Patterson also thanked her staff, both past and present, making special mention of current assistant coach Bryan Raschilla, past assistants Marc Cohen and Scott Mackall, and long-time administrative assistant Rita Martin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You believed in our dream and shared in our vision for the future,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am grateful for your loyalty, your support and most of all your friendship.â&#x20AC;? Among the legends in the hall, Patterson is both worthy and unique. In the history of the ASHoF, among its hundreds of LQGXFWHHV3DWWHUVRQLVERWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRDFKRI DZRPHQ¡VVSRUW DQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIHPDOHFRDFK6KHEHFDPHRQO\WKHVL[WKZRPDQWR gain entrance to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

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With a championship tradition as long and rich as WKHRQHWKH$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFVSURJUDPKDVVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW anniversaries tend to pop up with great regularity. In addition to being Sarah and David Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35th season coaching at Alabama, the 2013 season once again affords the Crimson Tide the opportunity to celebrate a pair of championship anniversaries.

25th Anniversary

1988 NCAA and SEC Champions The 1988 season is where the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship legacy began. There had been individual titles before that point, including four national championships from Penney Hauschild, but prior to 1988 Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team titles were limited to four regional championships. Then came the 1988 Southeastern Conference Championships, held in Coleman Coliseum, and the beginning of what would be a perfect championship season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning SECs at home was huge,â&#x20AC;? Alli Beldon Kustoff, a senior captain on the 1988 team, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just remember Barb Mack talking about how close they had come to winning SECs and what

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WKDWZRXOGPHDQ:KHQZHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ZRQLWZDVDQ incredible feeling, and to do it at home in front of our fans made it even more special.â&#x20AC;? The Tide scored an SEC Championship record 190.15, nearly a point better than secondplace Georgia, to take the title. It marked the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDQ\WHDPKDGVFRUHGDDWWKH6(& Championships. Alabama kept things rolling at the regional championships in Baton Rouge, La., scoring an NCAA-record 191.750 to advance as the No. 1 seed to the NCAA Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think even though we were the top seed going into nationals, we still felt like we were the underdogs,â&#x20AC;? Marie Robbins, a sophomore on the 1988 team, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that the difference from my freshmen year to that year was our scoring potential. I felt that if we did the same job that we had at regionals, then we had a chance.â&#x20AC;? Being the top seed gave Alabama the Olympic rotation, meaning it would start on vault and then advance to the uneven bars and balance beam

EHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH)RU5REELQV and her teammates, the beam was the key. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We nailed six beam routines,â&#x20AC;? Robbins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After that, I think we liked our chances of getting Ă&#x20AC;YHJRRGĂ RRUVFRUHV:HNQHZDWWKDWPRPHQW we had a chance.â&#x20AC;?  $ODEDPDĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVWURQJRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH tallying an NCAA Championships record 190.050, more than a half point ahead of host school Utah.  :LQQLQJWKH1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW for Alabama outside of football, set off a slew of FHOHEUDWLRQVVWDUWLQJRQWKHĂ RRURI WKH+XQWVPDQ Center in Salt Lake City and continuing into the fall when the team received their championship rings DWPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGGXULQJWKH$ODEDPD9DQGHUELOWIRRWEDOO game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was so much that went along with winning those championships that was new to us,â&#x20AC;? Kustoff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were coming back to campus after nationals in the motor home and looking out the window and seeing police cars coming up beside us and then moving up in front of us with their OLJKWVĂ DVKLQJ,WWRRNXVDPLQXWHWRUHDOL]HWKDWZH were getting a police escort to the Coliseum.â&#x20AC;?

After being greeted by hundreds of fans at Coleman Coliseum, there was a parade down University Boulevard that culminated in a celebration ceremony at the base of Denny Chimes. The state legislature also declared April 30, 1988 as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alabama Gymnasts Day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole experience was amazing,â&#x20AC;? Kustoff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I remember the most was that we had so much fun. We really enjoyed being together.â&#x20AC;? For Robbins, it was the camaraderie that made the difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No team in any sport can underestimate the value of team chemistry,â&#x20AC;? Robbins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our seniors that year did a lot toward developing that. We had a group that loved to be with each other and werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for the season to be over.â&#x20AC;? The accomplishments of the 1988 Crimson Tide were especially poignant following a series of conversations between Sarah and David Patterson before the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had gotten to a point going into the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;88 season, after coming up a little short in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87, where we had some long talks about our philosophy of developing the whole person and being involved

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in the community and stressing academics and were we still going to try to keep that focus,â&#x20AC;? David Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided that yes, even if we never win a championship, this is the way we want to run our program.â&#x20AC;?  6RWKHWLWOHVPDUNHGQRWRQO\WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQD VWULQJRI FKDPSLRQVKLSVHDVRQVEXWWKHDIĂ&#x20AC;UPDWLRQ of everything the Pattersons held dear as coaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like 1988 validated our program,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It validated our philosophy of nurturing the total person â&#x20AC;&#x201C; athletically, academically and as members of the community around them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and still win championships. From that point on, David and I knew we could do things our way and continue to build a championship program.â&#x20AC;?

10th Anniversary

The 2003 SEC Champions There is a larger-than-life mural that covers one wall of the dance studio within the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics practice facility that captures the exact moment that Alabama won the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championship and Ashley Miles cemented her place as Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclamation

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SRLQWRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH'DYLG3DWWHUVRQ¡VDUPV are thrown in the air and the rest of the team is VFUHDPLQJLWVH[FLWHPHQWDV0LOHVODQGVKHUĂ&#x20AC;QDO tumbling pass to clinch the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest memory I have, the routine that ,UHPHPEHUWKHPRVWLV$VKOH\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRQWKH Ă RRUÂľ0LFKHOOH5HHVHU1HZEHUU\DVRSKRPRUH in 2003, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an amazing year with such a young team. We had a lot of fun all along the way, EXW,FDQFOHDUO\UHPHPEHU$VKOH\¡VĂ RRUURXWLQH and everyone coming unglued in the crowd after her landing.â&#x20AC;?  )RU0LOHVLWZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWRI IRXULQGLYLGXDO6(& Ă RRUH[HUFLVHWLWOHVDQGHDVLO\WKHPRVWH[FLWLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was probably when I realized that I enjoyed gymnastics, that it was a lot of fun,â&#x20AC;? Miles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be able to see everyone get so excited, to clinch that title with the score being so close, and to be able to do it as a freshman was awesome.â&#x20AC;? Miles electric routine closed out a back-andforth battle between Alabama and Georgia, a battle that seemed to be an extension of the 2002 SEC Championships, which Alabama lost to Georgia by just .05.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had lost SECs by such a small margin the year before, so the upperclassmen knew how much every .025 of a point meant,â&#x20AC;? Newberry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just kept getting better as the meet went on, building to Ashleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routine, to that moment.â&#x20AC;? Everyone had done her best to put the meet in Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands. Sophomore Jeana Rice had scored a career-best 39.750 to win the all-around, taking top honors on the balance beam and uneven bars along the way. Newberry and freshman Larissa Stewart posted career-best marks of 9.9 on the balance beam and uneven bars, respectively. On the Ă RRU.ULVWLQ6WHUQHUWKH7LGH¡VORQHVHQLRUDQG sophomore Stephanie Kite posted scores of 9.95 and 9.925 respectively to set things up for Miles. $VVKHSUHSDUHGIRUWKDWĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXWLQH*HRUJLD was already done, sitting on a 197.525. A quick calculation revealed that a 9.925 by Miles would tie the Bulldogs, anything better by the rookie would win. Sarah Patterson, knowing the score needed for WKH7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;IWK6(&FKDPSLRQVKLSZDONHGRYHUWR 0LOHVDWWKHVLGHRI WKHĂ RRUPDWDQGFDOPO\JDYH the freshman her usual pep talk.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She said the same things she always said,â&#x20AC;? Miles recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She told me to get up there and have fun, to just do what I knew how to do.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what Miles did, unleashing the huge tumbling that was her trademark in front of a huge Alabama crowd at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; score of 9.975 pushed Alabama to a 197.575 and a .050 win over Georgia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember looking over at the end of my routine and seeing everyone jumping around,â&#x20AC;? Miles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember running over and almost knocking Bryan (Raschilla) over and then hugging Sarah and all my teammates. It was an amazing moment.â&#x20AC;? For Sarah Patterson, the way her young team came together still resonates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember that half of our team were freshmen that year,â&#x20AC;? Sarah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\VRPHJURZLQJSDLQVLQWKHEHJLQQLQJ as everyone worked to settle in, but by the end theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come together as a team and on that night in Birmingham, they became champions.â&#x20AC;?

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Average Attendance 14,414 14,352 12,827 10,670 9,805 Average Attendance 14,414 12,827 8,768 6,282 6,200

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For Alabama gymnasts, competing at home is electrifying. Marching into Coleman Coliseum, hearing their names called one by one as 13,000-plus fans roar their approval â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is an experience like no other.  ´2XUODGLHVKDYHZRUNHGIRUVRPHVLQFHWKH\ZHUHIRXUDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH years old, in relative obscurity,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get near the recognition during their club careers, even at the Elite level, that they will here. I think the recognition they get here is one of the nicer aspects of their careers.â&#x20AC;? In 2012, on the way to its second NCAA championship in a row and sixth overall, the Crimson Tide was once again among the national leaders when it comes to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletics attendance. Alabama, which averaged 12,827 fans per meet, was ranked in the top three nationally in 2012, standing alongside Tennessee basketball and Utah gymnastics as the only womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs to draw more than 11,000 fans per event. It was the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-highest average in school history. Patterson takes a great deal of pride not only in the number of fans her program draws year-in and year-out, but the type of fans who come to see her gymnasts compete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fans are truly amazing,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive; they are constantly lifting our ladies to new heights. They are without a doubt the best fans in the country.â&#x20AC;? In 2012, the Tide once again led all Southeastern Conference gymnastics teams, averaging 4,000 more fans per meet than Georgia

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and 6,000 more than Florida. Overall, the Tide was second among all SEC womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs, just behind Tennessee basketball. Two 2012 Tide meets drew more than 14,000 fans and two others drew over 12,000. The 2012 season also marked the third year in a row that the UA gymnastics team drew four or more crowds of more than 12,000 fans. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 meet against Arkansas marked the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth sellout since 1997 and eighth in the past seven years. Nationally in 2012, Alabama and Utah were the only two gymnastics teams with attendance averages over 11,000. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 turnout was nothing new when it came to crowding Coleman Coliseum. It was the ninth year in a row that the Tide has averaged more than 10,000 fans per meet, a stretch that includes a school and SEC record 13,786 fans per meet in 2010. During that span, Alabama made history in 2008 when it became WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVFKRROLQJ\PQDVWLFVKLVWRU\WRGUDZWZRFURZGVRI RYHU 15,000 fans in a single season. In 2006, Alabama set a school and Southeastern Conference single-meet record of 15,162. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fans love when we win,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they love when we bring home championships, but they are just as appreciative of our success in other areas as well. The fans appreciate the type of people who are involved in the program, the emphasis on community involvement and academics; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the total package. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why people support us.â&#x20AC;? That appreciation is a two-way street. Alabama gymnasts are mindful of how great their fan base is. It is one factor that draws athletes to the Tide.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our crowds are so special and you really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t replicate it anywhere else,â&#x20AC;? 2011 Honda Award winner Kayla Hoffman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an amazing feeling. We have amazing fans and an HOHFWULI\LQJDWPRVSKHUH,¡OOGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\PLVVUXQQLQJRXWDQGIHHOLQJ like you were a part of something great.â&#x20AC;? Outstanding fan support can push a good team to greatness DQGDJUHDWWHDPWRFKDPSLRQVKLSVDIDFWFOHDUO\H[HPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HGE\WKH Alabama gymnastics program. The Crimson Tide has won three NCAA championships at home in front of some of the biggest crowds in NCAA history. The journey from Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural meet in 1975 to the packed houses of the past dozen years has been a long one. Success LQWHUPVRI ´ER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FHWRWDOVÂľFDPHJUDGXDOO\EXLOWE\HDFK generation of Alabama gymnasts â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember in the early days, looking up into the stands between rotations and being able to count the crowd . . . easily,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we worked at it, every year, in ways big and small. It was important to us not only to have a great team, but that people see that team as well.â&#x20AC;? The fan support shown the Alabama gymnastics team not only heralds the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, it sparks that success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The crowd can elevate your performance another notch, to a level above where it has been,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have used that in a lot of different respects. I like the type of crowd we have. I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become extremely educated in the sport of gymnastics, and they continue to get better every year.â&#x20AC;?

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Noteworthy Attendance Figures Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDVHWWKHVFKRRODQG6RXWKHDVWHUQ Conference single-season attendance record of 13,786 fans per meet in 2010. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDGUHZDVFKRRODQG6(&UHFRUG 15,162 fans for its Jan. 20, 2006, meet against Florida. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDDYHUDJHGIDQVSHUPHHWLQ 2012, the second-highest average in program history and the third-highest in all of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collegiate athletics during the 2011-12 academic year. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDVROGRXW&ROHPDQ&ROLVHXPIRUWKH ninth time in school history and for the eighth time in the past seven years on Feb. 17, 2012, against Arkansas. Â&#x2021; 2QO\WZRVFKRROV$ODEDPDDQG8WDKKDYH produced crowds of 15,000-plus. Over the past 10 years, Alabama has led the way with eight of the 14 crowds over 15,000. Â&#x2021; 7KH7LGH¡VPHHWVDJDLQVW*HRUJLDDQG $UNDQVDVLQPDUNHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQ collegiate gymnastics history that a program drew over 15,000 fans to two different meets in the same season. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKROGVWKHWRSVLQJOHPHHW attendance marks in SEC history.

ALABAMA GYMNASTICS, SOLD OUT! More than 40 times since 1995, crowds of more than 10,000 fans have poured into Coleman Coliseum to cheer on the Crimson Tide J\PQDVWLFVWHDP%XWĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJWKH&ROLVHXPDOO the way to the top, without a seat to be had? At Alabama that has happened an amazing nine times since 1997 and eight times in the past seven years, including the 2012 meet against Arkansas. Long one of the top draws in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DWKOHWLFV$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFVKDGLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHOORXWLQ 1997 when a then-capacity 15,043 fans crammed the Coliseum on Feb. 1 for the Alabama-Georgia meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was one of the most memorable moments of our career,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember people calling and saying theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still

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parking out at DCH and not to start the meet yet and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still people in the lobby and they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten in yet. When they were singing the National Anthem, I was looking up in the stands and I realized all these seats are full. There are over 15,000 people here to see Alabama gymnastics and to see these truly amazing female athletes.â&#x20AC;? In 2006, the Crimson Tide opened its home season in the newly renovated Coleman Coliseum versus the Florida Gators. Both teams were wearing pink for the second annual Power of 3LQNPHHWWRUDLVHDZDUHQHVVIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVW breast cancer. Patterson had asked the Tide fans to wear pink and they responded in force. Before the end of warm-ups word came down, WKHPHHWZDVDVHOORXWWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIRUDQ\VSRUWVLQFH the Coliseum renovation, and there was a

new SEC and Alabama record when a standing URRPRQO\FURZGRI Ă&#x20AC;OOHGWKHDUHQD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight was the result of a lot of long, hard work,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;More than just the sellout crowd though was the support for the cause. Tonight if one woman helps herself or a loved one, then all our work will be worthwhile.â&#x20AC;? The Crimson Tide reached another amazing milestone in 2008 when it sold out back-to-back meets, drawing 15,075 fans for the Georgia and Arkansas meets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is such a tremendous sight, to see 15,000 IDQVĂ&#x20AC;OOXS&ROHPDQ&ROLVHXPDQGWRKHDUWKHP cheering our ladies on,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But to have that happen twice in one year was truly amazing and one of the great highlights of my career.â&#x20AC;?

Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVGUDZQFURZGVRI SOXV WLPHVVLQFHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEUHDNLQJWKHNEDUULHU on March 4, 1995, when 12,021 fans flooded Coleman Coliseum for the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet against Georgia. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVDYHUDJHGPRUHWKDQIDQV SHUPHHWLQGLIIHUHQWVHDVRQVLQFOXGLQJĂ&#x20AC;YH when the Crimson Tide averaged over 12,000.

Alabama Gymnastics Coleman Coliseum Sellouts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Whether for practice, competition or the time in between, WKH$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFVSURJUDPXWLOL]HVVRPHRI WKHÀQHVW athletics facilities in the nation and those facilities continue to get better all the time.

The Frances Smith Practice Facility

Long one of the most spacious and welldesigned training gyms in the nation, the Frances Smith Gymnastics Practice Facility was revitalized during the summer of 2012, giving it a new look that included all new crimson matting among other amenities. “Since we moved in after the 1996 season, our facility has been one of the best in the nation, but this summer’s renovations really took it to a new level,” Sarah Patterson said. “When you step inside, you’re in a facility worthy of champions.” The new look includes reminders of the Crimson Tide’s rich championship heritage, highlighted by larger-than-life murals of the Tide’s

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2012 NCAA championship team and the 2011 Southeastern Conference championship team, as well as several Alabama legends. The passageway that leads from the gym also features seven images that are highlighted E\ZRUGVWKDWGHÀQH&ULPVRQ7LGHJ\PQDVWLFV tradition of excellence. “As we were preparing for this renovation, we asked our alumni to help us come up with words WKDWGHÀQHGZKDW$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFVZDVDOO about,” Sarah Patterson said. “We were able to incorporate the seven words that they came up with – tradition, family, excellence, heart, service, champions and leadership – throughout our facilities. I think it’s one of the more meaningful testaments to what our program stands for.” The Tide’s team suite also received some upgrades during 2012, including new hot and cold therapy tubs in the gymnastics training room. “Expanding our training room’s therapy room to include both hot and cold tubs is one of those things that will pay immediate dividends in terms of helping our ladies recover after practices,” Sarah

Patterson said. “It’s just another way we can help them be the best that they can be.” All aspects of the complex come together in a marriage of form and function that gives Alabama a training edge. That is important to the coaching staff, which spent countless hours in designing the 12,500 square-foot gym, but the most important aspect of the space isn’t readily apparent to the casual observer. “Our facility was designed to totally minimize and alleviate impact on the gymnasts,” Sarah Patterson said. “Not only is it a beautiful facility, but if you look closely you will notice that it was designed with the gymnasts’ bodies in mind.” Multiple soft landing pits are available for all four apparatus, giving the Tide the freedom to train skills in enhanced safety. That setup also gives Alabama the capability of teaching a variety of skills at the same time. “We have the equipment and space to chose how we want to run practice,” David Patterson said. “We can split into two or three groups or we can all be on one event if we are having an

intra-squad. It gives us the freedom to do that or to have everyone on four different events at the same time. We have the room and the staff to do that and be effective with it. Also, we put enough diverse things into the design of the facility where it is very helpful in terms of teaching new skills.” The main practice area includes an in-ground trampoline and tumbling strips. The sound system that drives the Tide’s practices is top-notch, VXUURXQGLQJWKHÁRRUH[HUFLVHDUHDZLWKWKHVDPH level of sound Alabama will encounter in a meet setting. The practice gym also includes a state-of-theart video analysis system, provided by the Tide’s booster organization, The Medalist Club. “It is an unbelievable tool in the gym,” Bryan Raschilla said. “It’s like having three extra coaches.” The system has several playback and analysis options that are in use every day in practice, allowing the coaches to provide instant feedback on a routine. Having three complete systems in the gym running at all times allows the coaches and

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gymnasts constant analysis. The system also helps compress the time it takes to make a change to a skill or routine, allowing the gymnasts to get more out of each practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The video system a huge help for us,â&#x20AC;? senior All-American Ashley Priess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It allows you to make corrections quicker, which ultimately helps \RXLPSURYHIDVWHUDQGPRUHHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWO\Âľ In addition to a variety of playback options, the coaches can also compare and contrast routines XVLQJDYDULHW\RI WRROVZLWKLQWKH'DUWĂ&#x20AC;VK3UR software. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we really want to get in-depth and break down technique and skills, we can use the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SimluCam and StroMotion features which were both used at the Olympic Games,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. The video system is just the newest technical addition to Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state-of-the-art training facility, which is part of the Coliseum annex completed in 1996. The main practice space boasts a design that is at once attractive and extremely functional. The equipment is all arranged to make WKHĂ RZRI SUDFWLFHH[WUHPHO\Ă XLG7KHUHDUHĂ&#x20AC;YH uneven bars stations, six balance beams, two vaults DQGDQRYHUVL]HGĂ RRULQSODFH

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A separate 2,000 square-foot aerobics/dance studio is connected to the main practice area and includes the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cardio equipment as well as a separate sound system that is utilized during its workouts. In addition to a fully equipped training room, the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team suite includes the locker room as well as a team room that includes study and computer stations and a meeting space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to always ensure that our ladies have everything that they need to be successful and our team suite is part of that commitment,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a study area and team meeting room to having a training room positioned between our practice gym and competition arena, our facilities are amazing.â&#x20AC;?

Coleman Coliseum

There are few atmospheres better in collegiate athletics than a gymnastics Friday night in Coleman Coliseum â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the roar of the crowd when Alabama marches in through the last routine. That atmosphere has only improved over the past several years, following major upgrades to the main arena of Coleman Coliseum aimed

at enhancing the meet-day atmosphere. The new amenities feature an array of state-of-the-art video boards, including a center-hung display that IHDWXUHVIRXUPDVVLYHKLJKGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWLRQYLGHRSDQHOV Ă DQNHGE\WZRYLGHRULQJV7KHHQWLUHXQLWZHLJKV more than 12,000 pounds. The center display is accompanied by a pair of video and stat displays on each end of the facility. The latest enhancements also include more Ă RRUVHDWLQJIRUWKHIDQVEULQJLQJWKHFURZG closer than ever to the action. Coleman Coliseum saw its greatest transformation prior to the 2006 season, when the entire facility was updated in grand fashion. Behind a bold modernized facade, the interior lobbies and concourses were expanded and upgraded. In the main seating area, 15,000-plus seats, all theater style, welcome gymnastics crowds along with a 6,400 square-foot club area along the east side of the arena. All these amenities enhance Coleman Coliseumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as one of the best places in the nation to watch gymnastics. Since the gymnastics team began competing in the Coliseum in the late-1980s, Alabama has hosted some of the biggest gymnastics meets in the country, including

the 1991, 1996 and 2002 NCAA championships and the 1988, 1993 and 1999 SEC Championships. The Tide hosts its 13th NCAA Regional Championship in the spring of 2013. The Coliseum also houses the gymnastics FRDFKHVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVXLWHZKLFKZDVUHQRYDWHGGXULQJ the summer of 2012 to highlight a championship legacy that includes six national championships, seven SEC titles as well as countless individual DFFRODGHV,QDGGLWLRQWRWKHFRDFKHVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVWKH suite includes a conference room and a workroom DVZHOODVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHVIRUJ\PQDVWLFV¡DGPLQLVWUDWLYH staff. The overall renovation to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic facilities, which entailed a more than $200 million capital building campaign, also included a new strength and conditioning center and an athletic training center that is among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very best. Both facilities are located in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility, adjacent to Coleman Coliseum. Another aspect of the athletics departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building campaign over the past decade that has paid huge dividends is the Bill Battle Academic &HQWHUDW3DXO:%U\DQW+DOORQHRI WKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVW academic centers in the nation, which opened in 2005 (for more on Bryant Hall, see page 26).

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Always a source of pride, Alabama gymnasticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academic excellence has hit an impressive stride over the past 25 years, providing some truly awe-inspiring results.

The University of Alabama is one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top scholastic institutions and the Crimson Tide gymnastics program is among those leading the charge of academic excellence, earning countless honors and continually producing outstanding results in the classroom. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tremendous success is in direct correlation to the level of importance the coaching staff puts on academics. Priority one at Alabama is a great education that will catapult Tide gymnasts into exciting futures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the day we begin recruiting an athlete to the day she walk across the stage at graduation, we stress academics as the most important aspect of their experience here at Alabama,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want our ladies to win national championships and I want them to break records, EXWĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGIRUHPRVW,ZDQWWKHPWRGRWKHEHVW they can in the classroom.â&#x20AC;? The emphasis the coaching staff puts on academics has paid huge dividends. On its way to winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2011 and 2012, Alabama posted two of its highest team grade-point averages in school history, a school record 3.71 in 2011 and a 3.55 in 2012.

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Over that two-year span, Alabama gymnasts earned 27 Scholastic All-America honors while every member of the team posted over a 3.1 GPA. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic prowess is nothing new. Alabama gymnasts have earned 12 NCAA and 10 Southeastern Conference postgraduate scholarships since 1983, with both totals leading all gymnastics programs on the national and conference levels. Additionally, three Alabama gymnasts have been named the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar Athlete of the Year, the SECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most coveted academic honor. The McWhorter is bestowed on the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top senior studentathlete, regardless of sport and carries with it a $15,000 scholarship that can be applied to the graduate program of the recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice. While the Tide has built a sparkling reputation in the academic arena, it is not just a case of letting a squad of naturally academically-talented athletes loose in the classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of our athletes are what I would consider average students, and yet they continue to perform at above-average levels, and that is what I am most proud of,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a misconception, I think, that all these young ladies

have a great deal of natural ability. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all bright young women, but I attribute our success to the fact that they come in here knowing that VFKRROFRPHVĂ&#x20AC;UVW7KH\NQRZZHIHHOWKDWZD\ and they take the support system, which is second to none, and they surround themselves with it and work within that system. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we do so well. If the same student came in here and worked the same amount of time, but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the support system, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think her grades would be as good.â&#x20AC;? In fact, some of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest success stories involve student-athletes that came in as at-risk students. Through a combination of their RZQKDUGZRUNXQĂ DJJLQJVXSSRUWIURPWKH coaching staff and the resources Alabama put at their disposal, they were able to graduate. They then went on to careers that might not have been possible without the education they received at the Capstone. Once a prospective student-athlete signs, it is up to her how successful she is academically. But because of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Athletic Student Services and the commitment of its coaches, every opportunity for success is there for the taking.

Â&#x2021; 2YHUWKHSDVWGHFDGH$ODEDPDKDVEHHQD Ă&#x20AC;[WXUHDWWKHWRSQDWLRQDOO\LQWHDPJUDGH point average among all gymnastics programs. The Crimson Tide has been especially sharp in its NCAA championship seasons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; posting a 3.5 or better team GPA in 2012, 2011, 2002 and 1988 and above a 3.0 in all six national championship seasons. Â&#x2021; $IWHUWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVSRVWHG an Alabama record 3.6 team GPA, the Tide would go on to better that mark in 2011 with a 3.71. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDJ\PQDVWVKDYHHDUQHG NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, more than any other gymnastics program in the nation. Â&#x2021; &ULPVRQ7LGHJ\PQDVWVKDYHHDUQHG6(& Postgraduate Scholarships, more than any other gymnastics program in the SEC. Â&#x2021; 7KUHH$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWV.ULVWLQ6WHUQHU Meredith Willard and Julie Estin, have earned the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, presented annually to the top student in the league. Â&#x2021; 7KH7LGHHDUQHGDSURJUDPUHFRUG Scholastic All-America honors in 2011 and followed that with 13 honors in 2012. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVHDUQHG6FKRODVWLF$OO America honors since the awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 1991, averaging nearly 10 honors a year over the past decade. Â&#x2021; 7KH7LGH¡V6(&$FDGHPLF+RQRU5ROO accolades in 2012 is the league record for a single year, bettering the mark set by Alabama in 2011 by one. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVHDUQHG6(&$FDGHPLF+RQRU 5ROOKRQRUVWLPHVVLQFHWKHDZDUGZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVW given out in 1984, more than two dozen better than the rest of the league. That total includes an average of 12 honors per year since 2000. Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVDYHUDJHGRYHUDWHDP*3$ for the past 18 years in a row.

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NCAA & SEC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS  2QHRI WKHPRVWFRYHWHGDQGGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRDFTXLUHQDWLRQDOKRQRUV available to collegiate athletes, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship LVDZDUGHGWRDWKOHWHVLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;QDO\HDURI FRPSHWLWLRQZKRKDYH performed with distinction both athletically and academically. Some programs never have an athlete receive the scholarship, Kayla Hoffman Kayla Hoffman, now Kayla Hughes, led Alabama to the 2011 NCAA championship as well as a pair of SEC Championships during her UA tenure. She also became the 12th Alabama gymnast to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the eighth to take home both an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. Hoffman earned the Honda Award, SEC Female Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Award as a senior. She is now teaching at The Goddard School in Baltimore, Md.

Kassi Price Kassi Price helped Alabama to an SEC championship during her years at the Capstone. In 2010, she also became the 11th Alabama gymnast to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the seventh to earn both an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate 3CHOLARSHIP!LABAMASlRSTTHREE YEAR Academic All-America, she also earned the inaugural NCAA Elite 88 Award. After earning a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sports administration from Alabama, she is the director of marketing and customer relations at DragonFly Athletics.

Merritt Booth Merritt Booth, now Merritt Baumgartner, was part of NCAA and SEC Championship squads. She earned six All-America HONORS THREEEACHlRSTAND SECONDTEAM!lNALISTFORTHE.#!!7OMANOF the Year award and a four-year Scholastic AllAmerica, she earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Booth used her scholarship to earn a physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant degree at South Alabama.

Meredith Willard Meredith Willard, now Meredith Luber, graduated with an SEC and NCAA championship ring as well as the 1996 NCAA All-Around title. She also took home an NCAA and SEC scholarship. An 11-time lRST TEAM!LL !MERICA .#!!4ODAYS4OP6))) award winner and NCAA Woman of the Year lNALISTDURINGHER5!TENURE SHEOBTAINED a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of business administration from UNC-Charlotte and worked for public relations company Racing Champions, whose hottest property is NASCAR.

Marie Robbins Marie Robbins graduated with one NCAA and two SEC Championship rings as well as an SEC Postgraduate scholarship. The four-time AllAmerican and two-time SEC Champion graduated from Alabama Law School. She then went to work for the Southeastern Conference. She returned to Alabama as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance in 1996 and was promoted to Senior Woman Administrator in 2002.

while Alabama gymnastics has produced 12 NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients, including 2011 senior Kayla Hoffman, the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total leads all gymnastics programs. In addition to the NCAA honors, Alabama gymnasts have earned 10 Southeastern Conference Postgraduate

Julie Estin Julie Estin, now Dr. Julie Vaughn, a 1987 recipient of both the NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarships, attended AlabamaBirmingham medical school and is a Tuscaloosa area pediatrician. During her tenure at the Capstone, Vaughn was a six-time !LL !MERICAN TWO TIME3%#CHAMPION lVE TIME 2EGIONALCHAMPIONAND!LABAMASlRST3%# Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was also a twotime GTE Academic All-American.

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Stephanie Kite Stephanie Kite helped Alabama to an NCAA and SEC championship during her years at the Capstone. In 2004, she also became the 10th Alabama gymnast to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All!MERICAOFTHE9EAR AlRSTFORA#RIMSON4IDE athlete. She is currently the executive director of the Laps for CF Foundation which raises MONEYINTHElGHTAGAINST#YSTIC&IBROSIS

Dana Dobransky Dana Dobransky, now Dana Duckworth, earned both SEC and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships to go with an SEC Championship ring, an NCAA championship ring and a pair of individual NCAA balance beam titles. In the fall of 1996, she returned to Alabama to obtain a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of business administration. After more than a decade in the corporate world, including a highly SUCCESSFULTURNWITH0lZER0HARMACEUTICAL  she joined the Alabama coaching staff full time in the fall of 2008.

Barbara Mack Barbara Mack, now Barbara Harding, earned the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1985. Mack was an AllAmerican, SEC and Regional champion and the winner of the AMF American Award as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most outstanding senior. She was also a Rhodes 3CHOLARSHIPlNALIST-ACKUSEDHERSCHOLARSHIPS to go on to Georgetown Law School. She served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and is now in private practice.

Scholarships, including Hoffman in 2011. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 SEC scholarships also leads all gymnastics programs. All told, 14 Alabama gymnasts have earned either NCAA or SEC postgraduate scholarships, with eight earning both.

Kristin Sterner In 2003, Kristin Sterner, now Dr. Kristin LeGrand, became the sixth Alabama gymnast to earn both an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. She was also the third to be named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. An NCAA Top VIII honoree and .#!!7OMANOFTHE9EARlNALIST 3HEEARNED three championship rings at Alabama, including the 2002 NCAA championship and the 2000 and 2003 SEC titles. A graduate of Michigan State Medical School, she is practicing family medicine in Vancouver, Wash.

Katherine Kelleher Katherine Kelleher, now Katherine Laubenthal, graduated with an NCAA and SEC championship ring to keep her NCAA and SEC Postgraduate scholarships company. A threetime All-American, SEC Champion and two-time Regional Champion, she graduated with a DEGREEINCORPORATElNANCEANDINVESTMENT management. She is a Systems Consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Birmingham.

AndreĂŠ Pickens In 2002, AndreĂŠ Pickens, now AndreĂŠ Houston, BECAMETHElRST#RIMSON Tide gymnast to earn the Southeastern Conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship, which was lRSTAWARDEDIN!STHEPRESIDENTOF Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Athlete Advisory Board, she directed the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student-athletes to new heights in the area of community outreach and service. She is currently the tutorial coordinator for the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes at Texas Tech University.

Kelly Good Kelly Good, now Kelly Baham, graduated with an SEC and NCAA championship ring and a matching pair of scholarships to go with them. The All-American attended Alabama-Birmingham where she received a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of science in physical therapy. She works for Healthsouth in Richmond, Va.

Julie Garrett *ULIE'ARRETTWASTHElRST Alabama gymnast to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Garrett was also THE4IDESlRST!LL !MERICAN and SEC champion. She competed before the Southeastern Conference awarded postgraduate scholarships. The league lRSTPRESENTEDITSSCHOLARSHIPIN

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THE CENTER FOR ATHLETIC STUDENT SERVICES The Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS) is a mainstay of the University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic success. The Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic home, the Bill Battle Academic Center at Paul W. Bryant Hall, is the crown jewel in Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $125plus million Crimson Tradition building initiative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project was certainly one of our focal points when we started the renovations of our athletic facilities,â&#x20AC;? athletics director Mal Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academics are at the center of our mission at Alabama and we wanted to create a place that would aid all our student-athletes in their educational pursuits. Bryant Hall provides everything we need in that regard.â&#x20AC;? Through the auspices of the Crimson Tradition Fund, Alabama took its former athletic dorm and converted it into a 55,000 squareIRRWVWDWHRIWKHDUWIDFLOLW\WKDWEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVDOOSOXV&ULPVRQ7LGH student-athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bryant Hall is an incredible facility for our student-athletes,â&#x20AC;? Fern Hampton, the gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic advisor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I

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canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but be proud to give tours to recruits and their parents. Bryant Hall demonstrates the level of commitment to academics of the University of Alabama and its athletics department. With over 50,000 square feet, a student-athlete can meet with their advisor, work with a tutor, attend their orientation class, use the math lab, reading lab, writing lab, or computer lab â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all within Bryant Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which a tremendous asset for them and their busy schedules.â&#x20AC;? Among the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many amenities is a 48-seat computer lab with up-to-date equipment and software. The computer lab also houses 25 laptop computers that can be checked out by studentathletes for use on road trips. There are math, English, and writing labs as well as individual study rooms. The athletic academic advisor RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVDUHDOVRKRXVHGLQWKHEXLOGLQJDORQJZLWKVHYHUDOVWXG\ lounges, two 50-seat classrooms and a 140-seat classroom. The classrooms utilize cutting-edge teaching devices, including digital overhead projectors and â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart boardsâ&#x20AC;? that allow instructors to interact with students on the go. Throughout the building, there

are 16 information stations that provide student-athletes with news about tutorials, study sessions and even practice schedules. CASS is headed by Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Jon Dever. In addition to Hampton, Dever is assisted by Heather Anders, Tom Buttram, Brenda Elliott, Stephanie Godfrey, Lance Walker, Lisa Patrick, Evan Cardwell, Molly Dowd, Tyler 5REHUWVDQG-R\%XUURXJKV7KHVWDII DOVRLQFOXGHVĂ&#x20AC;YHLQWHUQVDQG more than 60 part-time tutors. The CASS staff works as a liaison between the athletics department, undergraduate divisions, and the administrative RIĂ&#x20AC;FHVRI WKH8QLYHUVLW\7KHVWDII DVVLVWVZLWKFODVVVFKHGXOLQJ and registration, makes sure all athletes are maintaining satisfactory progress toward their degrees, monitors academic eligibility and provides career counseling. The advisors also secure tutors and schedule study sessions. The building also houses the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academic Hall of Fame and its nationally recognized LifeSkills program.

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The Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS) provides many services that help Alabama gymnasts make a smooth transition into the world of collegiate academics. CASS provides tutors, study sessions and works with student-athletes to help them develop study, note taking and organizational skills. CASS will also provide a personal monitor that helps guide the student-athlete as long as she or the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic advisor feels it is necessary in order for that student-athlete to be successful in the classroom. All-American and Scholastic All-American Kayla Hoffman is a shining example of what a student-athlete can accomplish when utilizing all the resources that Alabama and CASS put at their disposal. Hoffman came to the University after being homeschooled since the fourth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kayla is certainly a role model for someone who comes to college after being homeschooled,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She came in, worked hard and used all the resources the University and athletics department put at her disposal and really excelled, earning a 4.0 GPA and Scholastic All-America honors as a freshman and going on to enjoy a truly phenomenal career, both in the classroom and in the gym.â&#x20AC;?  +RIIPDQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHUFDUHHUZLWKDJUDGHSRLQWDYHUDJHLQKXPDQGHYHORSPHQWDQGIDPLO\ VWXGLHV$Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP&DSLWDO2QH&R6,'$$FDGHPLF$OO$PHULFDQVKHZDVDOVRQDPHGWKH Academic All-America of the Year. Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s academic prowess, enhanced by the tools the CASS Center put at her disposal, led to the Union, N.J., native earning NCAA and Southeastern Conference Postgraduate Scholarships. She was also voted the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. An amazing senior season culminated in Hoffman receiving the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Award, which honors the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top eight senior student-athletes for excelling athletically and academically as well as making a difference in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what I wanted,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman said on balancing her athletic and academic accomplishments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to be someone who was an excellent student and an excellent athlete. I wanted to show future athletes here at our University that you can be both. That really meant a lot to me.â&#x20AC;?

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ACADEMIC ADVISOR FERN HAMPTON Fern Hampton, Assistant Director of the Center for Athletic Student Services, is in her 12th year with the athletics department and her eighth working with the gymnastics program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fern is an absolute dream to work with,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She works very hard and is dedicated to making sure that our ladies have everything they need to be successful in the classroom.â&#x20AC;? That dedication is just one of the reasons that Patterson nominated Hampton and her CASS colleagues for the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sam S. May Commitment to Service Award, which recognizes departments that demonstrate exceptional service to their constituents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of anyone who is more deserving of the May award than the CASS staff,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jon Dever, Fern and everyone at Bryant Hall do so much to make sure that our student-athletes get the absolute most out of their academic experiences. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud of them and thrilled that they were recognized with this honor.â&#x20AC;? Associate Athletics Director Jon Dever, Hampton and the entire CASS staff was recognized with the May Award in October of 2012 during the Alabama presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual State of the University address. In addition to this latest honor, Hampton has also received the David Dutton Memorial Award, given to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the Alabama gymnastics program. Hamptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job includes helping the athletes under her guidance map out their academic plan, from picking a major and registering for classes to requesting a personal monitor and scheduling a tutor. In her 20th year overall with the University, Hampton worked in student recruitment through the XQGHUJUDGXDWHDGPLVVLRQVRIĂ&#x20AC;FHEHIRUHMRLQLQJWKHDWKOHWLFVGHSDUWPHQW â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoy working with gymnastics,â&#x20AC;? Hampton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very dedicated young women who work very hard to make sure they are getting the most out of their academic opportunities.â&#x20AC;? For Alabama gymnasts, the impetus to succeed academically is all around them. The coaching staff makes it clear from day one that their very best is expected in the classroom, while their teammates encourage them to excel through both word and deed. And while the bar is set high by the coaches and athletes themselves, Hampton is there to add her encouragement and provide the tools for that success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are tremendous resources here at Alabama and we make sure that the student-athletes have full access to them, that they have everything they need to be successful,â&#x20AC;? Hampton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I absolutely believe you get a top-rate education at the University of Alabama, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re continuing to expand our services in the Center for Athletic Student Services. If you look at the growth, not just in athletics, but across the board, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting time to be on this campus.â&#x20AC;? Hamptonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interaction with a student-athlete starts on their recruiting trip. She sets up individual appointments within the department of the recruitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area of study and then the recruit is given a tour of campus and learns about the services provided by CASS. From that point on, she works with the athletes until the day they graduate. One of the key factors that makes the Winnipeg, Manitoba nativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job easier is the commitment the coaching staff has to the education process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things that has impressed me the most is Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total accessibility for any questions on academic issues,â&#x20AC;? Hampton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can walk in at any point and we take care of business. Her accessibility and desire for her student-athletes to be successful academically makes it clear she considers it a top priority.â&#x20AC;? Hampton and her husband Robert Meintzer have two children, a son Robbie, and a daughter Caroline.

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2011 and 2012 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner Rachel Terry

Three-time Academic All-American and 2010 NCAA Elite 88 Award winner Kassi Price

CRIMSON TIDE HONOR ROLL NCAA Elite 89 2012 Rachel Terry 2011 Rachel Terry 2010 Kassi Price NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship 2011 Kayla Hoffman 2010 Kassi Price 2004 Stephanie Kite 2003 Kristin Sterner 1998 Merritt Booth 1997 Meredith Willard 1993 Dana Dobransky 1992 Katherine Kelleher 1989 Kelly Good 1987 Julie Estin 1985 Barbara Mack 1983 Julie Garrett CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team Member of the Year 2011 Kayla Hoffman 2004 Stephanie Kite

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CoSIDA Academic All-America 2011 Kayla Hoffman,  lRSTTEAM 2010 Kassi Price,  lRSTTEAM 2009 Kassi Price,  lRSTTEAM 2008 Kassi Price, third team 2004 Stephanie Kite,  lRSTTEAM 2003 Stephanie Kite,  lRSTTEAM 2003 Kristin Sterner,  lRSTTEAM 1998 Merritt Booth, third team 1997 Meredith Willard,  lRSTTEAM 1993 Dana Dobransky, second team 1992 Dana Dobransky, second team 1988 Kelly Good, third team 1987 Julie Estin,  lRSTTEAM 1986 Julie Estin,  lRSTTEAM

Kayla Hoffman Kim Jacob Megan Mashburn Jordan Moore Diandra Milliner NCAA Foundation Ashley Priess Leadership Conference Geralen Stack-Eaton 2006 Courtney Priess Rachel Terry 2001 Andreé Pickens Hannah Toussaint National Association of 2010 Becca Alexin Collegiate Gymnastics Alyssa Chapman Coaches Scholastic Mary Hauswirth All-America Kayla Hoffman 2012 Becca Alexin Ricki Lebegern Kaitlyn Clark Megan Mashburn Sarah DeMeo Kassi Price Ria Domier Ashley Sledge Lindsey Fowler Rachel Terry Lora Leigh Frost 2009 Alyssa Chapman Kim Jacob Jocelyn Fowler Diandra Milliner Kayla Hoffman Brooke Parker Ricki Lebegern Ashley Priess Brittany Magee Rachel Terry Megan Mashburn Hannah Toussaint Amanda Kayla Williams Montgomery 2011 Becca Alexin Ashley O’Neal Alyssa Chapman Casey Overton Sarah DeMeo Kassi Price Ria Domier Ashley Priess Lindsey Fowler CoSIDA Academic All-Region 2007 Cassie Martin 1994 Sheryl Dundas

Rachel Terry 2008 Alyssa Chapman Kayla Hoffman Jennifer Iovino Ricki Lebegern Brittany Magee Cassie Martin Megan Mashburn Amanda Montgomery Ashley O’Neal Casey Overton Kassi Price Kaitlin White 2007 Alyssa Chapman Ricki Lebegern Brittany Magee Cassie Martin Amanda Montgomery Casey Overton Kassi Price Kaitlin White 2006 Melanie Banville Mari Bayer Rachael Delahoussaye Brittany Magee Cassie Martin Amanda

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Montgomery Dana Pierce Bianca Puello Erin Rightley Mari Bayer Rachael Delahoussaye Shannon Hrozek Meredith Laxton Michelle Reeser Mari Bayer Rachael Delahoussaye Johnna Gay Lauren Holdefer Shannon Hrozek Stephanie Kite Meredith Laxton Michelle Reeser Mari Bayer Rachael Delahoussaye Lauren Holdefer Shannon Hrozek Stephanie Kite Dana Pierce Michelle Reeser Kristin Sterner Natalie Barrington Helen Burgin

Tiffany Byrd Krista Gole Erin Holdefer Lauren Holdefer Shannon Hrozek Stephanie Kite Alexa Martinez Whitney Morgan Andreé Pickens Michelle Reeser Kristin Sterner 2001 Natalie Barrington Tiffany Byrd Krista Gole Robin Hawkins Katie Hornecker Stephanie Kite Alexa Martinez Jeana Rice Kristin Sterner 2000 Lexa Evans Robin Hawkins Katie Hornecker Alexa Martinez Whitney Morgan Sara Scarborough Lissy Smith Kristin Sterner Dara Stewart 1999 Natalie Barrington

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Mandy Chapman Lexa Evans Robin Hawkins Gina Logan April Makinson Alexa Martinez Whitney Morgan Lissy Smith Raegan Tomasek Merritt Booth Mandy Chapman Lexa Evans April Makinson Danielle McAdams Merritt Booth Mandy Chapman Heidi Harriman Danielle McAdams Meredith Willard Merritt Booth Lisa Gianni Danielle McAdams Marna Neubauer Meredith Willard Merritt Booth Chasity Junkin Danielle McAdams Marna Neubauer Meredith Willard Sheryl Dundas

Chasity Junkin Kara Stilp Meredith Willard 1993 Dana Dobransky Sheryl Dundas Chasity Junkin 1992 Dana Dobransky Sheryl Dundas Chasity Junkin Katherine Kelleher Shea McFall 1991 Dana Dobransky Sheryl Dundas Katherine Kelleher Shea McFall H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year 2003 Kristin Sterner 1997 Meredith Willard 1987 Julie Estin SEC Gymnastics Scholar Athlete of the Year 2012 Kim Jacob 2011 Kayla Hoffman 2005 Michelle Reeser

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BUILT BY BAMA SEC Postgraduate Scholarship 2011 Kayla Hoffman 2010 Kassi Price 2003 Kristin Sterner 2002 Andreé Pickens 1997 Meredith Willard 1993 Dana Dobransky 1992 Katherine Kelleher 1990 Marie Robbins 1989 Kelly Good 1987 Julie Estin

1990 Marie Robbins 1986 Julie Estin 1985 Barbara Mack

SEC Community Service Team 2012 Ria Domier 2011 Alyssa Chapman 2010 Kassi Price 2009 Ricki Lebegern 2008 Ricki Lebegern 2007 Courtney Priess 2006 Dana Pierce 2005 Dana Pierce 2004 Stephanie Kite

F. David Mathews Award 1997 Meredith Willard

Paul W. Bryant Memorial Award 2011 Kayla Hoffman 2003 Kristin Sterner 1997 Meredith Willard 1992 Katherine Kelleher

Commerce & Business Administration Austin Cup 2010 Kassi Price Commerce & Business Administration Austin Scholar 2010 Kassi Price

Alumni Student Award — University of Alabama National Alumni Association 2002 Andreé Pickens 1997 Meredith Willard Sington Soaring Spirit Award 2000 Andreé Pickens 1997 Meredith Willard 1993 Dee Foster 1989 1988 NCAA Team Champions

Commerce & Business Administration Athlete of the Year 1997 Meredith Willard 1996 Meredith Willard 1985 Patti Rice College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award of Merit 1985 Barbara Mack University of Alabama Outstanding Junior 1986 Julie Estin Comer Mathematics Medal 1988 Julie Estin Freshman Scholarship Achievement Award in Women’s Athletics 1986 Kelly Good College of Arts & Sciences — Woodrow Alvin David Family Student-Athlete Award 2004 Kristin Sterner 2003 Andreé Pickens 1988 Julie Estin

Human Environmental Sciences - Phi Upsilon Omicron Award for Outstanding Freshmen 2010 Rachel Terry

Dept. of Management Recognition of Excellence 2008 Amanda Montgomery

Commerce & Business Administration Outstanding Undergraduate Award 1992 Katherine Kelleher 1992 Shea McFall 1991 Katherine Kelleher

New College Outstanding Independent Studies/ Out-of-Class Learning Experiences 1993 Dee Foster

Alpha Epsilon Rho Outstanding TCF Senior Award 1993 Dana Dobransky Dept. of Marketing Recognition of Excellence 2010 Kassi Price 2009 Kassi Price 2004 Stephanie Kite 2001 April Makinson 1994 Kara Stilp

Outstanding Healthcare Management Undergraduate Student 2002 Krista Gole 2001 Krista Gole 1999 Gina Logan 1998 Gina Logan Economics Freshman Achievement Award 2008 Kassi Price 2001 Stephanie Kite

New College Award of Excellence in Athletics 1993 Dee Foster

Barbara Rene Shoemake Memorial Scholarship 2001 Lexa Evans

Charles A. Odewahn Managerial Excellence Award 2002 April Makinson

Council of Presidents Freshman Academic Achievement Award 2003 Dana Pierce

Outstanding Graduate Students in Sports Management Award 2009 Kaitlin White

Outstanding Senior in Human Environmental Sciences Award 2012 Rachel Terry

Linda Lantz Hallmark Consumer Sciences Service Award 2005 Shannon Hrozek

Phi Mu Patience Stevens Award 2006 Dana Pierce

Jean Wickstrom Liles Endowed Scholarship 2010 Megan Mashburn

Outstanding Work in Natural Sciences 2007 Rachael Delahoussaye Cassie Martin

Highest Scholastic Average in Marketing - Junior 2009 Kassi Price

Outstanding Graduate Students in Sports Management Award 2012 Kassi Price

Dow Chemical Undergraduate Award 2003 Stephanie Kite William Ray Moore Physical Sciences Scholar 2003 Rachael Delahoussaye National Society of Collegiate Scholars 2011 Jordan Moore 2009 Jocelyn Fowler Kayla Hoffman 2004 Rachael Delahoussaye 2003 Shannon Hrozek 2002 Michelle Reeser

Council of Presidents’ Freshman Academic Achievement AwardsHuman Environmental Science 2009 Jocelyn Fowler Rachel Terry 2008 Megan Mashburn Dean Bernie Sloan Spirit of New College Award 2009 Cassie Martin

Harry D. Bonham Marketing Club Highest Scholastic Average - Senior 2010 Kassi Price

Human Environmental Sciences - Emily Strong Award 2012 Rachel Terry Jacqueline Davis Endowed Scholarship 2012 Rachel Terry

Outstanding Marketing Senior 2010 Kassi Price Birmingham Chapter Sales & Marketing Executive International Award 2010 Kassi Price

Arthur Ashe Award 2008 Ashley O’Neal

HONOR SOCIETIES XXXI Merritt Booth Morgan Dennis Lexa Evans Dee Foster Kelly Good Robin Hawkins Ashley Miles Andreé Pickens Marie Robbins Ashley Sledge Kristin Sterner Meredith Willard Alpha Lambda Delta Ashley Ford Lindsey Fowler Lisa Gianni Lauren Graffeo Robin Hawkins Katie Hornecker Stephanie Kite April Makinson

Danielle McAdams Amanda Montgomery Jordan Moore Whitney Morgan Kassi Price Kristin Sterner Rachel Terry Raegan Tomasek Beta Alpha Psi Michelle Reeser Beta Beta Beta Shay Murphy Kristin Sterner Beta Gamma Sigma Stephanie Kite April Makinson Alexa Martinez Kassi Price Meredith Willard

Delta Sigma Pi Stephanie Kite Kassi Price

Danielle McAdams Shea McFall Whitney Morgan Andreé Pickens Dana Pierce Kassi Price Michelle Reeser Erin Rightley Tina Rinker Dara Stewart Meredith Willard

Gamma Beta Phi Merritt Booth Mandy Chapman Lexa Evans Ashley Ford Lauren Graffeo Erin Holdefer Lauren Holdefer Katie Hornecker Katherine Kelleher Gina Logan

Golden Key Mari Bayer Merritt Booth Mandy Chapman Rachael Delahoussaye Lexa Evans Krista Gole Robin Hawkins Katie Hornecker Shannon Hrozek Chasity Junkin

Blue Key Lexa Evans Kassi Price Cardinal Key Cassie Martin Kassi Price

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Ricki Lebegern Gina Logan Brittany Magee Megan Mashburn Danielle McAdams Amanda Montgomery Whitney Morgan Kassi Price Lissy Smith Raegan Tomasek Meredith Willard Kappa Delta Pi Rachel Terry Kappa Delta Pi Dana Pierce

Kappa Tau Alpha Lexa Evans Robin Hawkins Alexa Martinez Lambda Sigma Lindsey Fowler Amanda Montgomery Kassi Price Mortar Board Alli Beldon Dana Dobransky Julie Estin Lexa Evans Kelly Good Katherine Kelleher Patti Kleckner Barbara Mack Kassi Price Patti Rice Erin Rightley

Tina Rinker Marie Robbins Tracey Tillman Meredith Willard Omega Chi Epsilon Tina Rinker Omicron Delta Kappa Mari Bayer Alli Beldon Kathy Bilodeau Merritt Booth Mandy Chapman Dana Duckworth Julie Estin Lexa Evans Dee Foster Kelly Good Chasity Junkin Katherine Kelleher Kim Kelly

Stephanie Kite Patti Kleckner Barbara Mack Brittany Magee Cassie Martin Alexa Martinez Megan Mashburn Shea McFall Amanda Montgomery Heather Nasser Ashley O’Neal Andreé Pickens Kassi Price Patti Rice Erin Rightley Tina Rinker Marie Robbins Kristin Sterner Tracey Tillman Ann Wilhide Meredith Willard

Phi Beta Kappa Merritt Booth Julie Estin Kelly Good Barbara Mack Cassie Martin Phi Delta Phi Natalie Barrington Phi Eta Sigma Melanie Banville Mari Bayer Helen Burgin Tiffany Byrd Alyssa Chapman Sheryl Dundas Ashley Ford Jocelyn Fowler Lindsey Fowler Lisa Gianni Lauren Graffeo Robin Hawkins Katie Hornecker

Shannon Hrozek Jennifer Iovino Chasity Junkin Stephanie Kite Meredith Laxton Ricki Lebegern Brittany Magee April Makinson Cassie Martin Danielle McAdams Amanda Montgomery Jordan Moore Whitney Morgan Dana Pierce Kassi Price Bianca Puello Sara Scarborough Rachel Terry Raegan Tomasek Holly Voorheis Meredith Willard

Phi Kappa Phi Kathy Bilodeau Katherine Kelleher Kassi Price Meredith Willard Phi Upsilon Omicron Mandy Chapman Raegan Tomasek Pi Tau Sigma Katie Hornecker Psi Chi Lauren Holdefer Lissy Smith

Sigma Alpha Lambda Melanie Banville Mari Bayer Rachael Delahoussaye Amanda Montgomery Kassi Price Erin Rightley Tau Beta Pi Whitney Morgan Tina Rinker

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY

From day one, Sarah and David Patterson knew that their program would be about one thing: helping prepare young ladies for life beyond gymnastics. They were going to compete for championships and academics were going to be priority one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but more than that, they were going to encourage their gymnasts to be a part of the larger community around them, to have a sense of balance outside the gym as well as within. They were going to make sure that their gymnasts knew the importance of making a difference. After 34 years, count the Patterson philosophy as a rousing success: winning championships, earning countless academic honors, and above all, graduating successful women who are outstanding members of their communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully that will be our greatest legacy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the fact that these student-athletes have left here and gone on to make their marks, not just professionally and in their lives, but in giving back,â&#x20AC;? David Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding to see so many of them involved in great projects in their communities.â&#x20AC;? When it comes to working in the community, the Pattersons, along with assistant coaches Bryan 5DVFKLOODDQG'DQD'XFNZRUWKGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\OHDG by example. They are all active in making the community in which they live a better place.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just neat to see the love our coaches have for our community,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That love stems from spending the majority, if not our entire, professional careers here.â&#x20AC;? Despite their many hours in the community, the coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; biggest impact is on the lives of their athletes. With each class they introduce to the IXOĂ&#x20AC;OOPHQWWKDWFRPHVZLWKFRPPXQLW\VHUYLFH they create another generation of Alabama gymnasts who take those lessons out into the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to be involved in the community at this young point is something you can take with you for the rest of your life,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to give back and be very XQVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKZLWK\RXUWLPHZKLOHLQFROOHJHWKHQ when you are grown, settled, mature and have your own career, you will continue to give back to society.â&#x20AC;? When a tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa in April of 2011, days after Alabama returned WRWRZQZLWKLWVĂ&#x20AC;IWK1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSWKH Pattersons sprang in to action, opening their home to those displaced by the damage the storm caused. Sarah Patterson also went to work helping raise money for relief efforts, as part of telethons and on a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, Coach!â&#x20AC;? radio broadcast in the days and weeks that followed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuscaloosa has been home for David and I for more than 30 years,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So as VRRQDVWKHWRUQDGRKLWZHNQHZWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWZHKDG to make sure the Alabama gymnastics family was ok, which thankfully everyone was, and then we went about helping, as much as we could, to get the community we love get back on its feet.â&#x20AC;? Which is why Patterson and the Tide hosted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tornado Relief â&#x20AC;? meet when Missouri came to town in 2012. During the meet, relief workers from Tuscaloosa and Joplin, Mo., which was also devastated by a tornado during the spring of the 2011, were honored. The 2012 season also saw Duckworth create ReadBAMARead, a foundation dedicated to restocking the libraries of community schools that lost everything in the 2011 tornado. Through the years, Sarah Patterson has worked with dozens of worthwhile causes, including serving as chairperson for the Help & Hope %DUEHFXHWKHSURFHHGVRI ZKLFKEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWKH'&+ Regional Medical Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Center, as well as working with the United Way, Cystic Fibrosis, United Cerebral Palsy, Easter Seals and the Salvation Army. Over the past several years Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with the DCH Medical Center Foundation has taken things to an entirely new level. In December of 2004, she joined with the DCH Foundation to create the DCH Breast Cancer Fund and the Power of Pink initiative to help raise PRQH\DQGDZDUHQHVVLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVW cancer. The results have been phenomenal. The Crimson Tide has hosted eight â&#x20AC;&#x153;pinkâ&#x20AC;? meets, bringing more than 120,000 people to Coleman Coliseum. For her hard work, Sarah Patterson was named to the DCH Foundation, Inc. board in 2005. Most important to Sarah Patterson is that through her work with the cause and as a member RI WKHERDUGWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHULQWKLV community has reached a new level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to be a part of such an effort,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everywhere Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone, everyone Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to about what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do has been so very positive. No one has said no and everyone has asked how they can help. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very gratifying to see the community embrace such an important cause.â&#x20AC;? While Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with the DCH Breast &DQFHU)XQGLVPRVWUHDGLO\LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGZLWKWKH

color pink, David Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly decade-long involvement with a cause close to his heart is LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;DEOHE\DUHGMHUVH\DQGWZRZKHHOV6WDUWLQJ in 2002 and up until back surgery limited his riding time a few years ago, he was part of the Camp Smile-A-Mile fund raiser, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ride of Love,â&#x20AC;? which is based around the 150-plus mile bike ride from Tuscaloosa to Camp SAM, located on the shores of Lake Martin at Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harbor. The fundraiser was started by Stephanie Wilkins, Camp Smile-A-Mileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community relations manager, in 2001. In 2002 David Patterson, a cancer survivor himself, joined Wilkins and The Ride and its impact grew exponentially from there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole decision process involved my Ă&#x20AC;YH\HDUDQQLYHUVDU\RI KDYLQJNLGQH\FDQFHUÂľ David Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to do more for others with cancer. I had known Stephanie for several years because she had been our team nutritionist, so I decided I would get involved with her project.â&#x20AC;? Camp Smile-A-Mile is an organization that gives children with cancer a place to go for camp where they can be themselves and get treatment, go without prosthetic limbs and hair, and be around others who are like them for support. David Patterson isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only member of the Alabama gymnastics family who has made The Ride. In addition to Wilkins, who served as the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nutritionist, assistant coach Bryan Raschilla and team physician Jimmy Robinson have both made the trek. Former gymnasts Kristin Sterner and Whitney Morgan have also ridden for the cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a tremendous cause and it means a great deal to me that so many members of the Tide family have chosen to get involved in the Ride,â&#x20AC;? David Patterson said. In addition to taking part in the Ride of Love, and putting his graphic design skills to good use for the Power of Pink, Raschilla has also swung a hammer for Habitat for Humanity and, after the 2011 tornadoes, he took his chain saw and helped friends, neighbors and strangers alike clear debris and fallen trees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a great community and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazing place to raise a family. For me, lending a helping hand is a small way that I can give back to a place that has given me and my family so much.â&#x20AC;?

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ALABAMA GYMNASTS LEND A HELPING HAND

On a bright, sunny, fall Saturday, members of the 2013 Alabama gymnastics team, gymnasts, coaches and staff, grabbed buckets, sponges, soap and towels and gathered in a parking lot along McFarland Boulevard to raise money for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suds for Sullyâ&#x20AC;? by cleaning up Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads one car, truck and SUV at a time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great day for a great cause,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We washed a lot of cars and raised over $3,000 for the Sully Adams Special Needs Trust.â&#x20AC;? A member of the Alabama gymnastics family, Sully Adams is the son of Tracey and Jason Adams. Tracey, then Tracey Tillman, was part of the &ULPVRQ7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSWHDP in 1988. Sully, now 10, was born with a rare brain disorder that causes seizures and developmental delays. In 2008, Sully underwent successful surgery to arrest the seizures. In September of 2012, he had another surgery to help deal with the ongoing complication from the disorder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was family,â&#x20AC;? senior Ashley Sledge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to do whatever we could to help Sully and his family. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the neatest things about our program. If someone within our family, the University or the community needs help, we try and be there to do what we can, to lend a hand.â&#x20AC;?

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The gymnasts were also involved in Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recovery from the April 2011 tornado that tore a swath through the middle of town. In addition to helping with relief efforts in the days and weeks that followed the tornado, they also took part in a Habitat for Humanity work day. During the season they hosted Missouri â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whose state also suffered from severe tornado damage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a Tornado Relief meet, sporting black and silver leotards with the date of the Tuscaloosa tornado, 4-27-11, emblazoned on the back, as well as a houndstooth ribbon, the symbol adopted by the town to signify the slogan â&#x20AC;&#x153;T-Town Never Down.â&#x20AC;? The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest-standing project is the RISE Christmas Party where, for more than 20 years, the gymnastics team takes one afternoon just before exams hit and welcomes the children of the Stallings RISE Center, which includes special needs children in its classes, for their annual Christmas party, entertaining them in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice gym. The children love it, running, laughing and having a wonderful time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also safe to say that the gymnasts probably get as much out of it as the kids, FRPLQJDZD\UHHQHUJL]HGDQGUHDG\IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO push into the New Year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt that our ladies get as much out of working with the RISE program as the

children do,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At a time of year when they are stressed with exams, getting ready to travel home for the holidays and all that goes with the end of the semester, that one afternoon puts so much in perspective.â&#x20AC;? Alabama gymnasts are busy throughout the community, whether it is taking part in Easter Sealsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual Walk With Me fundraiser; speaking to local school children about staying away from drugs and alcohol; organizing a bake sale to raise funds for Project AngelTree; painting faces and helping kids with their somersaults during the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Halloween Extravaganza; or helping raise awareness IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHUZLWKWKH3RZHURI  Pink meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the grand scheme of things, we are trying to develop the most balanced student-athlete possible,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That balance includes helping out where we can. There is no doubt that our ladies understand the importance of giving back, of stepping up to help where they can. It is one of the aspects of this program that I am most proud of.â&#x20AC;? In 2002, two-time NCAA champion AndreĂŠ Pickens earned the Southeastern Conference Community Service Award for her tireless work in the Tuscaloosa and University communities.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community has already given so much to this team in terms of support,â&#x20AC;? Pickens said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you have crowds in excess of 10,000, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great tribute to our program. This is our small way to give to them.â&#x20AC;? The Tide continues to roll in this crucial area. Junior Ria Domier was named to the SECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Service Team in 2012. Other gymnasts named to the team include: Alyssa Chapman (2011), Kassi Price (2010), Ricki Lebegern (2009 and 2008), Courtney Priess (2007), Dana Pierce (2006 and 2005) and Stephanie Kite (2004). In addition to team projects, each gymnast Ă&#x20AC;QGVKHURZQZD\WRPDNHDGLIIHUHQFHIURP working in soup kitchens to visiting the elderly at assisted living facilities, and nearly every gymnast has encouraged schoolchildren through various speaking engagements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time you have a recognizable studentathlete volunteering her time, it shows people in the community the type of individuals we have involved in our program,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community service helps our student-athletes to realize that winning and losing arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the entire game. The collegiate experience should be about the experiences of life. Our involvement with these programs does just that.â&#x20AC;?

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ReadBAMARead OFF TO A GREAT START

The 2012 Alabama gymnastics team with, from the left, Sarah Patterson, David DeSantis, Terri DeSantis, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Dana Duckworth and Donna Benjamin.

In the days that followed the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa in April 2011, help came pouring into the West Alabama community IURPQHDUDQGIDUĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJLPPHGLDWHQHHGVOLNH food, shelter and clothing for those displaced by the storm. It was in the days that followed the tornado that Dana Duckworth started thinking about the long-term efforts that would be needed to help the community get back on its feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We discovered that, in addition to all the other damage and destruction, there were also three elementary schools and one middle school that either lost their entire library in the storm or had most of their library book inventory destroyed,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. That knowledge was a lightbulb moment for Duckworth and at that moment ReadBAMARead was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always believed that reading is fundamental to all learning, and I knew

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immediately that this was something that could make a real difference in our community,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. Armed with her legendary energy and enthusiasm, Duckworth and co-founder Donna Benjamin put together a foundation that would help raise money to stock the libraries of the schools once they are rebuilt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know this is a long term-project but we believe this is something that people will continue to be passionate about as we move down the road to recovery from the tornado,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People recognize the importance of education for our children and that readers are leaders.â&#x20AC;? ReadBAMARead took off immediately. Through a pair of fundraisers and direct donations, the foundation quickly raised $7,000 towards its ultimate goal of $150,000. Off to a good start, ReadBAMARead got a big boost when David DeSantis and Tuscaloosa Toyota pledged $200 for every 9.8 or better that

$ODEDPDVFRUHVGXULQJWKH&ULPVRQ7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW three meets in 2012. The Tide tallied 62 scores of 9.8 or better over LWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKUHHPHHWVZKLFKPHDQWWKDW7XVFDORRVD Toyota donated $12,400 to ReadBAMARead prior to Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tornado Relief Meetâ&#x20AC;? against Missouri on March 9, 2012. With Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Sarah Patterson on hand, David and Terri DeSantis presented Duckworth, Benjamin and ReadBAMARead with a check for $12,400. What Duckworth didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know prior to that Friday night was that DeSantis and Tuscaloosa Toyota partnered with Toyota Motor Sales USA for an additional donation in matching funds. 6RPRPHQWVDIWHUSUHVHQWLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFKHFNIRU $12,400, the DeSantises presented a second check for $10,000, for a total of $22,400. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was such an amazing night,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David DeSantis and everyone at Tuscaloosa Toyota are so incredible and their support of

ReadBAMARead throughout the season had already made such a huge difference, so when they presented the second check, I was just speechless.â&#x20AC;? Duckworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprise and excitement brought a huge grin to Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face during the presentation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were only about three people who knew about the second check prior to the event,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to be able to surprise Dana, because she has worked so hard on behalf of this cause.â&#x20AC;?  7KHQH[WGD\5HDG%$0$5HDGKHOGLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW 10K race and 1-Mile Fun Run with more than 200 men, women and children taking part in the races WKDWVWDUWHGDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGDW&ROHPDQ&ROLVHXP â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so proud of everything that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve accomplished so far and are thankful to everyone who helped make all this possible,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said after the race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;None of this would have been possible without sponsors, volunteers and runners. The entire board of directors from

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ReadBAMARead sends their gratitude. This was an amazing and valuable learning experience and it was worth every late night, every planning meeting and every opportunity to ask the community to be involved.â&#x20AC;? Several area elementary schools chose teams of six students to represent their school during the races. The fastest team won a $25 Yogurt Mountain gift card for each member of the team. Rock Quarry Elementary had the winning team, followed by Verner and Alberta Elementary. Other schools that had teams in the 1-Mile Fun Run included Cottondale, University Place, Maxwell and Taylorville. During the weeks leading up to the races, several elementary schools collected their spare change for ReadBAMARead. The school that raised the most won a $1,000 gift from Mackin Educational Services to buy library books for their own library. The school with the most entries in the race won a visit by childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author Allison Stoutland, from Inch by Inch Books. Verner Elementary won both contests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things that really stands out about today is that there are so many children here today making a difference for kids their own age,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is truly a case of children helping children.â&#x20AC;? Duckworth-Morris Real Estate, an 80-book level sponsor, won the award for the most number of participants in the 1-Mile Fun Run.

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ReadBAMARead followed its initial 10k and fun run with a Color Run fundraising race in September of 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color Run was so much fun,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone was wearing white, and as each runner completed a portion of the race, they were spattered with different colored cornstarch. At the Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHYHU\RQHZDVDFRORUIXOPHVVÂľ  $OOWRJHWKHUWKURXJKLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWIXOO\HDURI HYHQWV ReadBAMARead has raised $55,000. Duckworth and Benjaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial goal for ReadBAMARead is 10,000 bound, library-quality books that cost approximately $15 each for the rebuilt schools. Beyond that, they want to provide a means for people who love Tuscaloosa and the West Alabama community continuing to support its recovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my hope that our foundation will give people who want to help a way to stay involved in the recovery effort of our city, and at the same time help facilitate the education of the next generation of Tuscaloosans,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. On March 2, 2013, the Saturday after Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home meet against UCLA, ReadBAMARead will partner with the Kiwanis of Greater to Tuscaloosa to host the inaugural Tuscaloosa Half Marathon and Radiology Clinic Fun Run. For more on ReadBAMARead, visit www. ReadBAMARead.org.

During the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration of its back-to-back national championships, the Alabama gymnastics team celebrated one of its own for her work in the community. During the festivities in Coleman Coliseum in April of 2012, assistant coach Dana Duckworth was presented with the David DeSantis Community Service Award for her tireless work in bringing the ReadBAMARead to life. In conjunction with co-founder Donna Benjamin, Duckworth started the foundation to help restock the libraries of Tuscaloosa-area schools that were destroyed by the April 2011 tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community service award is named for the co-owner of Tuscaloosa Toyota. ,WZDVĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJWKDW'H6DQWLVZDVRQKDQGWRSUHVHQW'XFNZRUWKZLWKWKHDZDUGEHDULQJKLV QDPHDVKHDQG7XVFDORRVD7R\RWDZHUHELJVXSSRUWHUVRI 5HDG%$0$5HDGLQLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW year, combining with Toyota Motor Sales USA to contribute $22,400 to the fund during the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Tornado Relief meet against Missouri. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David DeSantis is so much more than just a great businessman,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He works tirelessly in the community and has been one of the greatest champions of both the Power of Pink initiative and in helping ReadBAMARead get off the ground. His generosity and giving spirit is unmatched. He is someone that our ladies can look to as an example of what it means to be a good neighbor and citizen.â&#x20AC;? In addition to lending a generous hand to ReadBAMARead and many other community outreach efforts, DeSantis has been an integral part in the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative, helping raise more than $1.25 million for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund through the annual Tuscaloosa Toyota/DCH Foundation Golf Classic and Nite on the Green events.  6FKRODVWLF$OO$PHULFDQ$O\VVD&KDSPDQHDUQHGWKH'H6DQWLV$ZDUGDVDĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDU senior in 2011 while All-American Kassi Price earned the 2010 honor and All-American Ricki Lebegern became the inaugural recipient of the award in 2009.

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THE POWER OF PINK

From the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sarah Patterson, David DeSantis, Molly Baldwin, Bryan Kindred and Lance Wyatt present a check for $206,000 during the 2012 Drive for the Cause meet to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, pushing the fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight-year total to over $1.2 million.

Pink shakers, pink shirts, even the occasional pink boa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; once a season, everyone puts on WKHLUEHVWSLQNRXWĂ&#x20AC;WVJUDEVWKHLUIDYRULWHSLQN accessories and heads to Coleman Coliseum for a gymnastics meet. The pink isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as much a fashion statement, but a show of support for Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative, now in its ninth year. It started with a simple idea. Sarah Patterson ZDQWHGWRKHOSUDLVHDZDUHQHVVIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVW breast cancer, a disease that has touched the lives of so many women around the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realize that I am very lucky,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only to be healthy, but also that I have access to excellent medical care. Not everyone is so fortunate, and I wanted to do something that would help those who need it most.â&#x20AC;?

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So she picked Alabama vs. Auburn on Feb. 4, 2005, and designated it as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive 4 the Causeâ&#x20AC;? meet. She asked everyone to mark the date and to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think Pink, Wear Pink.â&#x20AC;?  6LQFHWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWPHHWWKHQXPEHUVKDYHEHHQ staggering. Over the past eight years more than IDQVKDYHĂ&#x20AC;OOHG&ROHPDQ&ROLVHXPZLWK pink for the annual event, including an Alabama and Southeastern Conference record 15,162 fans in 2006 and matching sellouts of 15,075 in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been so amazed at how the community has responded to this, how it has been embraced at every turn and how it continues to grow day-byday,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. Within the UA athletics department the event has grown from gymnastics to other sports to the point where Alabama Athleticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Power of Pink,

sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota, has events three times a year, one in the fall, one in the winter and one in the spring when UA womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams host events. The Power of Pink has gone beyond UA athletics and Tuscaloosa, exploding into a nationwide cause. Since the Crimson Tide hosted its Ă&#x20AC;UVWPHHWLQPRUHWKDQWKUHHGR]HQRI WKH nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top gymnastics programs have either hosted or participated in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pinkâ&#x20AC;? meet, including every member of the Southeastern Conference. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Coaches Association started its pink initiative in 2007, encouraging its members to participate in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think Pinkâ&#x20AC;? week that has now evolved into the WBCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Zone.â&#x20AC;? There have been similar efforts in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer and volleyball at the collegiate level as well.

Even the NFL and Major League Baseball have gotten into the act with NFL players wearing pink gloves, chinstraps and shoes during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and MLB players using pink bats on Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day in a show of VXSSRUWLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHU â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I look around at all the meets and events and how this has spread through the sports world, it is an unbelievable feeling,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a vital cause and these events really bring DWWHQWLRQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWWKDWJRHVRQHYHU\GD\,FDQ¡W help but smile when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m out grocery shopping, or working out, or wherever I am, and I see someone wearing a Tuscaloosa Toyota Power of Pink T-shirt, and there is rarely a day that goes by when I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see someone wearing one, because that tells me that the message continues long after the event is over.â&#x20AC;? Alabama gymnastics will host its ninth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive 4 the Causeâ&#x20AC;? meet Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 when the Kentucky Wildcats come to Coleman Coliseum with their pink leotards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have this amazing platform at Alabama and I knew that it was something that we could use to help the women of this community,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If just one woman comes to our meets and is helped by what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been worth it.â&#x20AC;? While others sing her praises for all she has GRQHLQWKHFRPPXQLW\HVSHFLDOO\LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKW against breast cancer, Patterson said she receives so much more than she gives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so fortunate to not only be in a position where I can offer this help,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But to be able to work with so many wonderful, dynamic people who are out there every day making a difference in this community is truly amazing. I draw on their enthusiasm and spirit.â&#x20AC;? From the beginning, support for Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative was swift and widespread. She started to talk to the leaders in the Tuscaloosa community about her idea and everyone she talked to got on board, offering advice and support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people have worked extremely hard and put in long hours for this worthy cause, this YLWDOĂ&#x20AC;JKWÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG´:KDWZHDOOUHDOL]HLV that as coach Paul Bryant was fond of saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I can think of no greater reward, no better return

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on the investment of time and resources so many have put forth, than beating this disease.â&#x20AC;? Among those who joined with Patterson in the early days of the Power of Pink initiative was Larry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal, who was DCHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president of development at the time. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal not only encouraged 3DWWHUVRQZKHQVKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEURXJKWWKHLGHDIRUWKHFDXVH to him, but he immediately went to work to support her efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will always be grateful to Larry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal, for listening to me and my vision for this event and believing in me and the power of dreams,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without Larry, none of this would have been possible.â&#x20AC;? Through the auspices of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal and the DCH Regional Medical Center, the DCH Breast Cancer Fund was set up within the DCH Foundation. The fund is designed to provide disadvantaged women with the means for early detection and treatment of breast cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer, but how many women experience problems that go undetected due to a lack RI NQRZOHGJHRUOLPLWHGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODELOLWLHVWRXQGHUJR WHVWLQJ"Âľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG´$IWHUZDWFKLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDQGDV friends, family members and loved ones deal with the

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impact of this disease, I felt it was important to use our sport, its visibility, and this event as a platform to help raise the awareness of breast cancer and how women can protect themselves from this disease.â&#x20AC;? Patterson also found a more-than-willing partner in local businessman David DeSantis, the co-owner of Tuscaloosa Toyota. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have come so far because of the vision of David DeSantis,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is without a doubt the most charitable businessman that I have ever been associated with. Everyone that has been associated with this endeavor will tell you that Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive and can-do spirit has been a driving force for the Power of Pink.â&#x20AC;? Media coverage of the Alabama gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink campaign has been extensive to say the least. Six times The Tuscaloosa News has produced a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;GymDayâ&#x20AC;? section on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pinkâ&#x20AC;? meet as well as providing Alabama front-page exposure the next day. And in October of 2010, the entire Birmingham News went pink, not only producing a slate of stories RQWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHULQFOXGLQJDVWRU\RQ Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink efforts, but every page was printed on pink paper as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom Arenberg, the sports editor of the Birmingham News, explained what they were going to do, so I knew what was coming, but when I actually

saw the paper ... it was just incredible,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said of the pink edition. The coverage has not only been state-wide, with stories in all Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily papers and on TV news broadcasts, but nation-wide as well. USA Today has featured the meet extensively and, for three years in a row, the Alabama gymnastics program was featured in Time magazine as part of Toyotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ad campaign that recognizes dealerships making an impact in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be in Time was certainly amazing,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But most importantly, it is yet another way to get WKHZRUGRXWDERXWRXUĂ&#x20AC;JKWDJDLQVWEUHDVWFDQFHUÂľ The Power of Pink continues to grow every day, and because of the way Tuscaloosa has taken to the Power of Pink, women in the West Alabama FRPPXQLW\KDYHVRPHRQHLQWKHLUFRUQHULQWKHĂ&#x20AC;JKW against breast cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Power of Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gymnastics meets have provided a highly visible vehicle to raise funds for a very worthy cause â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the DCH Breast Cancer Fund,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through her efforts and initiative the DCH Foundation established the Breast Cancer Fund in December %HFDXVHRI KHUYLVLRQDQGSDVVLRQLQĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJ breast cancer, lives will be saved. What better legacy can one create during a lifetime?â&#x20AC;?

The DCH Foundation established a fund to support Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative in the winter of 2004. Donations can be made to the DCH Breast Cancer Fund by mailing a check to: DCH Foundation, 809 University Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. The DCH Breast Cancer Fund should be noted on the memo line of the check. The DCH Foundation, Inc., was established in 1973 to provide a way for citizens of West Alabama to help create for themselves the best health system in the nation. More about the DCH Breast Cancer Fund: The DCH Breast Cancer Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to promote awareness and provide educational programs on prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The Fund also provides breast screenings to women in need of those services. Patients who meet the eligibility requirements will be provided assistance to pay for early detection services at the DCH Cancer Center. Eligibility criteria will be prepared and provided upon request.

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LIGHTING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA PINK

Since 2005, it has been customary for the inside of Coleman Coliseum to be ÀOOHGZLWKSLQNDWOHDVWRQFHD\HDUWRKLJKOLJKW6DUDK3DWWHUVRQ·VEUHDVWFDQFHU awareness campaign, the Power of Pink. There were pink shakers, pink 10 cards and the fans all came wearing their pink to support the cause. Then, in 2010, associate professor Craig Wedderspoon, along with instructor Jamey Grimes and graduate assistant Joe McCreary, all from UA’s Department of Art and Art History, spearheaded the effort to light the outside of the coliseum in pink as well. That year, with technical assistance from Tim Porter, Phillip Trull, Donny Jones and other campus electricians along with Col. Duane Lamb, UA Assistant Vice President/Facilities and Grounds, Coleman Coliseum was bathed in pink light from Bryant Drive all the way to the front doors. From that point on, the pink lights have continued to grow and grow. In 2011, the coliseum was surrounded in pink light, all the way around the building. It was in 2012 that the project of light the night pink for breast cancer awareness really took off, with Wedderspoon and company once again lighting the Coliseum area pink while Lamb and his crew took things across campus, lighting the University of Alabama’s most recognizable landmark, Denny Chimes, in pink as well as the water of the Ferguson Center fountain and University Rec Center. “I am so thankful to Col. Lamb and Craig Wedderspoon and everyone who helped turn our campus pink,” Patterson said. “From the moment the lights went on I started to get texts and photos of Denny Chimes, the Coliseum, the fountain and locations all over campus that were glowing pink in support of breast cancer awareness and the Power of Pink. It was a truly beautiful sight.”

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It has become one of the most uplifting and poignant moments during the Alabama gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Power of Pink/Drive for the Cause meet. For the past three seasons, Crimson Tide gymnasts have forgone their usual introductions during the pink meet and instead they come into the spotlight with a special guest. Tony Giles, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime public address announcer, introduces each gymnast by class and by name and then introduces a breast cancer survivor. Two at a time, gymnast and survivor, step into the spotlight when their names are called DQGWKHQĂ&#x20AC;UHZRUNVH[SORGHDVWKHVXUYLYRUZDYHVWRWKHFURZGDGGLQJDGGLWLRQDO poignancy to an already inspirational night. The tradition began when a fan sent a message to Sarah Patterson suggesting it.  ´)URPWKHEHJLQQLQJWKH3RZHURI 3LQNKDVEHHQDERXWKHOSLQJZRPHQĂ&#x20AC;JKW breast cancer and these women standing next to our ladies put a human face on that Ă&#x20AC;JKWÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG The 2012 survivors, honored prior to the Alabama-Arkansas meet on Feb. 18, included Paulette Dillard, Shirley Cook, Lynn Purser, Jami Patrick, Rebecca Depiazza, Kate Brinkley, Maggie Lee, Peggy Reed, Joann Barden, Vicki Santina, Beverly Nickerson, Jean Each, Jan Livingston Leopard, Shiann Norris, Josephine Hollins, Kay Corbin, Lucille Decarpe and Carol Sue Jenkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing all of the pink just kind of set the stage for tonight,â&#x20AC;? Geralen Stack-Eaton said after the 2012 Power of Pink meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we walked out with our survivors on our arm, it was just so inspiring to see them and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve endured and how much theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fought through. To me that set the bar for tonight.â&#x20AC;? Like those that came before them, the 18 women introduced in 2012 ranged from those diagnosed only weeks before the meet to those who are 20-year survivors.

Support for Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative has been tremendous from the very start â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the more than 120,000 fans who have poured into Coleman &ROLVHXPDOOZHDULQJSLQNIRUWKH&ULPVRQ7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW eight â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive 4 the Causeâ&#x20AC;? meets, to the spread of pink events throughout the athletics department, the Southeastern Conference and ultimately the nation. Support has been equally impressive for the events and organizations that raise money for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, especially A Nite on the Green and the Tuscaloosa Toyota/DCH Foundation Golf Classic. Because of those two events, along with the generous support of the West Alabama community, funding raced past the $1 million mark in 2010. Since 2010, another $350,000 has been donated to the fund, including more than $100,000 from events in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The generosity of the West Alabama community never ceases to amaze me,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year, through the good times and the tough times, people continue to reach deep to help those around them.â&#x20AC;? The DCH Breast Cancer Fund was started in the fall of 2004 to support Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink initiative, providing awareness, education, screenings and support for those in need in the West Alabama area. A Nite on the Green evolved from a dinner held before the 2005 Golf Classic to thank players and

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sponsors. The event also gave non-golfers a way to be a SDUWRI WKH3RZHURI 3LQN)URPWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWGLQQHUDKLJKO\ successful annual fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund has evolved as well as one of Tuscaloosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;must attendâ&#x20AC;? events, one that features live and silent auctions, music, dancing and great food all for a great cause. The 2012 Nite on the Green was held at the Cypress Inn Pavilion on the Black Warrior River. The 2011 event, held at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus, featured American Idolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Hicks. The Tuscaloosa Toyota/DCH Foundation Golf Classic follows A Nite on the Green a day or two later. While the tournament itself is always a lot of fun, the excitement really builds at the end of the day with the start of the annual shootout where one lucky golfer wins a new car courtesy of Tuscaloosa Toyota. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The support for these events, and the Power of Pink as a whole, has been phenomenal,â&#x20AC;? said David DeSantis, co-owner of Tuscaloosa Toyota and one of the chairs of A Nite on the Green and the Golf Classic. In addition to the money raised by the two annual events, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the UA chapter of which has been an integral part of hosting the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive for the Cause meets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; donated $25,000 to the fund during the summer of 2012 in honor of Sarah Patterson, the keynote speaker at the ZTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national convention.

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Whether it’s on TV, online or on the radio, keeping up with the Alabama gymnastics team has never been easier. Newspapers, television, radio, magazines and the Internet ... if it carries information, you can be guaranteed Alabama gymnastics has a voice in it. Over the past 30 years, coverage of the Crimson Tide gymnastics program has grown exponentially. There’s no secret formula for the Tide’s media success. Alabama wins – a lot – with six NCAA championships and seven Southeastern Conference titles since 1988 to go with more than 400 regular-season wins since 1979. The second part of Alabama’s formula for media success is interest. To have such a wide variety of media outlets covering the program on a regular basis, Alabama had to prove that people cared. An average of 11,000-plus fans per meet RYHUWKHSDVWGR]HQ\HDUVFHUWDLQO\TXDOLÀHVDV interest. “It’s not just enough to win if you want the media to cover you,” Sarah Patterson said. “You have to convince them that people care. Once our attendance started to rise into the thousands, I think the newspapers and television stations started to understand.”  7KH&ULPVRQ7LGHKDVDOVREHQHÀWHGIURP the SEC’s broadcast package with ESPN and Fox Sports. Once again, all six of Alabama’s 2013 regular-season SEC meets will be broadcast as part of the league’s groundbreaking television deal. The 2013 SEC Championships will air on both ESPN2 DQG(6318$IWHUKDYLQJLWVÀUVWÀYH1&$$ championships broadcast on CBS Sports, the Tide’s

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2012 national championship was broadcast on the ESPN family of network. Magazines devoted to Crimson Tide athletics, such as Bama Magazine, Crimson Magazine and Tuscaloosa Magazine routinely cover the gymnastics program, but national magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Glamour magazine have also featured Tide gymnasts. In 2005, Sports Illustrated on Campus featured four-time NCAA Champion Ashley Miles as one of six collegiate athletes to watch, regardless of sport or gender and in 2012 Sport Illustrated covered Alabama’s Tornado Relief meet against Missouri. Crimson Tide gymnastics also has its own weekly television show. The “Sarah Patterson Show” is in its 14th season in 2013. The half-hour television program, co-hosted by longtime Tide personality Tom Roberts, is broadcast to millions of homes per week. The Tide is also featured on a weekly video feed that sends highlights and interviews to television stations around the country to be used in local and national broadcasts. All of the Tide’s home meets are streamed live over the Internet via RollTide.com and Alabama is in the ninth year of simulcasting all its meets on the radio and Internet. Rich Robinson and Leesa Davis will be calling all the action again in 2013. The broadcasts originate from WVUA-FM in Tuscaloosa and are available over the Internet at www.newrock907.com. Patterson is a regular on the Tide’s weekly radio program, “Hey, Coach!” Radio hosts throughout the state who prefer lively and knowledgeable guests on their shows call on Patterson often.

FOLLOW THE TIDE As for keeping up with the day-to-day aspects of the Tide, the Internet continues to make that easier all the time. The gymnastics team keeps everyone in the know with its own Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts, which are all BamaGymnastics. Patterson also has her own Twitter feed – @UACoachSarah. Fans can also access a pair of websites devoted to the Alabama gymnasts and their DFFRPSOLVKPHQWV7KHRIÀFLDO8QLYHUVLW\RI  Alabama Athletics site is located at RollTide. com. The other key site for those who want to be in the know about UA gymnastics is GymTide. com, which is a product of Alabama’s booster organization, The Medalist Club. The group was RQHRI WKHÀUVWERRVWHURUJDQL]DWLRQVIRUDQ\VSRUW to have its own website. Since the 2000 season, Jan Davis has been providing live online commentary of all the Tide’s meets, routine-by-routine, on GymTide.com. To round out the family affair on GymTide. com, Jan and Leesa Davis’ brother Jim has been providing photography and videography for the site since its inception in the late 1990s. Through the Davis family and a host of other hardworking volunteers, Alabama gymnastics enjoys unprecedented online coverage. “When I started, I had no way of knowing the advances that would be made in communication and technology,” Patterson said. “But I did know that I wanted Alabama to compete and achieve

Facebook BamaGymnastics Twitter @BamaGymnastics @UACoachSarah YouTube BamaGymnastics at the highest level and I wanted people to know about it. Some of the ways in which we receive coverage boggles my mind, but the amount of coverage is what I had hoped for.” Coverage from Alabama’s dozen daily newspapers has grown to the point that Patterson has a weekly media availability to accommodate all the writers. The Tuscaloosa News has produced several “GymDay,” special sections. The gymnastics team is a regular on the front page of the state’s sports sections and occasionally makes its way onto “A1,” the front page of the paper. Alabama is also one of the few women’s teams in the nation that has a full program for each of its home events. Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, the marketing arm of the athletic department, produces a full-color, 56-page program for each regular-season home meet. The souvenir programs include interviews, statistics, features and opponent information.

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS IN THE NEWS In addition to being regulars on television, on the internet and in magazines, Crimson Tide gymnastics is also front page news for Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily newspapers. Alabama gymnastics has also warranted its own special section in The Tuscaloosa News on average of once a year over the past decade. Those special sections usually come in conjunction with the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest meet of the season and explore a variety of topics, including the art of vaulting, the physics of gymnastics, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever-growing attendance and the Power of Pink initiative. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

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Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson watches senior All-American and Scholastic AllAmerican Kayla Hoffman on the balance beam wearing the pink leotard that the Tide wears during its annual Power of Pink meet.

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By Aaron Suttles TUSCALOOSA t the end of a long blue foam runway sits a leather-wrapped table, 287 pounds in weight, anchored to the ďŹ&#x201A;oor by two 105-pound cast-iron weight plates at its base. Menacing in appearance, unforgiving even, this rounded apparatus must be traversed with precision. The slightest imperfection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an unpointed toe, a ďŹ&#x201A;exed knee or a bent elbow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape the acute eye of those who sit in judgment. The tiniest ďŹ&#x201A;aw, although not visible to the untrained eye, will cost you. They run full speed, streaks of pink, ponytails ďŹ&#x201A;ailing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from west to east along the back wall in Coleman Coliseum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; covering the 82 feet of runway in a blur. Mere seconds after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve begun, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete. Six University of Alabama gymnasts will travel those 82 feet tonight, and one thing is almost certain. Alabama will dominate those 82 feet. For all of the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ups and downs this season, you can always count on the vault to right the ship. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just this season. Dating back to 2008, Alabama has scored a 49 or better in 46 consecutive meets. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominance. UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average vault score of 49.271 ranks second only to Florida (49.371), which leads the nation in every event. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lowest vault score this season, 49.15, came in the opening meet against Penn State. That score would currently rank sixth in the nation. After the Tide shook the rust off and got competition ready, it has scored 49.5 (Arkansas), 49.25 (Boise State), 49.25 (MetroPlex Challenge), 49.2 (Florida) and 49.275 (Auburn). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rarity for Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club to be beaten on the vault. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rarity for Alabama gymnasts not to stick their landings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten to the point where it is a rarity for an Alabama gymnast to score lower than a 9.8. SEE VAULT | 2C

opponents, two of the next-best teams in the SEC, and the topranked Crimson Tide showed more than a glimpse of the complete team it will become before the 2010 season is over. Consider the combined numbers from the two halves, and note how similar the splits are: y Points: 41 (17 vs. Arkansas, 24 vs. Florida). y Points allowed: 6 (3 vs. Arkansas, 3 vs. Florida).

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niversity of Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson sat in a Tuscaloosa doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office with a thought she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake. She knew it was highly unlikely she had breast cancer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experienced any health issues and her insurance provided top-quality care â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but she kept thinking about women with the disease who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have similar preventative options. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband and I had always been community involved, but I really felt a calling that if I had the best of care and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing wrong with me, what about the

young mother with two kids who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have insurance?â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. Thus was born in 2004 the spark for Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power of Pinkâ&#x20AC;? initiative and DCH Breast Cancer Fund, the two branches of what has become one of West Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent cancer awareness and prevention drives. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Power of Pinkâ&#x20AC;? program, which has drawn about 88,000 fans to Coleman Coliseum for the annual pink-themed gymnastics meet, is Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most visible venue for bringing awareness to preventative breast cancer measures. With the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, Patterson and a team of

supporters put on fundraisers, with proceeds going to the DCH Regional Medical Center. The center, in turn, pays for the cost of mammograms, medical procedures and other breast cancer-related needs for lower-income women in West Alabama. To date, the DCH Breast Cancer Fund has put $850,000 into the medical center, and this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Nite on the Greenâ&#x20AC;? event coupled with an annual golf outing likely will push that number past $1 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we got to $500,000, I just thought it was awesome, but now I think of how much care

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CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP

Biffle keeps title hopes alive By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Greg Biffle is back in the title hunt, and Jimmie Johnson has resumed his normal spot atop the NASCAR leaderboard. Kansas Speedway once again played a major role in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which got a whole lot tighter after a fast-paced Sunday race domi-

that could mean trouble for everyone besides Johnson and Denny Hamlin: Only once in Chase history has the eventual champion been ranked lower than second after Kansas. Who was that? Johnson, who rallied from eighth in points after Kansas in 2006 to win the first of his four consecutive titles. And here he is again, rallying from as low as 21st midway through the race Sunday to finish

After running away from Stanford, Oregon jumped over Boise State and into No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday. The top two spots in the rankings remained unchanged. Alabama is No. 1 and Ohio State is No. 2, just the way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been since the preseason. Auburn moved up from 10th to eighth this week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best ranking since late in the 2006 season. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talked about it,â&#x20AC;? Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think (the players have) a really good grip on the fact that really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect anything one way or the other. Obviously, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice wherever they have you, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that has any bearing on the way anybody thinks or prepares. We simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about it.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, Texas fell out of the Top 25. Two more traditional powers

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ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard the Les Miles jokes by now. The man transformed into a verb, as in, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be careful you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Miles that finish.â&#x20AC;? LSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championship coach has become a walking punch line. My favorite on Twitter, in a nod to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;? skit: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Miles worse than MacGruber at clock management.â&#x20AC;? In all seriousness, how does this keep happening? How does an SEC coach with a national title make so many mistakes that ESPN can legitimately run a poll asking fans to name that coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst end-game blunder? By the way, you know your endgame blunders are bad when, as of Sunday afternoon, the Tennessee fiasco â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as bad a finish as there

will ever be in college football â&#x20AC;&#x201D; only led the Ole Miss disaster from last year by 2 percent. Miles promised many times to fix LSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recurring problems with clock management. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an

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From Tuscaloosa to Little Rock, Ark., to Los Angeles, Calif., and all the Crimson Tide stops in between, Alabama gymnastics fans who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see all the action live can once again follow along on the radio courtesy of the Alabama Gymnastics broadcast, sponsored by the Medalist Club and broadcast in conjunction with WVUA-FM. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our radio broadcast has been such a success over the years,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to keep the Crimson Tide nation informed, whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re across the state or around the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially nice when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the road and our hometown fans can keep up with all the action.â&#x20AC;? Leesa Davis is in her ninth season broadcasting the Alabama gymnastics meets and is joined on the air by Rich Robinson, in his second season. The duo makes Alabama the only team in the nation to have all its meets, home and away, regular and postseason, broadcast on the radio and the Internet. The enterprise has been a resounding success, with fans who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meets following on the radio or through WVUAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web presence. There are even those who listen to the call while at the meets. In addition to describing the action, the broadcasts include gymnast and coach interviews, trivia quizzes and post-meet wrapups. For their hard work in covering the Crimson Tide, the Davis family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sisters Jan and Leesa and brother Jim â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were honored with the 2007 David Dutton Memorial Award, which goes to those individuals who go above and beyond for the Alabama gymnastics program. With Leesa on the radio, Jan providing online commentary for GymTide.com and Jim taking care of photography and video for the web, the Davis trio makes sure Alabama fans stay up-to-date.

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2013 Medalist Club president Dr. Dolores Burroughs and 2012 president Lance Hocutt stand in front of the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championship display during a recent Medalist Club board meeting.

 2IĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\RUJDQL]HGLQ7KH0HGDOLVW&OXEZDVIRUPHG to support all aspects of Alabama gymnastics. Since that time, the group has grown to over 300 memberships representing more than 700 people. As the Alabama gymnastics program continues to grow, so does its fan base. The Medalist Club seeks not only to cheer on the gymnasts but also provide a means by which fans can come together in an organized way to support the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through everything we accomplished last year, the Medalist Club was there with us,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The amazing support we receive from our fans, especially the Medalist Club, is vital to our program continuing to excel at a championship level. Year after year,

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WKH\KDYHĂ&#x20AC;OOHG&ROHPDQ&ROLVHXPDVZHOODVDUHQDVDURXQGWKH country, to support our ladies and help carry them to the very top.â&#x20AC;? Cheering the Tide on to championships is far from the Medalist Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only purpose. Through the years, the club has helped support the team in a variety of ways, including extra touches such as helping IXUQLVKWKHWHDPURRPZLWKFRPSXWHUVDĂ DWVFUHHQWHOHYLVLRQDQG most recently a state-of-the-art video system for the gym. "The Medalist Club is always looking for ways to make our great program better," 2010 club president Jack Goertz said. "When we asked Sarah, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What can we do, what's your dream?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She said the coaching staff had been looking at an integrated video system and that a donation toward that would be a big help."

After looking at the system that was on Patterson's wish list, The Medalist Club came to a decision. "We looked at it and after talking it through we decided to see LI ZHFRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHWKHZKROHWKLQJ*RHUW]VDLG7KDQNVWRRXU generous supporters and Medalist Club members we were able to buy the whole system. We were glad to be able to do that, to add one more piece that will help keep Alabama at the forefront of collegiate gymnastics." More than just providing the program with amenities for its team room and the video system, Patterson believes The Medalist Club provides the team with an important link in its chain of success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This goes beyond the realm of a plain booster organization that SURYLGHVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVXSSRUWÂľ3DWWHUVRQVDLG´7KHHPRWLRQDOVXSSRUW they provide is what sets them apart from any other organization.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a group of people focused together on providing support for our student-athletes in terms of fellowship in a family atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? Patterson explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have taken the art of being a fan and turned it into something that allows everyone, including WKHVWXGHQWDWKOHWHVWRHQMR\WKHEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WRI LWÂľ Families are a focal point of the booster group. With the inception of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tide Tykes/Tide Teensâ&#x20AC;? in 1999, children have had the chance to hang out with the gymnasts in their own special reception. That program continues the sense of family that the Tide gymnastics program has fostered over the past 34 years under Sarah and David Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great family activity,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provides children ZLWKWKHRSSRUWXQLW\WREHLQYROYHGZLWKVRPHWHUULĂ&#x20AC;FUROHPRGHOVÂľ The Medalist Club is also instrumental in helping the Tide host the many SEC and NCAA competitions that have come to Tuscaloosa and Coleman Coliseum over the years, including the 1991, 1996 and 2002 NCAA Championships and a dozen NCAA Regional Championships. Alabama will look to the club again in the spring of 2013 when it once again plays host the NCAA Regional Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The support we get from The Medalist Club in hosting championship meets is one of the reasons that our hospitality is nationally known,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. The Medalist Club is continually growing and changing, working diligently to remain at the forefront of support organizations. For the eighth season in a row, the club will help underwrite the radio broadcasts of all the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meets, home and away, on WVUAFM and the Internet. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, GymTide.com, sponsored through corporate SDUWQHUVKLSVZDVDPRQJWKHQDWLRQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWERRVWHUFOXEVLWHVDQG remains one of the best with a variety of features that allow Tide fans to get to know and keep up with the program. The highly popular site boasts innovative and informative features in a wide array of formats, all designed to give a comprehensive look at one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top collegiate programs.

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The Sarah Patterson Distinguished Alumni Award

From the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012 Medalist Club president Lance Hocutt, Sarah Patterson, 2012 Medalist Club Postgraduate Scholarship recipient Ricki Lebegern and scholarship chairman Michelle Reeser.

From the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sarah Patterson, 2012 Distinguished Alumni Jamie Jenkins Burke, Candace Burge, Senior Vice President of the awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsor, The Bank Of Tuscaloosa, and Medalist Club board member Pat Huet.

One of the unique and wonderful aspects of The Medalist Club is its postgraduate scholarship program designed to provide members of the Crimson Tide gymnastics family a chance to continue their education at the University of Alabama. As a former Alabama gymnastics AllAmerican and Scholastic All-American, Michelle Reeser, the chair for the postgraduate scholarship committee, recognizes the importance and VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQFHRI DZDUGLQJWKHVFKRODUVKLSV â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Medalist Club has always been a tremendous asset to the gymnastics program,â&#x20AC;? Reeser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This scholarship shows that they are as committed to academic excellence as the coaches, gymnasts and staff are.â&#x20AC;?  5HHVHUVSHDNVIURPĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDQGH[SHULHQFH having earned an MC Scholarship while pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in accounting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This again demonstrates that The Medalist Club supports student-athletes,â&#x20AC;? coach Sarah 3DWWHUVRQH[SODLQHG´,WH[HPSOLĂ&#x20AC;HVWKHWKLQJV about the program that we want to emphasize:

For Jamie Jenkins, now Jamie Burke, the 2012 Arkansas meet was more than just another alumni night and more than just another Power of Pink meet. It was also a night of surprises, honors and tremendous pride. A staunch supporter of Alabama gymnasticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Power of Pink since its inception in 2005, Burke saw the cause take on a special meaning when her mother Carol Sue Jenkins was diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous year. A member of the Crimson Tide family since her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s days as a UA gymnast, Carol Sue was one of the 18 breast cancer survivors honored prior to the Arkansas meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was very special for me, because my mom is a trooper and a survivor and truly one of the most amazing women that I know,â&#x20AC;? Burke said. After being introduced with the alumni and looking on as her mother was introduced in front of the sold-out crowd of 15,075 fans, Burke had another special moment waiting for KHU%HWZHHQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGVHFRQGURWDWLRQVVKH

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we are about athletes and education.â&#x20AC;?  $Q\RQHZKRKDVPDGHDVLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW contribution to the Alabama gymnastics program may apply for the postgraduate scholarship. Potential recipients include alumni, trainers and managers. The funding is awarded upon completion of eligibility and graduation.  7KHVFKRODUVKLSZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWRI LWVNLQGWREH awarded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to set the standard,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lead the nation in NCAA and SEC postgraduate scholarship winners in our program. This is just another arena that we have opened up to our student-athletes.â&#x20AC;? All-American Ricki Lebegern, a member of the 2009 SEC championship team, is the most recent recipient of the scholarship. Lebegern is pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in business administration. Past recipients include Lexa Evans, Gwen Spidle, AndreĂŠ Pickens, Alexa Martinez, Michelle Reeser, Kaitlin White, Ashley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal, Sara Scarborough, Kassi Price and Morgan Dennis.

was announced as the 2012 Sarah Patterson Distinguished Alumni award winner.  7KHDZDUGĂ&#x20AC;UVWSUHVHQWHGLQ recognizes members of the Alabama gymnastics family who have gone on to lead lives of distinction, an apt description of Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s postAlabama accomplishments. A 1991 UA graduate with a degree in early education, she is in her 20th year as a special education teacher in the West Alabama community. Currently teaching at Vestavia Elementary School, Burke has been honored several times for her work in special education, including being named the Vestavia Hills City Rotary Club Teacher of the Year and the Alabama Federation Council of Exceptional Children Alabama Special Education Teacher of the Year. Burke followed pre Anne (Wilhide) Dziadon, 2011; Meredith (Willard) Luber, 2010; Dr. Julie (Estin) Vaughn, 2009; Dana (Dobransky) Duckworth, 2008; Marie Robbins, 2007; Patti (Rice) Eggers, 2006; and the awardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural recipient Barbara (Mack) Harding, 2005.

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BUILT BY BAMA In their 35 years at Alabama, Sarah and David Patterson have built a program that has excelled and thrived at the highest levels in all areas of the collegiate experience, leading the Crimson Tide to championship performances in the gym and the classroom while making a difference in the community around them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our philosophy has always been that if you develop the whole person, not just the gymnast, that the scores will take care of themselves,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look for those that want to excel in everything they do, who want to be part of a family environment and who want to be involved in community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to us, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it means to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Built by Bama.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I think that philosophy is why Alabama gymnastics has been so successful over the years.â&#x20AC;? That success reached a fevered pitch over the past two seasons as Alabama reached new heights. In 2012, Alabama won its second NCAA championship in a row, marking WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWKH&ULPVRQ7LGHJ\PQDVWLFV program has won back-to-back national titles. Over that two-year span, 10 gymnasts earned 29 All-America honors, Geralen Stack-Eaton earned back-to-back individual national titles and Kayla Hoffman received the 2011 Honda Award, Southeastern Conference Female Athlete of the Year and NCAA Top VIII honors. The Tide has been just as successful in the classroom over the past two years, with 18 gymnasts earning 27 Scholastic All-America honors, including a school-record 14 in 2011. 5DFKHO7HUU\EHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJ\PQDVWWRHDUQ the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elite 89 Award in back-to-back seasons with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. As a team, Alabama posted lofty GPAs during both championship runs, including a schoolrecord 3.71 GPA in 2011. On a conference level, Hoffman and Kim Jacob were voted SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaches in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Tide gymnasts also earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll 34 times, a total that includes a school and SEC-record 17 honorees in 2012. In the midst of all their athletic and academic success, the Tide maintained an active presence in the community, spending hour upon hour of their free time lending a helping hand to those in need, including such outreach projects as the Power of Pink and ReadBAMARead, plus working to help the West Alabama community recover from the April 2011 tornado that cut a swath through the Tuscaloosa community. The Tide also continued its worth with the Stallings RISE Center, Project AngelTree, Easter Seals and a host of other causes.

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While the past two years have been extraordinary, that kind of excellence in all areas is far from new to the Crimson Tide under the Pattersons, who have built a program that has remained a constant among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite for more than 30 years. That sustained greatness led to the Pattersons becoming the only coaches in collegiate gymnastics history to win NCAA titles in four different GHFDGHV²ZLWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRPLQJLQWKHVIROORZHGE\WZRLQWKH 1990s, one in the 2000s and now two in the 2010s. With six NCAA championships to her credit, Sarah has joined Alabama football coach Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? Bryant for the most career national championships by a Crimson Tide head coach. In addition

to forging Alabama into a football juggernaut, the foundation for the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics success was also â&#x20AC;&#x153;Built by Bearâ&#x20AC;? after Bryant, in his role as Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletics director, hired Sarah straight out of Slippery Rock State College in the summer of 1978. The last coach hired by Bryant, Sarah gives the legendary coach credit for helping launch the Tide to its current level of success.  ´,ZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKFRDFKLQĂ&#x20AC;YH\HDUVDQGWKHUHKDGQ¡WEHHQD ZLQQLQJUHFRUGGXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIRXU\HDUVÂľ6DUDK3DWWHUVRQVDLG´, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it at the time, but the plan was to drop the program after the season.â&#x20AC;?  $ODEDPDZRQVHYHQPHHWVWKDWVHDVRQDVPDQ\DVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWIRXU years combined and that caught Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Bryant loved a winner,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when ZHKDGVRPHVXFFHVVWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUKHJDYHXVIRXUVFKRODUVKLSVWR UHFUXLWZLWKDQGWKDWZDVRXUĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHFUXLWLQJFODVVÂľ The duo promised that class that Alabama would make it to the national championships during their careers. As seniors, that Ă&#x20AC;UVWUHFUXLWLQJFODVVPDUFKHGLQWRWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV ZKHUHWKH7LGHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGDQDPD]LQJIRXUWKLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDO championship appearance. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. The Tide has not missed an NCAA Championships appearance since, making it 30 in a row in 2012, the second longest streak in the history of collegiate gymnastics. During that 30-year span, Alabama became one of just four teams in collegiate gymnastics history to win an NCAA championship. The Tide has also Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQWKHWRSVL[WLPHVLQFOXGLQJWRS WKUHHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV In addition to being in their 35th season at Alabama, the Pattersons are also celebrating WKHWKDQQLYHUVDU\RI WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDODQG FRQIHUHQFHFKDPSLRQVKLSVLQ,I WKH7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW recruiting class earning a trip to the 1983 national championships built the foundation for Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, the 1988 SEC and NCAA championship team cemented the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite programs. It also gave credence to the coaching philosophy that Sarah and David Patterson had utilized since day one of their coaching career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That season proved you could have our philosophy and have those priorities and still be successful at the highest level,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It showed you could coach for a championship, \RXFRXOGLQVWLOOWKDWDFDGHPLFVXFFHVVZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQG foremost, and you could treat your student-athletes as maturing individuals who you want to see become better citizens who will continue to grow after graduation.â&#x20AC;? Alabama followed the 1988 NCAA crown with national championships in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011 and 2012. The Tide collected SEC titles in 1988, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2011. Individually, Alabama gymnasts have earned 277 All-America honors and 23 individual NCAA championships. Seven times a member of the Crimson Tide has earned the Honda Award, presented annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top gymnast. UA gymnasts have also earned the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; presented annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-eight senior student-athletes, regardless of gender or NCAA division â&#x20AC;&#x201C; four times. Patterson-coached athletes have earned 22 NCAA and SEC SRVWJUDGXDWHVFKRODUVKLSVDQRWKHUĂ&#x20AC;JXUHWKDWLVEHVWLQWKHQDWLRQ as well as 175 Scholastic All-America and 246 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades.

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CHAMPIONS While those numbers just scratch the surface of the Pattersons’ accomplishments, they do outline a pattern of success that is extraordinary even among the nation’s elite collegiate programs. That is one of the reasons that when ESPN began making plans to start a new unit within its sports empire targeted to women, ESPN/W, they asked Sarah to serve on the advisory panel. It is also why when the University of Alabama decided to create a “Champions Plaza” in front of Coleman Coliseum, its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name it after Sarah Patterson in recognition of all she and David have accomplished. Such recognition of their contributions to the landscape of women’s athletics over the past 34 years is certainly gratifying, but what Sarah and David Patterson are most proud of is the success their gymnasts enjoy after they leave Alabama. After spending their collegiate careers at the Capstone, Tide gymnasts invariably go on to lead lives of distinction, both professionally and personally. “Winning championships never grows old,” Sarah Patterson said. “And I have thoroughly enjoyed watching our ladies take home conference and national championships and awards, but there is nothing like the sense of satisfaction I get watching our ladies go out into the world and use what they learned at Alabama, both in the classroom and in the gym, to make themselves successful. It is simply the best feeling in the world.”  $ODEDPD·VDOOWLPHURVWHULVÀOOHGZLWKKLJKO\ successful doctors and lawyers, mothers and executives, teachers and engineers and they all share the common thread that they learned the habit of success at Alabama. That fact is probably the single greatest measure of Sarah and David Patterson’s three decades of success at Alabama. The Pattersons are also extremely proud of the role their current gymnasts and alumni play in the community. “I think as David and I have matured, we’ve placed a greater emphasis in our own lives on community service and how we can help,” Sarah Patterson said. “I feel that if we can instill that quality – that characteristic of giving – in our athletes when they are 18 to 22, and they have the sense of accomplishment that working in the community gives, then when they graduate and go

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out into the world, they will have gained so much from that experience that they will always be giving people. That’s something that’s very important.” One of the reasons that the Pattersons have been so successful over the years is that the tenets of excellence upon which the Alabama program has been built have been constant from day one. “The core of what we are today hasn’t changed from 20, 30 years ago,” Sarah Patterson said. “Now we’ve gotten a little older and a little wiser, but when you get right down to it we still have the same philosophy, the same goals and the same drive to succeed on all levels that we did at the start.” There have been some changes along the way, including David Patterson’s retirement from the University in the fall of 2008, which allowed him to assume the volunteer coaching position. He had surgery after the 2005 season to fuse four vertebrae in his spine to help ease chronic back problems. “Nothing has really changed as far as the gymnasts are concerned,” David Patterson said. “The biggest difference is that now my relationship with our student-athletes begins when they come on campus, instead of on the recruiting trail.” While he isn’t on the road recruiting, or spotting in the gym, David Patterson still plans practices as he always has and he is still in the gym every day, watching, teaching and encouraging. In addition to her coaching duties, Sarah Patterson is the driving force behind the Power RI 3LQNLQLWLDWLYHWKDWUDLVHVDZDUHQHVVLQWKHÀJKW against breast cancer and has raised more than $1.25 million for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund established by Alabama gymnastics and the DCH Foundation in 2004 to help women in need prevent, detect and treat breast cancer. In 2005 she was also named to the DCH Foundation Board. She also speaks to groups throughout the state of Alabama and she and David are always there to lend a hand with local causes. She has served in Alabama’s athletic administration as Associate Athletics Director since 1985 and was on the SEC Executive Committee, the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee and the NCAA Recruiting Committee. In addition to their extensive Alabama gymnastics family, the Pattersons have two daughters of their own, Jessie and Jordan, both of whom have made their way to the University of Alabama. Jessie has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alabama and joined her

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BUILT BY BAMA parents on the UA staff in 2010 when she was named assistant editor of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alumni Magazine. She is now a communications specialist in UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Student Affairs. During her undergraduate days, Jessie worked as a reporter, WKHQVSRUWVHGLWRUDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\PDQDJLQJHGLWRURI  The Crimson White, the University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student paper. Jordan joined in the family enterprise when she earned a scholarship to play softball for the Crimson Tide, joining Patrick Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad in the fall of 2009. Since that time, she and her WHDPPDWHVZRQ$ODEDPD¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$6RIWEDOO championship in 2012 as well as back-to-back SEC championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all the years of having Jessie and Jordan in the stands as David and I coached, there is nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction we get from seeing our daughters enjoy such success at Alabama,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to be there as a family, watching in the rain as Jordan and her teammates won the 2012 World Series is a thrill I will never forget.â&#x20AC;? And while the Pattersons may spend much of their time outside of work as softball parents, they both have a variety of hobbies and interests that keep them busy. Sarah, in her scant spare time, is an enthusiastic scrapbooker, a legendary baker of FRRNLHVDQGDELJFRXQWU\PXVLFIDQĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJKHU iPod with Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and others. David has become skilled in woodworking over the past several years, creating ever larger and more intricate projects, graduating to pieces of furniture that are proudly displayed in the Patterson home.  $QDFFRPSOLVKHGĂ \Ă&#x20AC;VKHUPDQKH¡VFDXJKWD Ă&#x20AC;VKLQDOOVWDWHVDIWHUFKHFNLQJ0LVVRXULRII  his list in May of 2010. In the community, he helped spearhead the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ride of Loveâ&#x20AC;?, a one-day, 150-mile bicycle ride through Alabama to raise money for Camp Smile-A-Mile, which caters to children with cancer. With lives as busy as they have ever been, 6DUDKDQG'DYLG3DWWHUVRQĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHLUGD\VĂ&#x20AC;OOHG with family and work and the wide variety of details that intertwine everything together. It is an intricate act of balance to keep everything going at such a high level for such a long time, but it is a balancing act at which they excel and thrive.

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ALABAMA UNDER THE PATTERSONS

Year at Alabama: 35th Overall Regular Season Record: 415-92-4/34 years

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 NCAA Team Championships - 1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7 SEC Team Championships - 1988, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 27 NCAA Regional Team Championships -1983-85, 1987-96, 1998-03, 2005-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII honorees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7 Honda Awards (National Gymnast of the Year) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 23 individual NCAA championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 12 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 NCAA Elite 89 honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 62 athletes have earned 277 All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 71 athletes have earned 175 Scholastic All-America honors (since 1991)

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

SARAH PATTERSON CAREER CAPSULE

DAVID PATTERSON CAREER CAPSULE

Education: Slippery Rock State College (Pa.), 1978 Major: Physical education

Education: University of Alabama, 1982 Major: Coaching and public relations

Honors: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza (named in 2012) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Patterson A-Club Endowed Scholarship (established in 2011) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (inducted March 2003) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; National Coach of the Year - 1986, 1988, 1991, 2002 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Coach of the Year - 1985, 1995, 2000, 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1997 U.S. World University Games coach (silver medal) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1983 U.S. World University Games coach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Honorary member of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alabama State Gymnastics Association Coach of the Year 1978-79

Honors: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2011 Lewis Each Courage Award â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1992 & 1993 NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1982-83 Alabama State Gymnastics Association Coach of the Year

5 SEC Athletes of the Year 3 SEC Scholar Athletes of the Year 56 individual SEC Championships 80 All-SEC honors 10 SEC Postgraduate Scholarships 246 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades 6 SEC Gymnast of the Year honors 3 SEC Freshman of the Year honors 8 NCAA Region Gymnast of the Year honors 135 individual NCAA Regional Championships SEC single-meet attendance record (15,162 vs. Florida; 1/20/06) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC single-season attendance record (13,786 per meet; 2010)

Club Coaching Achievements: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Named assistant coach for the 1989 and 1991 World University Games â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bama Bounder Age Group Club s NATIONALCHAMPIONS s REGIONALCHAMPIONS s STATECHAMPIONS

THE PATTERSON RECORD Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979

Record 11-1-0 11-1-0 9-2-0 8-5-0 10-4-0 8-2-0 14-1-0 11-3-0 12-1-0 10-7-0 12-3-0 15-2-1 14-3-0 8-3-0 10-3-0 13-2-0 12-1-0 15-1-0 7-3-1 9-2-0 9-4-0 16-0-0 14-1-0 13-3-0 14-3-2 12-5-0 18-2-0 16-4-0 15-5-0 15-1-0 17-2-0 14-1-0 16-4-0 7-7-0

SEC Finish 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Regional Finish 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

NCAA Finish 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 6th 9th 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 4th 5th 3rd 3rd 9th 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 4th 6th 4th â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Administration: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ESPN/W Advisory Panel, 2010-present â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DCH Foundation Board, 2004-present â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Associate Athletic Director, 1985-present â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Senior Woman Administrator, 1985-96 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NCAA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gymnastics Committee, 1985-90 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NCAA Recruiting Committee, 1991-96 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Executive Committee, 1988-91

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To Bryan Raschilla, now in his 17th season with the Crimson Tide, there is no better place to be than the University of Alabama and no better job than coaching its gymnastics team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I absolutely love what I am doing,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to meet and build relationships with some really wonderful people. The chance to work with this caliber of student-athlete, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you get anywhere else. And what I like the most is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about gymnastics and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about the four years theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here on campus. Being at Alabama is about creating lifelong relationships.â&#x20AC;? Most importantly to him, Raschilla has seen class after class of Alabama gymnasts come through the program, grow as athletes and people and graduate, ready to make something great of their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m at Alabama to be a part of a program that does things the right way,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have the good fortune to coach athletes who excel in academics, athletics and community service. To be able to have some part in their development is really at the heart of why I coach.â&#x20AC;? Since he joined the Tide for the 1997 season, Raschilla has helped coach Alabama to NCAA championships in DQGDVZHOODVDWULRRI 1&$$UXQQHUXSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVDQGWRSVL[QDWLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVRYHUDOO:LWK Raschilla on board, the Tide also owns two of the past four Southeastern Conference titles and four overall, with league championships coming in 2011, 2009, 2003 and 2000. Alabama gymnasts have won 12 individual NCAA titles during his tenure, including Geralen Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 NCAA Floor Exercise and 2012 NCAA Balance Beam Championships. The Tide has earned 169 All-America honors and 149 Scholastic All-America honors during his tenure. On a conference level, in addition to the team titles, Alabama has won 40 individual SEC titles and been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll 186 times since Raschilla arrived. The Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of excellence has garnered a staunch following, another aspect of the program that he loves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no better program in the country in terms of atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coleman Coliseum is the best arena to compete in. We draw between 12,000 and 15,000 people per home meet and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sold out multiple times, bringing over 15,000 fans in to watch our ladies compete.â&#x20AC;? Raschillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excitement about Alabama goes far beyond the gymnastics program, extending to the University as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the energy this campus has and how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing all the time,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a better time to be here than right now, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just because Alabama won four national championships in 2012 and gymnastics won its second in a row. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great people coming together to do amazing things. If you look at how the student body has grown and how campus has grown right along with it, todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students enjoy the best of the best all the time.â&#x20AC;? For Raschilla the campus atmosphere makes Tuscaloosa a great place to raise his family. And while he and wife Laura are both Ohio natives, their son Adam, born in 1998, and daughter Kathryn, born in 2001, were both born in Alabama.

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The Raschillas, from the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kathryn, Adam, Laura and Bryan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both our children were born here, we have Raschilla also brings a talent for graphic design family that moved here to be with us and to get to bear on the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posters, logos, advertising, warm,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laura and media guide covers along with a host of other I may be from Ohio originally, but we consider projects. His most recent work is on display in the ourselves Alabamians now and we feel fortunate Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly revitalized practice facility. to be raising our family in Tuscaloosa. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a strong Raschilla produced the graphics design for the community, one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing all the time.â&#x20AC;? larger-than-life murals that populate the gym. As his own family has grown, Raschilla has come to appreciate the family aspect of the Tide gymnastics program more and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am impressed and amazed by how our ladies stay connected to the program and to each other,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They also remain big fans and supporters of the team, from those who graduated over 30 years ago to those who graduated last year. There is just a tremendous bond, one that lasts a lifetime, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly a family, one that is there in the good times and the tough times.â&#x20AC;? His duties with the Crimson Tide are as wideranging as his talents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bryan not only brings his keen technical analysis to the team, he also brings the sort of stability that is expected of this program,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After all, he is now in his 17th year with us, which adds a comforting continuity for the athletes.â&#x20AC;?

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So how did the 6-foot, 5-inch redhead with a degree in graphic design get involved in the one sport heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never tried? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I probably get asked that question a hundred times a year,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said with a laugh. Asked to spot for his high school team, Raschillaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest continued to develop throughout his time at Youngstown State University in Ohio when he coached age-group gymnastics. After 11 years of club gymnastics DQGFRXQWOHVVVWDWHFKDPSLRQVQDWLRQDOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUV and national team members, he moved into the collegiate arena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started in 1983 and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been coaching ever since,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. Following a two-year stretch coaching at the University of Michigan, Raschilla came to Alabama and in his years in Tuscaloosa with the Crimson Tide, Raschilla has accumulated masses of great memories, but for him, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the championships, the honors and the victories that stick with him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a coach, I think some of my greatest memories come from those moments that no one else sees,â&#x20AC;? Raschilla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s those moments in the gym when someone is having a hard time, but they push through anyway. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakthroughs in practice, and all the hard work along the way that sets up the championship moments. Those are some of my best memories.â&#x20AC;?

BRYAN RASCHILLA CAREER CAPSULE Family: Wife â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Laura Son â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adam Daughter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kathryn Hometown: Mineral Ridge, Ohio Education: Youngstown State University (Ohio), 1989 Major: Graphic Design Record at Alabama/Years: 170-44-1/16 The Crimson Tide with Raschilla â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 NCAA Team Championships - 2002, 2011, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 SEC Team Championships - 2000, 2003, 2009, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 14 NCAA Regional Team Championships - 1998-2003, 2005-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 12 individual NCAA championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5 SEC Postgraduate Scholarships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 38 athletes with 169 All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 149 Scholastic All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 SEC Athletes of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2 SEC Scholar Athletes of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 186 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 40 individual SEC Championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 51 All-SEC honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Awards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 NCAA Region Gymnast of the Year honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6 SEC Gymnast of the Year Honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Freshman of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC single-meet attendance record (15,162 vs. Florida; 1/20/06) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC single-season attendance record (13,786 per meet; 2010)

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 <RX¡GEHKDUGSUHVVHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDQ\RQHZLWKPRUHRI DORYHIRU&ULPVRQ7LGHJ\PQDVWLFVDQG everything it stands for than Dana Duckworth. That love and appreciation began on her recruiting trip to the University of Alabama in 1989, and carries on to today.  ´,WRRNUHFUXLWLQJWULSVWRWKHWRSĂ&#x20AC;YHVFKRROV²VFKRROVWKDWDUHVWLOOLQWKHWRSĂ&#x20AC;YHWRGD\²DQG I felt something here,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt a connection with the coaches and with the team, a FKHPLVWU\WKDW,NQHZHYHQWKHQWKDW,ZRXOGQRWĂ&#x20AC;QGDWDGLIIHUHQWVFKRRO,ZHQWRQIRXURWKHU WULSVDQGWKH\MXVWVROLGLĂ&#x20AC;HGZKDW,IHOWKHUHDW$ODEDPD,ORYHRXUHQYLURQPHQW,ORYHRXUFXOWXUH, love our tradition and I love the fact that when you go out as an Alabama gymnast you represent all those things.â&#x20AC;?  $QGLWZDVWKRVHVDPHHOHPHQWVWKDWPDGHKHUGHFLVLRQWROHDYHDOXFUDWLYHFDUHHUZLWK3Ă&#x20AC;]HU Pharmaceuticals to join the Alabama coaching staff on a full-time basis in the fall of 2008 after nine years as a volunteer coach with the Crimson Tide such an easy one.  ´,UHDOO\HQMR\HGZKDW,ZDVGRLQJDW3Ă&#x20AC;]HUDQGLW¡VDWUHPHQGRXVFRPSDQ\EXWP\KHDUWDQGP\ passion have always been here at the Capstone with our program,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like this was an opportunity for me to do what I love and everyone I have ever talked to has said, if you love what you do, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never go to another day of work in your life.â&#x20AC;? It was an equally easy decision for Sarah and David Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no search, there was no thought of someone else,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very excited to have Danaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiasm, passion and love for our program in the gym on a full-time basis. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with someone we believe represents the epitome of everything we have strived to achieve in our program and to have her help shape and mold the next generation of Alabama gymnasts.â&#x20AC;? Duckworth has now seen a national team championship from both sides, having been a part of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 NCAA title as a sophomore and the 2012, 2011 and 2002 NCAA championships as a coach. She has also won conference titles as an athlete (1990) and a coach (2011, 2009 and 2003). As much as Duckworth appreciates the championship tradition she has been a part of for so long, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the overall atmosphere created by the people who live, work and go to school at Alabama that she truly appreciates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people at the University of Alabama make everything unique and special,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the fact that the University of Alabama is about tradition and culture. I tell people all the time that I feel like Tuscaloosa is the best-kept secret because we have it all here and everyone approaches things with a great deal of passion. It makes peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience very special.â&#x20AC;? In addition to her infectious enthusiasm for the Crimson Tide and her skills as a technical coach, Duckworth also brings her standing as one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier choreographers to the gym. Nothing could drive that point home quite like the success the athletes she has worked with have enjoyed.

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BUILT BY BAMA to come back to Alabama because Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business school is one of the best in the country and I loved the size of the campus, I loved the MBA program and more than all that, it was a chance to come back to a place I consider home.â&#x20AC;? After graduating with her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree, she moved up the corporate ladder quickly at $0;&RUSRUDWLRQDKLJKWHFKĂ&#x20AC;UPRXWRI 'DOODV 6KHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHUWHQXUHWKHUHDVPDQDJHURI WKH companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training programs. After receiving her Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree, she served as Director of Marketing of a Trussville-based automotive company followed by a stint as Vice President of Corporate Solutions for a Birmingham company before returning to Tuscaloosa for a highly VXFFHVVIXOUXQZLWK3Ă&#x20AC;]HU Duckworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to Tuscaloosa also saw her start a family. She and her husband Joe, a Tuscaloosa native and partner in DuckworthMorris Real Estate and owner of Crimson Smokers catering, married in 2000. The couple has a daughter, Camryn, born in 2004 and a son, Jace, born in 2006.

The Duckworths â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jace, Joe, Camryn and Dana When Geralen Stack-Eaton won the 2011 1&$$Ă RRUH[HUFLVHFKDPSLRQVKLSWRFDSRII  an extraordinary junior season, it marked the Ă&#x20AC;IWKWLPHWKDWD'XFNZRUWKFKRUHRJUDSKHG URXWLQHZRQWKH1&$$Ă RRUWLWOHLQFOXGLQJRQH each by Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Morgan Dennis and Ashley Miles plus a pair by North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Courtney Bumpers. During her storied Tide career, Miles HDUQHGIRXUWRSWKUHHQDWLRQDOĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVRQWKH Ă RRULQFOXGLQJWKH1&$$Ă RRUH[HUFLVH championship. Duckworth also helped Miles win four consecutive Southeastern Conference and 1&$$5HJLRQDOĂ RRUH[HUFLVHWLWOHV0LOHVLVWKH Ă&#x20AC;UVWJ\PQDVWLQ6(&KLVWRU\WRZLQWKHVDPH event all four years of her career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a wonderful experience to be able to help these athletes bring out their personality and perform routines that shine,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. For the Pattersons, Duckworth brings more than simply coaching and choreography skills to the gym. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dana is a great role model for our ladies,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She enjoyed tremendous success in all aspects of her Alabama career, in the gym and in the classroom. Her experience is an invaluable resource to our ladies.â&#x20AC;? The Michigan native has also made an impact on the Tuscaloosa community, carrying

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on the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of community service as cofounder of ReadBAMARead, a charity dedicated to restocking three elementary school libraries that were destroyed in the tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa in April 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to accomplish through ReadBAMARead,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea of giving back to the community is one of the bedrocks of our program and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of the reasons Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud to be a part of Alabama gymnastics.â&#x20AC;? Duckworth earned eight All-America DFFRODGHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHUFDUHHULQE\ winning her second consecutive NCAA balance beam title with a perfect 10.0. She was named NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Alabama in 1993. As a student, Duckworth was a three-year Scholastic All-American and a two-time CoSIDA at-large Academic All-American, an award that spans several sports. She was inducted into Mortar Board as an undergraduate and earned both an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship, utilizing them to attend graduate school at Alabama and obtain her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of business administration in 1998. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could have gone anywhere in the country to get my MBA,â&#x20AC;? Duckworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I chose

DANA DUCKWORTH CAREER CAPSULE Family: Husband â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joe Daughter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Camryn Son â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jace Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich. Education: University of Alabama Telecommunications & Film, 1993 Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Business Administration, 1998 The Tide with Duckworth As a Coach Record at Alabama/Years: 134-36-0/13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 NCAA Team Championships - 2002, 2011, 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3 SEC Team Championships - 2003, 2009, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 12 NCAA Regional Team Championships - 1998-99, 2002-03, 2005-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 11 individual NCAA Championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 146 All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 126 Scholastic All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 154 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 34 individual SEC Championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 45 All-SEC honors As an Athlete Record at Alabama/Years: 48-7-0/4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1 NCAA Team Championship - 1991 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1 SEC Team Championship - 1990 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4 NCAA Regional Team Championships - 1990-93 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2 NCAA Balance Beam Championships - 1992, 1993 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8 All-America honors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Postgraduate Scholarship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; NCAA Woman of the Year - State Honoree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Academic Honor Roll â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SEC Champion and All-SEC honoree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Regional Champion

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HEALTH AND WELLNESS STAFF  'UIDEDBYTHESAMEPASSIONSHESHOWCASESWHILEASSEMBLINGAGREATTEAMONTHEmOOREVERYSEASON 3ARAH0ATTERSONWORKSJUSTASHARDTOMAKESURESHEHASTHEPERFECTSTAFFHELPINGMAINTAINTHEHEALTHANDWELLNESSOFHERSTUDENT athletes. To that end, in conjunction with the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team physicians, the trio of Monica Decker, Amy Bragg and Travis Illian, along with their respective staffs, work tirelessly to keep the Crimson Tide in top physical condition.

MONICA DECKER: ATHLETIC TRAINER ER There is nothing more important to Sarah Patterson atterson than the health etic trainer Monica Decker, and welfare of her gymnasts, which is why athletic in her 13th year as a member of the gymnastics program, is such an important part of Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff. UDLQHUVWKDW,KDYH ´0RQLFDLVE\IDURQHRI WKHĂ&#x20AC;QHVWDWKOHWLFWUDLQHUVWKDW,KDYH h the staff and the worked with,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her rapport with habilitation is athletes is exceptional and her knowledge of rehabilitation e-level athletes. I outstanding. She has a gift for working with elite-level hletic training, think anyone can know the nuts and bolts of athletic ork with but I think it takes someone who is gifted to work elite-level athletes.â&#x20AC;? A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Decker earned her Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State in 2000. She re from Alabama earned a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Sports Medicine Health Care od and Nutrition. in 2002 and is pursuing a second Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Food UDLQHURQWKH7LGH ,QDGGLWLRQWRVHUYLQJDVDFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDWKOHWLFWUDLQHURQWKH7LGH amaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic training staff, Decker is also a clinical instructor in Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undergraduate program. ly in the preseason, is Much of Deckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day-to-day work, especially oblems before they get spent on preventative measures, helping stop problems started. During the season, most of her time is spent helping the athletes PDLQWDLQWKHLUKHDOWKDQGĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVOHYHOV ob,â&#x20AC;? Decker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To â&#x20AC;&#x153;Positive reinforcement is a big part of the job,â&#x20AC;? m know that they are be there everyday, encouraging them, letting them making progress and keeping them positive.â&#x20AC;? bilitation process to help the Decker is ever-present throughout the rehabilitation afely as possible. Decker worked gymnasts return to peak health as quickly and safely elping her come back from a extensively with 2002 senior AndreĂŠ Pickens, helping at included orthopedic surgeon torn Achilles tendon. She was part of a team that nly come back in record time Dr. James Andrews, who helped Pickens not only nship in 2002. For her efforts but lead Alabama to its fourth NCAA championship tton Memorial Award, presented that season, Decker was awarded the David Dutton to individuals who go above and beyond the calll of duty for the Alabama gymnastics program. In addition to her other duties, Decker also tries to teach her charges the he life beyond their career. importance of carrying on healthy habits into the out taking care of themselves, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that I can teach them all enough about that when they go out into the world they enjoyy healthy and successful lives,â&#x20AC;? ymnastics family, I look Decker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And being part of the Alabama gymnastics er the years.â&#x20AC;? forward to watching them grow and mature over istian. Decker has a daughter Ayana and a son Christian.

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TRAVIS ILLIAN: STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH To maintain its status as one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite teams, Alabamaa deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnasts must stay in top form. Enter Travis Illian, the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength and conditioning coach. ng â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travis is a real asset to our team,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working at with the coaches and our ladies, he has come up with a program that focuses on creating the kind of strength and conditioning that is VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWRJ\PQDVWLFV+LVNQRZOHGJHHQWKXVLDVPDQGGHGLFDWLRQ are invaluable to our ladies.â&#x20AC;? Leaner, faster and stronger. That is the aim of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength and conditioning program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The strength and conditioning program is built around each athlete,â&#x20AC;? Illian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to help each athlete maximize her potential while minimizing the chance for injury. To meet this goal, I work hand-in-hand with the coaches, athletic trainer and sports nutritionist to provide the best strategies for each gymnast. We work to balance the need for strength, power, Ă H[LELOLW\ZRUNFDSDFLW\DQGSURSHUQXWULWLRQÂľ For his efforts during the 2009 season, Illian was presented with the David Dutton Memorial Award, presented to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the Alabama gymnastics program. ly In his sixth year with the gymnastics program, Illian works closely with the coaches to modify the Tide program to make sure it best meets ove the needs of each individual gymnast. Illian works tirelessly to improve DQGHQKDQFHHDFKJ\PQDVWV¡Ă H[LELOLW\DVZHOODVWKHLUSK\VLFDODQG XW DHURELFVWUHQJWK(DFKJ\PQDVWLVJLYHQDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FLQGLYLGXDOZRUNRXW WKDWĂ&#x20AC;WVWKHLUQHHGV HWHV ,OOLDQ¡VMRELVQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGZKHQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWFRPSHWHV adâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the NCAA Championships. Instead, he is busy preparing the squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nding summer conditioning. The gymnasts get four to six weeks off depending on individual needs. Then it is back to maintaining the strength theyy worked so hard to develop over the past year. Illian earned his doctorate in human performance from Alabamaa in ma 2011. He also earned a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in human performance from Alabama ith a in 2003, after graduating from Texas Lutheran University in 2002 with bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in kinesiology. Illian is married to the former Karen Rademeyer and the couple has two daughters, Isabel and Abigail.

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Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director of Performance Nutrition Amy Bragg chats with junior All-American Kim Jacob.

AMY BRAGG: DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE NUTRITION If there is any doubt the impact that Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of performance nutrition Amy Bragg had RQWKHJ\PQDVWLFVSURJUDPRYHUKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZR\HDUV at the Capstone, head coach Sarah Patterson is quick to dispel them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next to coach Nick Saban, Amy Bragg KDVEHHQWKHVLQJOHPRVWLQĂ XHQWLDOKLUHIRURXU athletes in recent memory,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. Considering that Saban brought Alabama national championships in both 2009 and 2011 DQGLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQIRRWEDOOVLQFH3DWWHUVRQ¡V praise of the Pittsburg, Texas native carries a lot of weight. For Bragg, the opportunity to work with championship-caliber programs like gymnastics and football was one of the things that drew her to Alabama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with Sarah and the gymnastics team has been great,â&#x20AC;? Bragg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is absolutely one of the reasons that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here.â&#x20AC;?

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Bragg provides nutrition coaching for Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student-athletes as well as managing training table, pregame and travel meals. She also works closely with the coaching, strength and conditioning and sports medicine staffs to maximize the student-athletesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health and performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With gymnastics we want to integrate with sports medicine and strength and conditioning and take an educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role and a coaching role with the girls,â&#x20AC;? Bragg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work with them on their overall nutrition and then work with the team more in an operations capacity, helping plan meals on the road and nutrition in the locker room and for recovery on a team-wide basis.â&#x20AC;? Braggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duties are broad-based, but her focus LVVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FWRHDFKSURJUDP:LWKJ\PQDVWVKHU planning and insight has been very effective. ´)RUJ\PQDVWVZHZDQWSUHFLVHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW fueling,â&#x20AC;? Bragg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the appropriate amount of protein. We want good weight

management through the season. We want our DWKOHWHVWRZDONRXWDQGIHHOFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQW:H want maintenance of that muscle and body that we create in the offseason, so that power is maintained through the season.â&#x20AC;? A registered and licensed dietician who is also a ERDUGFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGVSHFLDOLVWLQVSRUWVGLHWHWLFV%UDJJ came to Tuscaloosa after six years as director of performance nutrition for Texas A&M Athletics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worked with a gymnastics team before I came here, so I really tried to spend time and learn about their season, cycle of training, what they go through and what their expectations are, and really how to match with precision what they need nutritionally,â&#x20AC;? Bragg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to work with athletes who are so driven. The demand gymnastics puts on their bodies, their strength is amazing and then what they bring as far as trying to be the best they can academically as students, as members of the community. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very inspirational.â&#x20AC;?

That admiration is a two-way street. Braggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addition to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and wellness team has made an already great program even better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so knowledgeable and helps educate our ladies in areas of how you can be a great student-athlete,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Amy in conjunction with Travis Illian, our strength coach, and Monica Decker, our athletic trainer, along with the knowledge our coaches bring to the table, gives us a huge advantage in keeping our studentDWKOHWHVKHDOWK\DQGVWURQJ$P\KDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ taken it to a different level. It allows us as coaches to focus on other aspects that will help us be great.â&#x20AC;? A recognized leader in collegiate sports nutrition, Bragg has presented at numerous professional conferences and has written for or been quoted by 7KH1HZ<RUN7LPHVand The Wall Street Journal as well as magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Training and Conditioning, Athletic Business and The NCAA News. Bragg is a founder and the current president of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, plus Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Behavioral Nutrition (BN) and Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE). As accomplished a speaker as she is, Bragg uses a more hands-on approach in working with her athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we would be very successful if we were just lecturing student-athletes every day,â&#x20AC;? Bragg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really try to customize the nutritional message to each person, because gymnastics and many other sports are all about precision. We want to get the appropriate amount of carbohydrates. We want protein that helps athletes make muscle and be strong and powerful. We want to manage weight through different periods of training when the expenditure is higher and then when we move into the competitive season.â&#x20AC;? Bragg earned a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of business administration from the University of Texas in 1995 and a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of science in human nutrition and foods from the University of Houston in 2000. Bragg and her husband Bobby have a daughter Becca and a son Beau.

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Dr. Jimmy Robinson

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When Dr. Jimmy Robinson discusses his work with the Alabama Crimson Tide, you can hear the excitement in his voice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was doing my residency, I got bit by the sports medicine bug,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more I worked with the teams, the more I wanted to do this kind of medicine.â&#x20AC;? One of Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rotations during his Family Practice Residency in Tuscaloosa was with Alabama team physician Dr. Bill DeShazo. Not only did Robinson work the required hours of his rotation, but he found himself hanging around and helping out even when he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on duty. As a matter of fact, Robinson traveled with the gymnastics team WR6DOW/DNH&LW\LQDQGZDVRQKDQGIRUWKH7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWHYHU NCAA championship. Robinson and that team are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a blast,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was still in training and just getting interested in sports medicine. So to be out there with the J\PQDVWVZKHQWKH\ZRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFKDPSLRQVKLS$ODEDPD¡VHYHUKDG RXWVLGHRI IRRWEDOOLWZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DQH[FLWLQJPRPHQWÂľ After completing a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Robinson received a call from Sang Lyda, the athletic trainer in charge of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic Sports. Dr. DeShazo was retiring and Lyda wanted to know if Robinson would be interested in taking over as the team physician for the Olympic Sports programs. It was an opportunity Robinson jumped at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came back and opened a practice in August of 1989 and have been with the University ever since,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. As Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice began to grow, he began to look for someone to join him. With high standards, his search took quite a while. Robinson had been practicing seven years when he asked

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&UDLJ%XHWWQHUWRMRLQKLPDQGDQRWKHUĂ&#x20AC;YHDIWHUWKDWZKHQ-HII  Laubenthal was asked to join the practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both Craig and Jeff were handpicked,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both have the right kind of personalities and are smart as can be to boot. :KHQ,LGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKHPWKURXJKWKHUHVLGHQF\SURJUDPDQGWKH\ caught the sports medicine bug, we tried to set them on the path that would bring them back here. Both men are big Alabama fans, so working with the athletics department was a big incentive.â&#x20AC;? Laubenthal in particular is very familiar with the Alabama athletics department. Not only is he a former standout baseball player for the Tide, but he is married to former All-American gymnast Katherine Kelleher. Now the three men serve as the primary physicians for the Crimson Tide. Robinson and his colleagues are involved in all levels RI DQDWKOHWH¡VKHDOWKFDUHIURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSK\VLFDORI WKH\HDUEHIRUH an athlete can even start practice, to an exit physical at the end of an athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career, and everything in between. The hours involved are long to say the least, but for Robinson and his cohorts the effort is worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fan and the opportunity to work with the department is better than a paycheck,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, the biggest thrill is when I get to work with an athlete and maybe something I do helps them be as good an athlete as they can be. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like feeling that in some small way, I made a positive difference in an individual or teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance.â&#x20AC;? Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise in sports medicine has reached international acclaim. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he was one of eight team physicians for the U.S. Olympic squad. He served in the same capacity at the 1998 Goodwill Games and 1999 Pan Am Games.

In addition to the attention of Robinson, Buettner and Laubenthal, Alabama has several specialists on call including former Alabama quarterback Dr. Les Fowler who serves as the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orthopedist. Alabama athletes can also count on Dr. James Andrews who serves on the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical staff as a consultant. Andrews is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost orthopedic surgeons, internationally known DQGUHFRJQL]HGIRUKLVVFLHQWLĂ&#x20AC;FDQGFOLQLFDOUHVHDUFKFRQWULEXWLRQV in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries and his skill as an orthopedic surgeon. Many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding athletes seek his expertise in sports injuries. His work with AndreĂŠ Pickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ruptured Achillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tendon allowed her to not only compete her senior year but compete at a higher level than before the injury. Pickens led Alabama to the 2002 NCAA championship and captured the NCAA uneven bars crown that same year. In the fall of 2006, Andrews and Dr. Lyle Cain, another Alabama team physician, removed bone chips from both of Terin Humphreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elbows, allowing her greater range of motion than she had in many years. Their expertise had Humphrey back in the lineup for the start of the season, and winning her second NCAA uneven bars championship by April of 2007.

ATHLETIC TRAINING STAFF

 .HHSLQJ&ULPVRQ7LGHJ\PQDVWVĂ&#x20AC;QHWXQHGLVWKH1RMRE of the University of Alabama trainers. Their â&#x20AC;&#x153;body shopâ&#x20AC;? is the state-of-the-art training room located in Coleman Coliseum, and their tools consist of hot and cold whirlpools, electrical stimulation and ultrasound machines, tape and pre-wrap and QDA spray, and a brain full of knowledge needed to make sure each gymnast performs to her full potential. The Tide gymnasts also have a full training

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The Alabama Gymnastics Team Suite includes a training room, equipped with the latest equipment, which allows the Crimson Tide gymnasts to receive treatment and individual attention without leaving their team area.

room within its team suite, that includes all the amenities necessary to keep everyone in top shape. In the summer of 2012, Alabama upgraded its gymnastics training room to include full-sized hot and cold tubs. There is also a massage therapy room within the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suite. In addition to the areas within Coleman Coliseum, there is also an extensive training facility in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility. Jeff Allen serves as the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director of Sports Medicine as well as being the Head Football Trainer. Rodney Brown is the Director of Rehabilitation Services. Amy Bragg, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director of Performance Nutrition, in her second year with the Crimson Tide, works with all UA teams. The Coleman Coliseum training room is staffed by seven full-time athletic trainers, including Sherry Kimbro (soccer and rowing), John Morr (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf), Joe Hoffer (baseball and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis), Bernard Burroughs, (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track DQGĂ&#x20AC;HOG 0RQLFD'HFNHU J\PQDVWLFVDQGPHQ¡VDQGZRPHQ¡VVZLPPLQJDQGGLYLQJ (ULQ:HDYHU (softball) and Jeri Zemke (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball). Assisting Allen with football are athletic trainers Ginger Gilmore and Jeremy Gsell as well as graduate assistants Ryan Vicknair and Sean Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Conner. The Coliseum staff also consists of seven graduate assistant athletic trainers: Matt Doell (swimming and diving), Aaron Doss (swimming and diving), Kayleigh Zavadil (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WHQQLV 7LQD0H\HU ZRPHQ¡VWUDFNDQGĂ&#x20AC;HOG .DWLH2¡)ODKHUW\ URZLQJ %URRNH+DYHQV URZLQJ  Danielle Davis (volleyball) and Lisa Basarab (spirit teams). Athletic trainers can spend an average of 10 to 12 hours a day on the job depending on what point of the season the team is in. Alabama ensures the safety of its athletes by assigning at least one athletic trainer to each team to cover home and away events, conditioning, practice and travel.

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One of the upgrades to the Alabama Gymnastics Team Suite during the renovations that took place during the summer of 2012 was the addition of full-sized hot and cold tubs, an invaluable resource in keeping Crimson Tide gymnasts healthy.

The Alabama Gymnastics Team Suite also includes a massage therapy room.

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS SUPPORT STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

MANAGERS

For every minute that Alabama gymnastics shines in the white-hot spotlight of national success, there are thousands of behind-the-scene details that make it possible. For the Crimson Tide, there are two women charged with handling those details and keeping everything running smoothly. Rita Martin, the gymnastics operations director, and Robin Kelley, the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative assistant, work hard every day to keep the Alabama gymnastics world shining bright and running like a well-oiled machine.

From the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blake Sellers, Stephen Buckner, Elizabeth Plant and Anderson Lovelace

Rita Martin

Robin Kelley

Director of Gymnastics Operations

Administrative Assistant

As director of gymnastics operations, Rita Martin is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, from daily paperwork to being the meet director for home events to coordinating the pre-meet light show that accompanies the gymnastsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entrance into Coleman Coliseum and everything in between. The New Jersey native has been a part of the athletics department for more than 25 years and the University for more than 30. When Sarah Patterson added Associate Athletics Director to her list of duties in 1985, Martin became her assistant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rita is so great at keeping everything together,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She allows us to be our best EHFDXVHVKHKDQGOHVDOOWKHĂ&#x20AC;QHSRLQWVVRZHOOÂľ Martin and her husband Buddy have a daughter Kelly, who is a University of Alabama undergraduate, and two sons, Paul and Brett, both of whom are UA graduates.

Robin Kelley is in her 11th year as an administrative assistant with the gymnastics program, though she has been a part of the athletics department for the past 13 years. The Northport, Ala., native performs a wide variety of duties, including keeping up with the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s correspondence and recruiting efforts. She also travels with the Tide, taking care of the details on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin does so many things for us,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is invaluable on the road, taking care of all the arrangements, from where we stay to where we eat and how we get from here to there.â&#x20AC;? Kelley and her husband Jay have two sons, Tanner, who is a freshman at the University of Alabama, and Jesse.

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With jobs that vary on a moment-tomoment basis, the Alabama gymnastics teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crew of managers are vital to the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Stephen Buckner, now in his third year with the gymnastics program, is the veteran of the staff while Anderson Lovelace, Elizabeth Plant and Blake Sellers are all in WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDU  $OOIRXUKDYHVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FGXWLHVWKDWNHHS them busy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; making sure each gymnast has the right apparel, videotaping routines and LQGLYLGXDOVNLOOVSOD\LQJĂ RRUH[HUFLVHPXVLF or moving the mats and springboards into position during practice and at meets. The main job description is simply helping the team run smoothly. Plant, who is charged with a variety of in-gym duties during practice and meets, also keeps up with the gymnastsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; apparel and equipment. A junior majoring in public relations, Plant is a Tuscaloosa native. A graduate of American Christian Academy, she is the daughter of Tim and Vickey Plant.

Buckner, Lovelace and Sellers are charged with setting up equipment for practice each day and helping put things in the proper place during practice and meets. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Buckner joined the manager staff in the fall of 2010 and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in exercise physiology after already obtaining his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees in exercise physiology from Alabama. He is also an instructor in UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Kinesiology. A graduate of Scottsdale Christian Academy, Buckner is married to Alicia Crossen Buckner. Lovelace is a native of Orlando, Fla., and a graduate of William R. Boone High School. $VHQLRUZLWKDGRXEOHPDMRULQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFH and mathematics, he is the son of Gary and Lucinda Lovelace. Sellers is a native of Tuscaloosa and a graduate of Tuscaloosa Academy. A freshman majoring in business, he is the son of Bruce and Sherri Sellers.

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Justin BRANT

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Kent GIDLEY

Tony GILES

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Assistant Ticket Manager

TideTV Producer

Director of Athletic Photography

Public Address Announcer

Coleman Coliseum Manager

Rand HARRIS

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HOLLINGSWORTH HUFFMAN

Josh KIDD

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Jason NANCE

Director of Information Technology

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Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions

Assistant Director of Information Technology

LifeSkills and Community Outreach Director

Athletic Equipment Manager

Tom ROBERTS

Jamaal WALTON

Ashley WATERS

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Director of Marketing and Promotions

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THE 2013 ALABAMA GYMNASTICS TEAM: BUILT BY SWAT For Crimson Tide coaches Sarah and David Patterson, now in their 35th season at the Capstone, as well as assistant coaches Bryan Raschilla and Dana Duckworth, the process of building a team is the same no matter its makeup. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re returning a majority of our routines from a championship team as we did last season, or if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be counting on half our routines coming from the freshman class as we have at different times, the dynamic is always different,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year you start fresh, every year itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new team, with different chemistry and personality. So we work on that from day one, coming together and discovering that teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity.â&#x20AC;?  (DFKIDOOWKHWHDPFRQYHQHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGVLWVIRFXVDVDJURXSD process that often includes coming up with a slogan or touchstone

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for the year. The 2013 team decided to build off the concept that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stronger We Are Together,â&#x20AC;? or SWAT. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The closeness and camaraderie that you build early on is so important,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is what is going to help you get through the tough times in the season, through the ups and downs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to help you down the road.â&#x20AC;?

The Veterans

For the second year in a row, the Alabama gymnastics team goes into the season having lost just four routines from its NCAA championship lineup due to graduation. Just like the year before, those four routines were crucial to the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success and

will be tough to replace. Going into the 2012 season, Alabama had to replace Honda Award winner Kayla Hoffman, and in 2013 Alabama has to replace two-time individual NCAA champion and 12-time AllAmerican Geralen Stack-Eaton. Despite that loss, Alabama has its most experienced team in recent memory, one that includes 15 veterans and only two freshmen. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veteran core got a big boost following the 2012 NCAA Championships when eight-time All-American Ashley Priess, who sat out her junior year following surgery on both ankles, decided to UHWXUQIRUDĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDU7KH,OOLQRLVQDWLYHZHQWDOODURXQGIRUWKH7LGH throughout the second half of the 2012 season and punctuated her comeback by clinching Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second NCAA championship in a row with a 9.95 on the balance beam.

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BUILT BY BAMA  3ULHVVRQO\WKHVHFRQGĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDUVHQLRULQSURJUDPKLVWRU\LVMRLQHGLQ the senior class by three-time All-American Marissa Gutierrez, two-time AllAmerican Ashley Sledge and Becca Alexin. Gutierrez and Sledge were mainstays RI WKH7LGH¡VYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHOLQHXSVZLWK6OHGJHDOVRVKLQLQJRQ the uneven bars, the same event where Alexin has made her mark over the past two seasons. Gutierrez matched her career high of 9.95 on the vault at the 2012 national championships while Sledge scored a career-best 9.975 on the vault to open the 2012 season. The junior class is comprised of four-time All-American Kim Jacob, threetime All-American Diandra Milliner, two-time All-American Sarah DeMeo, Olivia Carisella, Ria Domier and Lindsey Fowler.  -DFREFRPSHWHGRQDOOIRXUHYHQWVGXULQJKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZR\HDUVDQGJDYH the Tide a stellar leadoff on the balance beam throughout the season, Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJWKLQJVRII E\VFRULQJPDWFKLQJVRQERWKQLJKWVRI WKHQDWLRQDO championships. Milliner, who also competed on all four events in 2012, scored a perfect 10 on the vault in the second meet of the regular season and then capped things off as the NCAA runner-up on the vault. DeMeo, who competed on both the beam and uneven bars week-in and week-out, scored a season-high RI RQWKHEDODQFHEHDPGXULQJWKHVHDVRQDQGZDVRQHRI Ă&#x20AC;YH$ODEDPD gymnasts to score a 9.9 or better at the national championships. The sophomore class features All-American Kayla Williams, Kaitlyn Clark, Hunter Dennis, Lora Leigh Frost and Brooke Parker. Williams came into her own toward the end of her rookie year. A part of the vault lineup throughout the season, she joined the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balance beam lineup with the last meet of the regular season and scored 9.9 on both nights of the national championships. She also scored a season-high 9.9 on the vault at the national championships. Clark was part of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vault and uneven bars throughout the year, posting season-best scores of 9.9 on both events during WKHUHJXODUVHDVRQ)URVWZDVSDUWRI WKH7LGH¡VĂ RRUOLQHXSWKURXJKRXWWKH regular season, scoring a season high of 9.9.

The Rookies

As for the newcomers, after several years of large freshman classes, the Tide has only two rookies for 2013. Lauren Beers and Carley Sims make up Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smallest incoming class since 2000. Both women are looking to make an immediate impact on the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 lineup.

Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home slate is particularly impressive, starting off with LSU RQ)ULGD\-DQDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRXWZLWKQDWLRQDOSRZHUKRXVHV8&/$DQG Oklahoma on March 1 and March 15, respectively. In between those meets, Alabama will host its ninth annual Power of Pink meet on Jan. 25 when Kentucky comes to town. The UK meet will also be the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Alumni Night, during which the 1988 team will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its NCAA and SEC Championships while the 2003 SEC Championship team will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Alabama will also face in-state rival Auburn on February 15 in a critical midseason clash in Coleman Coliseum. The road will be just as challenging if not more so with trips to Florida, Arkansas and Georgia as well as the season opener against newly minted SEC member Missouri. The Tide will also face off against the LSU Tigers for the second time during the 2013 season in Baton Rouge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time you go into a season as the defending champion, everyone on your schedule circles that meet in red,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re facing the most competitive schedule we have assembled in several years. The ultimate goal is to SUHSDUHRXUODGLHVWREHRQWKHĂ RRUWKHODVWQLJKWRI WKHVHDVRQZLWKDFKDQFH to win a championship. We want to be the best and to do that you have to compete against the best week in and week out.â&#x20AC;? The postseason begins Saturday, March 23, with the SEC Championships in Little Rock, Ark., while Alabama will host the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 6. The NCAA Championships return to Los Angeles and 3DXOH\3DYLOLRQIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHVLQFH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always great for our ladies and our fans when we can host a championship,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coleman Coliseum is one of the best environments in collegiate athletics and that rises to an entirely different level during a championship.â&#x20AC;?

Building to the End

By its very nature, collegiate athletics is about change. Seniors graduate and freshmen join the process. A teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chemistry changes year to year, its lineup can change meet to meet, but at Alabama the goal is always the same, and that is the secret to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenal success over the years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will strive for excellence in everything we do every day,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. ´$QGRQWKHODVWQLJKWRI WKHVHDVRQZHZDQWWREHRQWKHĂ RRUDWWKHQDWLRQDO championships, with a chance to win.â&#x20AC;?

The Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Schedule

The Schedule

A veteran group will certainly be an asset as the Tide moves through a very challenging regular season slate that includes six teams that advanced to last \HDU¡V1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QDOVLWHLQFOXGLQJUXQQHUXS)ORULGDDQGWKLUG SODFH8&/$DORQJZLWK$UNDQVDVDQG2NODKRPDZKLFKĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVL[WKDQG VHYHQWKUHVSHFWLYHO\2YHUDOOHYHU\WHDPRQWKH7LGH¡VVFKHGXOHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQWKH top-25 in 2012. <<< The 2013 Alabama gymnastics team, bottom row, from the left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Olivia Carisella, Lindsey Fowler, Lora Leigh Frost, Ria Domier. Middle row â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brooke Parker, Lauren Beers, Diandra Milliner, Kim Jacob, Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Sledge, Kaitlyn Clark, Sarah DeMeo. Top row â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Becca Alexin, Kayla Williams, Carley Sims, Ashley Priess, Hunter Dennis.

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DATE Fri., Jan. 11 Fri., Jan. 18 Fri., Jan. 25 Sat., Feb. 2 Fri., Feb. 8 Fri., Feb. 15 Fri., Feb. 22 Fri., March 1 Fri., March 8 Fri., March 15 Sat., March 23 Sat., April 6 April 19-21

OPPONENT / EVENT Missouri LSU Kentucky (Power of Pink) Georgia Florida Auburn Arkansas UCLA LSU Oklahoma SEC Championships NCAA Regional Championships NCAA Championships

LOCATION Columbia, Mo. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Athens, Ga. Gainesville, Fla. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fayetteville, Ark. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Baton Rouge, La. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Little Rock, Ark. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Los Angeles, Calif.

TIME 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA

The Details Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDLVWKHGHIHQGLQJ1&$$DQG NCAA Regional Champions Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; 7KHUHDUHJ\PQDVWVRQWKLV\HDU¡V roster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 seniors (LQFOXGLQJĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDUVHQLRU Ashley Priess), 6 juniors, 5 sophomores and 2 freshmen â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which ties the 2012 team for the second largest squad in school history Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; (LJKW$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWVHDUQHG All-America honors last season and seven are back this season: Seniors Ashley Priess, Marissa Gutierrez and Ashley Sledge, juniors Kim Jacob, Sarah DeMeo and Diandra Milliner and sophomore Kayla Williams Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDUHWXUQVRI LWVURXWLQHV from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA championship team Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; 7KHUHDUHIRXULQGLYLGXDO1&$$ Regional Champions on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DeMeo, Gutierrez, Priess and Sledge Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; 3ULHVVKDVDOVRZRQWZRLQGLYLGXDO6(& titles Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; 6DUDKDQG'DYLG3DWWHUVRQDUHLQWKHLU 35th season coaching the Crimson Tide Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $VVLVWDQWFRDFK%U\DQ5DVFKLOODLVLQKLV 17th season coaching at Alabama Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $VVLVWDQWFRDFK'DQD'REUDQVN\ Duckworth, is in her 18th season with the Tide, including four years as a gymnast, nine as a volunteer assistant FRDFKDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVDIXOOWLPHDVVLVWDQW coach Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; 7KH&ULPVRQ7LGHLVFRPLQJ off its 30th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, making it one of only two schools in the nation with an active streak of more than 13 national championship appearances in a row Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDLVRQHRI MXVWIRXUWHDPVWR win an NCAA championship, taking home the crown in 2012, 2011, 2002, 1996, 1991 and 1988 Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; $ODEDPDKDVDOVRZRQVHYHQ6(&WLWOHV including two of the past four, and an NCAA-best 27 regional championships

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2013 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GYMNASTICS ROSTER Name

Year

Exp. Ht.

Hometown

Club Team

Becca Alexin

Sr.

3L

5-5

Cordova, Tenn.

GymStars Gymnastics

Lauren Beers

Fr.

HS

5-4

Warren Center, Pa.

Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy Elite Gymnastics

Olivia Carisella

Jr.

2L

5-2

New Orleans, La.

Kaitlyn Clark

Soph.

1L

5-1

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Precision Gymnastics

Sarah DeMeo

Jr.

2L

5-0

Overland Park, Kan.

Eagle Gymnastics

Hunter Dennis

Soph.

1L

5-4

Westampton, N.J.

Will-Moor School of Gymnastics

Ria Domier

Jr.

2L

5-1

Davis, Calif.

Davis Diamonds Gymnastics

Lindsey Fowler

Jr.

2L

5-4

Birmingham, Ala.

JamJev Gymnastics

Lora Leigh Frost

Soph.

1L

5-2

Decatur, Ala.

Calvin Twisters

Marissa Gutierrez

Sr.

3L

5-2

Houston, Texas

WGA Texans

Kim Jacob

Jr.

2L

5-2

Raleigh, N.C.

Superior Gymnastics

Diandra Milliner

Jr.

2L

5-3

Wichita, Kan.

Folger’s Gymnastics

Brooke Parker

Soph.

1L

5-0

Lorton, Va.

Capital Gymnastics

Ashley Priess

Sr.

RS-3L 5-3

Wheaton, Ill.

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy

Carley Sims

Fr.

HS

5-4

Birmingham, Ala.

JamJev Gymnastics

Ashley Sledge

Sr.

3L

5-3

Fairview Heights, Ill.

World Class Gymnastics

Kayla Williams

Soph.

1L

5-2

Huntington, W.Va.

Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy

HEAD COACH Sarah Patterson 35th Year

VOLUNTEER COACH David Patterson 35th Year

ASSISTANT COACH Bryan Raschilla 17th Year

ASSISTANT COACH Dana Duckworth 14th Year

Diandra Milliner _______________ Dee-ann-dra Ashley Priess _______________________ Preess Bryan Raschilla ________________ Rah-shill-uh

GYMNASTICS SUPPORT STAFF Director of Gymnastics Operations: _______________________________________________ Rita Martin Administrative Assistant: _______________________________________________________ Robin Kelley Assistant Athletic Trainer: ____________________________________________________ Monica Decker Managers: _________________________ Stephen Buckner, Anderson Lovelace, Elizabeth Plant, Blake Sellers Academic Advisor: ___________________________________________________________Fern Hampton Strength and Conditioning Coach: ________________________________________________ Travis Illian Director of Performance Nutrition: _______________________________________________ Amy Bragg Marketing and Promotions Director: ___________________________________________ Krista Huffman

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2012 — Beam* 2011 — Bars Marissa Gutierrez (3): 2012 — Vault, Floor* 2011 — Vault Kim Jacob (4): 2012 — Floor*, Bars* 2011 — All-Around, Beam Diandra Milliner (3): 2012 — Vault, Floor* 2011 — Bars* Ashley Priess (8): 2012 — Beam, Bars*, All-Around* 2010 — Beam 2009 — Bars, Beam, Floor*, All-Around* Ashley Sledge (2): 2012 — Bars* 2011 — Vault Kayla Williams (1): 2012 — Beam* * Denotes second team All-America honor

Returning Scholastic All-Americans (12)

Becca Alexin, Kaitlyn Clark, Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Lora Leigh Frost, Kim Jacob, Diandra Milliner, Brooke Parker, Ashley Priess, Ashley Sledge, Kayla Williams

Returning Regional Champions (4) Sarah DeMeo (1): Marissa Gutierrez (1): Ashley Priess (3): Ashley Sledge (1):

2012 — Beam 2012 — Floor 2010 — Beam 2009 — All-Around, Beam 2012 — Bars

Returning SEC Champion (1) Ashley Priess (2):

2010 — All-Around, Beam

Returning All-SEC (6) Sarah DeMeo

Marissa Gutierrez Kim Jacob Diandra Milliner Ashley Priess

Ashley Sledge

2011 — Second Team Freshman 2011 — Second Team 2011 — Second Team Freshman 2011 — Second Team Freshman 2012 — Second Team 2010 — First Team 2009 — Second Team Freshman 2011 — Second Team

Returning SEC Academic Honor Roll (14)

Becca Alexin, Olivia Carisella, Kaitlyn Clark, Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Lora Leigh Frost, Marissa Gutierrez, Kim Jacob, Diandra Milliner, Brooke Parker, Ashley Priess, Ashley Sledge, Kayla Williams

State-by-State

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Olivia Carisella _________________ Cara-selluh Sarah DeMeo _________________ Duh-may-oh Ria Domier ____________________ Doh-meyer

Returning All-Americans (7)

Alabama Lindsey Fowler Lora Leigh Frost Carley Sims California Kaitlyn Clark Ria Domier

Illinois Ashley Priess Ashley Sledge Kansas Sarah DeMeo Diandra Milliner

New Jersey Hunter Dennis

Texas Marissa Gutierrez

North Carolina Kim Jacob

Virginia Brooke Parker

Pennsylvania Lauren Beers

West Virginia Kayla Williams

Louisiana Olivia Carisella

Tennessee Becca Alexin

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Olivia Carisella Sarah DeMeo Ria Domier Lindsey Fowler Kim Jacob Diandra Milliner

Sophomores (5) Kaitlyn Clark Hunter Dennis Lora Leigh Frost Brooke Parker Kayla Williams

Class Breakdown Seniors (4) Becca Alexin Marissa Gutierrez Ashley Priess Ashley Sledge

Freshmen (2) Lauren Beers Carley Sims

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Becca ALEXIN

Senior | 3L | 5-5 | Bars, Beam, Floor Hometown: Cordova, Tenn. Major: General Health Studies High School: Faith Heritage Academy Club: GymStars ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Junior Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... competed in the uneven bars lineup seven times, posting a season-best 9.825 against Florida ... earned President’s List honors (4.0 grade-point average) for the spring semester. 2011 | Sophomore Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... competed in the uneven bars lineup 12 times, including the entire championship season ... scored a career-high 9.875 to take second on the uneven bars at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championships ... made her debut in Alabama’s competitive lineup with a 9.85 on the uneven bars against Boise State ... earned President’s List honors (4.0 grade-point average) for the fall semester. 2010 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... joined Alabama on Dec. 26, 2009, for the second semester ... a knee injury kept her from the Crimson Tide’s lineup ... earned Dean’s List honors (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Graduated early to join Alabama in January ... competed for Gymstars where she was coached by her parents Gene and Donna Alexin, who also coached former Tide All-American Lissy Smith DQG6(&)UHVKPDQRI WKH<HDU5RELQ+DZNLQVWKUHHWLPH723V1DWLRQDO4XDOLÀHUVHYHQ WLPH5HJLRQDO4XDOLÀHUWLPH5HJLRQDO0HGDOLVWHDUQHG$%KRQRUUROOWKURXJKRXWKHU high school career. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Jennifer Rebecca Rae Alexin ... daughter of Donna and Gene Alexin ... sisters, Billie, Shelly and Scarlett ... brother, Gene ... born December 20, 1991. ALEXIN’S TOP SCORE: Bars: 9.875

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Lauren BEERS

Freshman | HS | 5-4 | All-Around Hometown: Warren Center, Pa. Major: Exercise Science High School: Home Schooled Club: Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Daile Van Patten and Michael Morse at Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy in Endwell, N.Y. ... two-time 861DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH9,6$1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVZKHUH VKHZDVDOVRQLQWKRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQWKHWRSLQDOOIRXUHYHQWVDWWKH$PHULFDQ&ODVVLFWDNLQJ VL[WKLQWKHDOODURXQGĂ&#x20AC;YHWLPHFRPSHWLWRUDWWKH86-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJVHFRQGLQ the all-around in 2012 and fourth in 2008 ... carried a 4.0 grade-point average for her high school career. PERSONAL INFORMATION: )XOO1DPH/DXUHQ.%HHUVGDXJKWHURI 3DWULFLDDQG5LFN%HHUVKDVĂ&#x20AC;YHEURWKHUV²%UDQGRQ6DPXHO1RDK Nicolas and Andrew ... has one sister â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rachel ... born April 1, 1994.

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Olivia CARISELLA

Junior | 2L | 5-2 | All-Around Hometown: New Orleans, La. Major: Food and Nutrition High School: Baton Rouge Episcopal Club: Elite Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore Earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second year in a row. 2011 | Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Johnny Moyal and Jessica Connor at Elite Gymnastics ... prior to Hurricane Katrina, was coached by Larisa DQG$QDWRO\,YDQRYĂ&#x20AC;YHWLPH-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHYHQWKLQWKHDOODURXQG DQGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVWRRNQLQWKRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH DQGWKRQWKHYDXOWDWWKH-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLQWKHDOODURXQG5HJLRQ 8 all-around champion in 2006 and 2009 ... took second in the all-around at the 2008 Region 8 championships ... won WKHYDXOWXQHYHQEDUVDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH5HJLRQFKDPSLRQVKLSVJUDGXDWHGIURP%DWRQ5RXJH(SLVFRSDO School. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Olivia Dianne Carisella ... daughter of Dianne and Jim Carisella ... brother, the late Jay Carisella, ran track and cross country at Northeastern University ... born January 29, 1991.

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Kaitlyn CLARK

Sophomore | 1L | 5-1 | All-Around Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Major: Exercise Science High School: Ontario Christian Club: Precision Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... competed on the uneven bars in all 14 meets of the season ... scored a career-high 9.9 on the uneven bars at Oklahoma ... scored a career-high 9.9 on the vault against Arkansas ... earned Dean’s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Member of the United States National Team ... coached by Trent and Jill Spaulding at 3UHFLVLRQ*\PQDVWLFVÀQLVKHGQLQWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH86$6HQLRU1DWLRQDO &KDPSLRQVKLSVÀQLVKHGWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH86$6HQLRU1DWLRQDO Championships ... took part in the 2009 USA World Championship team selection camp ... participated in the 2008 Pan American Gymnastics Union training camp ... active Girl Scout since kindergarten ... graduated from Ontario Christian High School ... member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kaitlyn Rene Clark ... daughter of Monique and Dan Clark ... sister – Breanna ... brothers – Mathew and Kyle ... born June 5, 1993. CLARK’S TOP SCORES: Vault: 9.900 | Bars: 9.900 | Beam: 9.600

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Sarah DEMEO

Junior | 2L | 5-0 | All-Around Hometown: Overland Park, Kan. Major: Interdisciplinary High School: Blue Valley Club: Eagle Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore Second team Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... NCAA Seattle Regional Balance Beam Champion ... competed on the uneven bars in every meet of the season ... competed on the balance beam in 13 of 14 meets in 2012 ... tied her career best of 9.950 to win the balance beam title against North Carolina ... also won the balance beam against Florida ... posted a season-best 9.875 on the uneven bars against North Carolina ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the fall and spring semesters. 2011 | Freshman)LUVWWHDP8QHYHQ%DUV$OO$PHULFDQ6FKRODVWLF$OO$PHULFDQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLUGRQWKHXQHYHQEDUVDWWKH NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals ... Second team All-SEC ... SEC All-Freshman ... SEC Academic Honor Roll Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDWWKH1&$$7XVFDORRVD5HJLRQDODQG6(&&KDPSLRQVKLSVZLWKPDWFKLQJVFRUHV of 9.9 ... named SEC Gymnast of the Week after scoring a career-best 39.450 in the all-around and 9.950 on the balance EHDPZLQQLQJERWKDJDLQVW/68VFRUHGDFDUHHUEHVWRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW/68QDPHG6(&)UHVKPDQ Gymnast of the Week after the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet at Georgia ... competed in the all-around in half of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meets during the UHJXODUVHDVRQFRPSHWHGLQLQGLYLGXDOHYHQWVGXULQJWKHVHDVRQSRVWLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHZLQVLQFOXGLQJIRXUEDODQFHEHDPWLWOHVDQG an all-around win ... scored a career-best 9.875 on the vault at Georgia ... scored a career-high 9.9 on the uneven bars in the VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVZRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPLQKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWPHHWIRUWKH7LGHZLWKDDJDLQVW3HQQ State, the highest score on any event in the meet ... named to the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better grade-point average) for both the fall and spring semesters. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Kim Fuchs and Kami Claridge at Eagle Gymnastics ... three-year member of the U.S. National Team ... won the /HYHOQDWLRQDOEDODQFHEHDPWLWOHDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGLQWKHDOODURXQGZRQWKH/HYHOQDWLRQDOXQHYHQEDUV WLWOHZRQWKHDOODURXQGWLWOHDWWKHVWDWHDQGUHJLRQDOOHYHOLQDQGZDVĂ&#x20AC;IWKQDWLRQDOO\JUDGXDWHGIURP%OXH9DOOH\ High School ... four-year member of the Principalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honor Roll. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Sarah Christine DeMeo ... daughter of Susan Lucas and Craig DeMeo ... sister â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Allison... stepsisters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Melissa, Lauren and Candice ... stepbrothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle and Connor ... born January 29, 1992. DeMEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: All-Around: 39.450 | Vault: 9.875 | Bars: 9.900 | Beam: 9.950 | Floor: 9.875

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Hunter DENNIS

Sophomore | 1L | 5-4 | Vault, Bars, Floor Hometown: Westampton, N.J. Major: General Studies High School: Holy Cross Club: Will-Moor School of Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Freshman Joined the Crimson Tide in January for the spring semester ... exhibitioned ERWKYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVH PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Graduated early from Holy Cross High School and joined the Crimson Tide in January for the spring semester ... coached by Kim and Kevin Bonus, John Wilton and Jeanne Kane at Will0RRU6FKRRORI *\PQDVWLFV-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDOTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HUVL[WLPH5HJLRQ &KDPSLRQVKLSFRPSHWLWRUZRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH,*,&KLFDJR6W\OH,QYLWDWLRQDOZRQ WKHDOODURXQGYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH6SRUWVSOH[7HDP&ODVVLF PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Hunter Alexandra Dennis ... daughter of Carla and Al Dennis ... sister, Morgan, is a former Alabama gymnast who earned eight All-America honors and won the 2007 NCAA Floor Exercise Championship during her Crimson Tide career ... born April 6, 1994.

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Ria DOMIER

Junior | 2L | 5-1 | Vault, Bars, Floor Hometown: Davis, Calif. Major: Chemical Engineering High School: Davis Senior Club: Davis Diamonds Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... named to the 2012 SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team ... exhibitioned vault multiple times through the season ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 grade-point average) for the fall and spring semester ... carries a 4.0 GPA for her career. 2011 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 grade-point average) for the fall semester ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Hilde Aune and James Major at Davis Diamonds Gymnastics ... won the vault at the 2010 Norcal Level 10 State Championships and took second on the balance beam and fourth in the all-around ... took fourth on the vault at the 2010 Region 1 Championships ... took third in the all-around and on the vault at the 2010 Junior Olympics NIT Championships as ZHOODVWDNLQJĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQEDODQFHEHDPĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLUGRQWKHYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH Norcal Level 10 State Championships ... graduated from Davis Senior High School ... National 0HULWĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVW1DWLRQDO$36FKRODUFRSUHVLGHQWRI WKH'+66FLHQFH%RZO7HDPSURMHFW coordinator for the DHS Chapter of the California Scholarship Federation ... 2008 National Science League Chemistry school champion ... 2010 National Science League Physics school co-champion. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Ria Chandra Domier ... daughter of Vinita and Calvin Domier ... brother, Arvin ... born October 1, 1992.

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Lindsey FOWLER

Junior | 2L | 5-4 | All-Around Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. Major: Early Childhood Education High School: Oak Mountain Club: JamJev Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... made her debut in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FRPSHWLWLYHOLQHXSRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDW.HQWXFN\QDPHGWRWKH3UHVLGHQW¡V/LVW JUDGHSRLQWDYHUDJH  for the spring semester ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... carries a 4.0 GPA for her career. 2011 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and Lambda Sigma honor societies ... Council of Presidents Freshman Academic Achievement award winner ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall and spring semesters. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by John and Dara Lowery and David and Kelly Hill at JamJev Gymnastics ... her coach Dara (Stewart) Lowery was an All-American gymnasts for the Crimson Tide ... 2009 Level 10 state champion on the vault and UXQQHUXSRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQG/HYHO5HJLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HU /HYHOVWDWHFKDPSLRQRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDQGXQHYHQEDUV-XQLRU1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HU 2007 Level 10 state balance beam champion ... graduated from Oak Mountain High School ... class salutatorian ... member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Honor Society. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Lindsey Elaine Fowler ... daughter of Laurie and Tony Fowler ... brothers, Zack and Riley ... born August 14, 1991. FOWLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORE: Floor: 9.650

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Lora Leigh FROST

Sophomore | 1L | 5-2 | All-Around Hometown: Decatur, Ala. Major: General Health Studies High School: Decatur Heritage Christian Academy Club: Calvin Twisters ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... VFRUHGDFDUHHUEHVWRQWKHÁRRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW$UNDQVDVQDPHGWR the President’s List (4.0 grade-point average) for the spring semester ... earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... carries a 3.97 GPA for her career. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: &RDFKHGE\/\QHWWH&DOYLQDW&DOYLQ7ZLVWHUVTXDOLÀHGIRUWKH-XQLRU 2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVÀQLVKHGWKLUGLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH 2011 J.O. Region 8 Championships after taking second on the vault, uneven EDUVDQGÁRRUH[HUFLVHZRQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH-)-(OLWH&XS PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Lora Leigh Frost ... daughter of Vicki and Barry Frost... born February 28, 1993. FROST’S TOP SCORE: Floor: 9.900

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Marissa GUTIERREZ

Senior | 3L | 5-2 | V, BB, FX Major: Early Childhood Development Hometown: Houston, Texas High School: Clear Brook Club: Woodland Gymnastics Academy ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Junior )LUVWWHDP9DXOW$OO$PHULFDQ6HFRQGWHDP)ORRU([HUFLVH$OO$PHULFDQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGIRXUWKLQWKHYDXOWDWWKH NCAA Championships Event Finals ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... NCAA Seattle Regional Floor Exercise Champion ... competed on the vault in all 14 meets... won the vault against Missouri, tying her career-best with a 9.95 ... also won the vault DW.HQWXFN\DQG/68WLHGKHUFDUHHUEHVWVFRUHVRQWKHYDXOW  EDODQFHEHDP  DQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVH  DJDLQVW )ORULGDZLQQLQJWKHĂ RRURSHQHGWKHVHDVRQE\WDNLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVWRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW*HRUJLDZLQQLQJKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFROOHJLDWH Ă RRUWLWOHWLHGKHUFDUHHUKLJKRI RQYDXOWLQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI 1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVFRPSHWHGLQLQGLYLGXDOHYHQWV during the season ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester. 2011 | Sophomore First team Vault All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Second team All-SEC... posted a career-high RQWKHYDXOWLQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQWKHYDXOWDWWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV ,QGLYLGXDO(YHQW)LQDOVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGRQWKHYDXOWDWWKH6(&&KDPSLRQVKLSVZLWKDFRPSHWHGLQLQGLYLGXDO HYHQWVGXULQJWKHVHDVRQSRVWHGDFDUHHUKLJKWROHDGWKH7LGHRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDW*HRUJLDVFRUHGDFDUHHUEHVW 9.875 on the balance beam at Georgia. 2010 | Freshman 6(&$FDGHPLF+RQRU5ROOHDUQHGKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFDUHHUZLQRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDJDLQVW$UL]RQDZLWKD ... took second on the balance beam at the NCAA Lexington Regional Championships with a 9.85 ... made her Crimson Tide GHEXWDW$XEXUQRQWKHYDXOWDQGEDODQFHEHDPDQGKHUĂ RRUH[HUFLVHGHEXWDJDLQVW*HRUJLDFRPSHWHGRQWKHEDODQFHEHDP in all 14 meets of the season and on the vault in 13 of 14 meets ... named the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Outstanding Freshman. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached at Woodland Gymnastics Academy by Debbie Kaitchuk and Deana Parish, who also mentored former Alabama NCAA champion AndreĂŠ Pickens, and JP Lavacheny ... earned a silver medal on the vault at the 2006 Junior Olympic National &KDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVL[WKRQWKHYDXOWDQGWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH-2&KDPSLRQVKLSVZRQWKH7H[DV state vault and balance beam titles ... voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Athleticâ&#x20AC;? of the senior class ... graduated on the Distinguished Achievement plan. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Marissa Yvonne Gutierrez ... daughter of Ana and Mario Gutierrez ... brothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mario, Mark and Michael ... sistersin-law â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Leigh and Adrienne ... born May 16, 1991. GUTIERREZâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: Vault: 9.950 | Beam: 9.875 | Floor: 9.925

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Kim JACOB

Junior | 2L | 5-2 | All-Around Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. Major: Exercise Science High School: Homeschooled Club: Superior Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore Second team Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Gymnastics Scholar$WKOHWHRI WKH<HDU6(&$FDGHPLF+RQRU5ROOFRPSHWHGLQWKH&ULPVRQ7LGH¡VEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHOLQHXSVLQDOO PHHWVRQO\8$J\PQDVWWRJRLQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHOLQHXSHYHU\PHHWRI WKHVHDVRQOHGRII WKH7LGH¡VEDODQFHEHDPOLQHXSLQRI  PHHWVDQGWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHOLQHXSLQRI PHHWVVFRUHGDVHDVRQKLJKRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDJDLQVW$UNDQVDVDVFRUHVKH PDWFKHGLQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVDQG1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV6XSHU6L[7HDP)LQDOVVFRUHGDFDUHHUKLJK RQWKHXQHYHQEDUVLQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVVFRUHGDVHDVRQKLJKRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW)ORULGDD VFRUHVKHPDWFKHGDWWKH6(&&KDPSLRQVKLSVWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVDQG1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV6XSHU6L[7HDP Finals ... won the balance beam at Kentucky ... competed in 36 individual events during the season ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall and spring semesters ... carries a perfect 4.0 GPA for her career. 2011 | Freshman First team All-Around and Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... Second team All-SEC ... SEC All-Freshman ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... scored a career-best 9.95 in the NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals, the highest EDODQFHEHDPVFRUHRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHYHQWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGHLJKWK on the balance beam at the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals ... closed out the season by going all-around in back-to-back nights at the NCAA Championships, after competing in the all-around only twice in the regular season, including a career-best 39.425 in WKH6XSHU6L[7HDP)LQDOĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGRII WKHEDODQFHEHDPDWWKH1&$$7XVFDORRVD5HJLRQDODQG6(&&KDPSLRQVKLSVZLWKD each time ... won the balance beam at Arkansas from the leadoff spot ... competed 40 routines during the season, including going on the balance beam in all 14 meets ... earned the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lewis Each Courage Award ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall and spring semesters. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: &RDFKHGE\.U\VWDO.UDPHUDW6XSHULRU*\PQDVWLFV6HQLRU,QWHUQDWLRQDO(OLWHJ\PQDVWTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGIRUWKH869LVD&KDPSLRQVKLSV LQDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJWKLQWKHDOODURXQGLQ-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDODOODURXQGFKDPSLRQZRQWKHXQHYHQEDUV DQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH$PHULFDQ&ODVVLF-XQLRU2O\PSLFVQDWLRQDODOODURXQGEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRU exercise champion. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kimberly Anne Jacob ... daughter of Victoria and Michael Jacob ... brother, Rick ... sisters, Tina, Kelsie, Steph and Jenny ... born September 18, 1991. JACOBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: All-Around: 39.425 | Vault: 9.825 | Bars: 9.875 | Beam: 9.950 | Floor: 9.875

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Diandra MILLINER

Junior | 2L | 5-3 | All-Around Hometown: Wichita, Kan. Major: General Health Studies High School: Maize Club: Folgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Sophomore NCAA Championships Vault Runner-up ... First team Vault All-American ... Second team Floor Exercise All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... scored a perfect 10.0 to win the vault against Florida ... became the 14th Alabama gymnast to score at least one 10.0 during her career and the eighth to score a 10.0 on the vault ... competed on the vault and balance beam in all PHHWVRI WKHVHDVRQZRQWKHYDXOWDW/68DQGDJDLQVW1RUWK&DUROLQDPDWFKHGKHUFDUHHUKLJKRI RQWKHĂ RRUDJDLQVW$UNDQVDV scored a career-high 9.9 to win the balance beam against Florida ... made her Crimson Tide all-around debut at Auburn ... scored 9.95 on the YDXOWLQERWKWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVDQGWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV6XSHU6L[7HDP)LQDOVFRPSHWHGURXWLQHVGXULQJ the season ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester. 2011 | Freshman Second team Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... scored a 9.95 in the NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals, tying with teammate Kayla Hoffman for the highest vault score of the night ... second team All-SEC ... SEC All-Freshman ... joined the Crimson Tide on Dec. 26 for the second semester after graduating from high school early ... twice named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week, after the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meets against Auburn and LSU... posted a career-high 9.975 on the vault against LSU ... scored a 39.450 against Kentucky LQKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWDOODURXQGDSSHDUDQFHVFRUHGDFDUHHUKLJKRQWKHXQHYHQEDUVDJDLQVW.HQWXFN\VFRUHGDFDUHHUEHVWRQWKHĂ RRU exercise against Kentucky and LSU ... competed 40 routines during the season, scoring 9.9 or better 10 times | seven on the vault and three on WKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQFKRUHG$ODEDPD¡VYDXOWOLQHXSLQDOOPHHWVZRQĂ&#x20AC;YHRI LQGLYLGXDOYDXOWWLWOHVGXULQJWKHUHJXODUVHDVRQVFRUHGD FDUHHUKLJKRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDWWKH0HWURSOH[&KDOOHQJHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXWLQHRI KHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWPHHWIRUWKH&ULPVRQ7LGHVKHZRQWKHYDXOW against Penn State with a 9.9 ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Graduated from Maize High School early and joined the Crimson Tide for the spring semester ... coached by Mark Folger at Folgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gymnastics -XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDOYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHFKDPSLRQZRQWKHYDXOWDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGLQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH-XQLRU 2O\PSLF1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVWRRNĂ&#x20AC;UVWRQWKHYDXOWXQHYHQEDUVDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH-XQLRU2O\PSLF5HJLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSV ZRQWKHYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH1DVWLD/LXNLQ&XSZRQWKHDOODURXQGDWWKH3LQN5LEERQ,QYLWDWLRQDO7H[DV3ULPH0HHWDQG National Gymnastics Challenge in 2009. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Diandra Quinn Milliner ... daughter of Traci and Reuben Milliner ... sisters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aleah and Micala ... born October 18, 1992. MILLINERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: All-Around: 39.450 | Vault: 10.000 | Bars: 9.825 | Beam: 9.900 | Floor: 9.925

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Brooke PARKER

Sophomore | 1L | 5-0 | All-Around Hometown: Lorton, Va. Major: General Business High School: South County Secondary Club: Capital Gymnastics National Training Center ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... made her debut LQWKH&ULPVRQ7LGH·VFRPSHWLWLYHOLQHXSDW2NODKRPDRQWKHÁRRUH[HUFLVHVFRUHGD FDUHHUKLJKRQWKHÁRRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW0LVVRXUL PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Tatiana Perskaia and Oleksandr Vorobyov at Capital Gymnastics National 7UDLQLQJ&HQWHU6HQLRU,QWHUQDWLRQDO(OLWHÀQLVKHGWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDQGZDVQLQWK on the uneven bars at the 2009 USA Senior National Championships ... graduated from South County Secondary School. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Brooke Kathleen Parker ... daughter of Nora and Michael Parker ... brother, Jayce ... born September 2, 1993. PARKER’S TOP SCORE: Floor: 9.750

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ASHLEY PRIESS: A PERFECT LANDING After sitting out her junior season following surgery RQERWKDQNOHV$VKOH\3ULHVVPRXQWHGDQDPD]LQJ FRPHEDFNLQZKLFKFXOPLQDWHGZLWKKHUFOLQFKLQJ Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth NCAA championship with a 9.95 on the balance beam. Following the championships, 3ULHVVFKRVHWRFRPHEDFNDVDĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDUVHQLRURQO\WKH second in Alabama gymnastics history. The NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s &KDPSLRQ0DJD]LQHZDQWHGWRNQRZPRUHDERXWWKH Illinois, native and this is what they found out: Ashley Priess saw the easy path. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WKHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWFKRLFHWKDWWXUQHGWKH$ODEDPD gymnast into a leader. She stood on the sidelines of the 2011 NCAA championships, both ankles healing from major tendon injuries, feeling detached IURPKHUWHDPPDWHVDVWKH\FHOHEUDWHGWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVW national title since 2002. Graduation was six months away, and it tempted her with thoughts of moving on in life. Priess previously turned away from her Olympic dreams because of a PDMRULQMXU\:DVLWZRUWKĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJWRSXUVXH another? The answer became obvious as Priess stood victoriously on the podium last April, holding her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championship WURSK\FRPSUHKHQGLQJZKDWWKHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWSDWK coaxed out of her. To outsiders she was the gymnast whose near-perfect beam routine in WKHFKDPSLRQVKLSV¡Ă&#x20AC;QDOSHUIRUPDQFHUDOOLHG the Crimson Tide to its second consecutive title. But to those who witnessed Priessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daily battles, the moment branded Priess a leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I proved that my ability to compete for a team purpose was greater than as an individual,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt so grateful for every person who was part of that journey.â&#x20AC;? And that journey was long and painful. Priessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; career began as a promising Olympic hopeful, spending seven years in the U.S. national program and earning a spot on the U.S. Senior International Elite team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one step removed from Olympic competition. But fractures in her spine forced her to spend several months in a turtle-shell brace and accept WKDWKHU2O\PSLFGUHDPVZHUHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG

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So Priess changed her dream. She had longed to compete in college, so her desire shifted from Olympic individual to FROOHJLDWHWHDPJORU\6KHPDGHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDP $OO$PHULFDLQHDFKRI KHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZR years at Alabama, along with scholastic All-America and deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list honors. Then more injuries started threatening that new dream. A minor left ankle injury turned into a major problem during the 2010 NCAA championships. Priess landed a vault awkwardly and walked gingerly toward assistant coach Dana Duckworth. One of Priessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tendons had ripped free, chipping part of the bone with it. And after that fall, just as the left ankle was starting to heal, years of stress in her right ankle set up a similar injury during an awkward uneven bars dismount. If that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discouraging enough, Priess then dropped a glass pitcher on her foot during a class presentation. The shattered glass sliced through the top of her foot. Priess wondered if all the injuries were sending her a message. And after watching from an uninvolved, disconnected spot on the sidelines as Alabama won the 2011 title, part of Priess urged her to quit. But she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake the feeling that her career wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to end in emotional defeat. After being raised in a sport that praises individual performances, Priess embraced the team concept. Her comeback started small, rehabbing from nerve damage incurred during surgery that affected the movement of her toes. Once she could walk normally, Priess stepped up to the mental barrier of attempting a routine as teammates and coaches cheered each step. Priess started with the bars and beam in the summer, and began tumbling by the fall. The vault followed into the winter, each step a frustrating challenge to develop her timing and FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH  3ULHVVGLGQ¡WVWDUWIHHOLQJFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWXQWLO February. But by the time she stepped on the

beam DVWKHFKDPSLRQVKLSV¡Ă&#x20AC;QDO performer, needing a 9.875 to pull Alabama into a tie with Florida for the lead, the leader was emerging.  6KHUHOD[HGWKURXJKWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXWLQHDQG ZKHQVKHGLVPRXQWHGZLWKDWZLVWLQJEDFNĂ LSWR her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hysteric celebration, the scoreboard UHĂ HFWHGWKHVWRU\ERRNĂ&#x20AC;QDOH3ULHVVVFRUHGD 9.95 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the highest score of the championship, sealing Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some things are meant to be,â&#x20AC;? said Alabama coach Sarah Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a GHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJPRPHQW7KDWZDVPHDQWWREHÂľ  %XWWKHVWRU\LVVWLOOZULWLQJLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDOFKDSWHUV Priess graduated midway through her senior season, and when her gymnastics career ends this spring she will also hold a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sports management. The next step: a Ph.D in leadership studies, through which Priess plans to teach and spread the messages of mental toughness she learned via gymnastics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always had it in my brain,â&#x20AC;? Priess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grasp it until I went through some struggles.â&#x20AC;? E\%ULDQ+HQGULFNVRQ&KDPSLRQ0DJD]LQH

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Ashley PRIESS

Senior | RS-3L | 5-3 | All-Around Major: Sport Management (Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree) Hometown: Wheaton, Ill. High School: Lakota West Club: Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 | Redshirt Senior 5HWXUQVDVWKHVHFRQGĂ&#x20AC;IWK\HDUVHQLRULQ Alabama gymnastics history ... president of the Alabama StudentAthlete Advisory Committee ... graduated in December of 2011 with a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Spanish ... currently pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in VSRUWPDQDJHPHQWĂ&#x20AC;UVW$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWWRHDUQDQXQGHUJUDGXDWH degree and start a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree while still competing. 2012 | Senior First team Balance Beam All-American ... Second team All-Around and Uneven Bars All-American ... Scholastic AllAmerican ... Second team All-SEC ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... team co-captain ... earned the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lewis Each Courage Award ... clinched the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth NCAA Championship title by tying her career-high score of 9.95 on the balance beam in the Super Six 7HDP)LQDOVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHYHQWKRII WKHEDODQFHEHDPDWWKH1&$$ Championships Event Finals ... anchored the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uneven bars in every meet of the season ... competed on the balance beam DQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHLQRI PHHWVDQFKRUHGWKH7LGH¡VEHDP OLQHXSWLPHVFRPSHWHGLQWKHDOODURXQGIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHVLQFH the 2010 season against Florida with a winning score of 39.550 ... won the all-around against North Carolina with a career-best score of 39.625 ... also went in the all-around against Missouri and the entire championship season ... scored a 9.9 on the uneven bars to win the event against North Carolina ... clinched each of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x20AC;UVWWKUHHPHHWVDVWKH&ULPVRQ7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDOJ\PQDVWLQLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDO URWDWLRQ²DJDLQVW*HRUJLDVKHVFRUHGDRQWKHĂ RRUIRUWKHZLQ at the Penn State Quad meet, she scored a 9.85 on the uneven bars to beat Penn State; and she scored a 9.925 on balance beam to beat Auburn ... also clinched the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win at LSU, scoring a 9.925 on the balance beam to win the event and the meet ... won the balance beam against Arkansas with a score of 9.925 ... won the vault with DFDUHHUEHVWDW2NODKRPDZRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHZLWKD DJDLQVW$UNDQVDVPDWFKLQJKHUFDUHHUKLJKĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHVHDVRQ WLHGIRUĂ&#x20AC;UVWRQWKHWHDPLQQXPEHURI HYHQWVFRPSHWHGZLWK returned to the lineup in the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opener against Georgia for the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHVLQFHWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV,QGLYLGXDO(YHQW Finals following surgery on both ankles prior to the 2011 season ... named to the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (4.0 grade-point average) for the spring VHPHVWHUKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQJUDGXDWHVFKRROHDUQHG'HDQ¡V/LVW RU better GPA) honors for the fall semester.

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2011 | Junior Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... surgery on both ankles after the 2010 season, one in the summer and one in the fall, sidelined her for the 2011 season ... named to the Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the fall and spring semesters. 2010 | Sophomore First-team All-American on the balance beam ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... won the balance beam with a 9.875 and was second in the all-around at the NCAA Lexington Regional Championships ... 2010 SEC All-Around and Balance %HDP&KDPSLRQĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDP$OO6(&6(&*\PQDVWRI WKH:HHN (3/23) ... posted the highest balance beam score on both nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RI WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVZLWKDLQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDQGD GXULQJWKH1&$$6XSHU6L[7HDPĂ&#x20AC;QDOVZRQHYHQWWLWOHV during the season, including six uneven bars and 10 balance beam titles ... won the balance beam in the season opener for the second year in a row, scoring a 9.9 to once again clinch a season-opening win at Auburn ... earned the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spirit of the Week award after meets against Arkansas and Kentucky and Performance of the Week award after competing against LSU ... produced 20 routines of 9.9 or better ... earned the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lewis Each Courage Award ... named the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-captain along with Morgan Dennis ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester. 2009 | Freshman First-team All-American on the balance beam and the uneven bars ... second-team All-American in the all-around DQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVH6FKRODVWLF$OO$PHULFDQ6(&$FDGHPLF Honor Roll ... posted a career-best 39.575 in the all-around during the NCAA Super Six Team Finals ... won the all-around and the balance beam with a career-high 9.95 at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships ... earned Second Team All-SEC and SEC $OO)UHVKPDQKRQRUVEHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJ\PQDVWWRHDUQ6(& )UHVKPDQRI WKH:HHNKRQRUV WKHDZDUGZDVLQLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHDVRQ during 2009), earning the honor after the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meet at Auburn ... ZDVQDPHG6(&)UHVKPDQRI WKH:HHNĂ&#x20AC;YHWLPHVDVPXFKDVDOO WKHRWKHUKRQRUHHVFRPELQHGLQFOXGLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOWKUHHZHHNVRI  the regular season ... won 15 events during the season ... scored 9.9 or better 22 times during the season, including six routines at the NCAA Championships ... scored career-highs of 9.9 on the vault DQGRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW6WDQIRUGPDWFKHGKHUFDUHHU

high of 9.9 on the vault against Oklahoma/North Carolina, at the SEC Championships and during the NCAA Super Six Team Finals ZHQWLQWKHDOODURXQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOPHHWVLQDURZDIWHUPDNLQJKHU debut against LSU, scoring 39.250 or better seven times ... scored a career-high 9.925 on the uneven bars against Kentucky, a score she matched against Denver ... competed in 57 events during the season, the second highest total on the team, including the uneven bars, EDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHLQHYHU\PHHWHDUQHG'HDQ¡V/LVW (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy ... seven-year member of the USA National Team ... a Senior International Elite, she was a member of the 2006 USA World &KDPSLRQVKLS7HDPĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJWKLQWKHDOODURXQGDQGKHOSLQJ the U.S. to the silver medal ... took second in the all-around at the 2008 International Exchange ... competed with former Alabama All-American Kassi Price on the 2006 U.S. World Cup team in Lyon, France, winning the balance beam and uneven bars ... earned a silver DQGEURQ]HPHGDOLQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHUHVSHFWLYHO\ at the 2006 World Cup event in Ghent, Belgium ... earned a silver medal on balance beam and was seventh in the all-around at the 0DVVLOLD*\P&XSLQ0DUVHLOOHV)UDQFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQWKH balance beam and sixth in the all-around and on the uneven bars and Ă RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH86$&KDPSLRQVKLSVDQG 2006 U.S. Classic all-around champion. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Ashley Elizabeth Priess ... daughter of Mel and Linda Priess ... her sister Courtney is a former Alabama gymnast ... received her undergraduate degree in Spanish ... pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sport management ... born March 8, 1990. PRIESSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TOP SCORES: All-Around: 39.625 | Vault: 9.950 | Bars: 9.925 | Beam: 9.950 | Floor: 9.950

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Carley SIMS

Freshman | HS | 5-4 | All-Around Major: Pre-Physical Therapy Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. High School: Ramsay Club: JamJev Gymnastics PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by former Alabama All-American Dara (Stewart) Lowery as well as John Lowery and David Hill at JamJev Gymnastics ... double-medalist at the 2011 U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships ... ÀQLVKHGVHFRQGRQWKHÁRRUH[HUFLVHDQGWKLUGRQWKHYDXOWDWWKH-21DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLSVDIWHU SRVWLQJWKUHHWRSÀQLVKHVDWWKHVDPHPHHWLQÀYHWLPHFRPSHWLWRUDWWKH86-XQLRU2O\PSLF National Championships ... won four events, including the all-around, at the 2011 Region 8 Championships, and was second on the balance beam ... won all four events and the all-around at the 2011 Alabama State Championships ... maintained a 3.5 grade-point average through high school. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Carley Victoria Sims ... daughter of Pam and Carl Sims ... brother – Bryant Felder ... sister – Brianna ... born January 5, 1994.

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Ashley SLEDGE

Senior | 3L | 5-3 | All-Around Major: Public Relations Hometown: Fairview Heights, Ill. High School: Belleville East Club: World Class Gymnastics ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 | Senior Graduated in December of 2012 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in public relations with a minor in sociology ... currently pursuing a second degree in general studies ... member of the Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive committee. 2012 | Junior Second team Uneven Bars All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... NCAA Seattle Regional Uneven Bars Champion ... team co-captain ... competed in the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vault and uneven bars lineup in all 14 meets of the season ... opened her junior season with a career-best 9.975 on the vault against Georgia ... won the uneven bars at Oklahoma with a 9.925, which tied her career-best score ... made her collegiate debut in the all-around against Georgia, winning it with a 39.450 ... prior to the Georgia meet, her last all-around was as a junior in high school ... won the all-around at Kentucky ... tied her career best in the allDURXQGDJDLQVW)ORULGDZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLUGRQWKHVTXDGLQQXPEHURI URXWLQHVLQFRPSHWLWLRQZLWKLQGXFWHGLQWR;;;, the University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honorary. 2011 | Sophomore )LUVWWHDP9DXOW$OO$PHULFDQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHYHQWKRQWKHYDXOWLQWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV,QGLYLGXDO(YHQW)LQDOV 6HFRQGWHDP$OO6(&6(&$FDGHPLF+RQRU5ROOZRQĂ&#x20AC;YHLQGLYLGXDOWLWOHVGXULQJWKHVHDVRQIRXURQWKHXQHYHQEDUVDQGRQHRQ WKHYDXOWFRPSHWHGURXWLQHVGXULQJWKHVHDVRQVFRULQJRUEHWWHUWLPHVĂ&#x20AC;YHRQWKHYDXOWDQGIRXURQWKHXQHYHQEDUVVFRUHG DFDUHHUEHVWDQGFDPHDZD\ZLWKKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFROOHJLDWHYDXOWZLQDW*HRUJLDVFRUHGDFDUHHUKLJKRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDJDLQVW Kentucky and at the SEC Championships ... posted a career-high 9.925 on the uneven bars at the Metroplex Challenge ... for the second \HDULQDURZRSHQHGWKHVHDVRQZLWKDZLQRQWKHXQHYHQEDUVVFRULQJDWRWDNHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHDJDLQVW3HQQ6WDWHPDGHKHUGHEXWLQ $ODEDPD¡VFRPSHWLWLYHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHOLQHXSDW)ORULGDPDGHKHUGHEXWLQ$ODEDPD¡VFRPSHWLWLYHEDODQFHEHDPOLQHXSDW$UNDQVDV earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List (3.5 or better grade-point average) honors for the spring semester. 2010 | Freshman Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... SEC Freshman of the Week (1/12) ... won the uneven bars DJDLQVW$XEXUQLQKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVW&ULPVRQ7LGHURXWLQHWLHGIRUĂ&#x20AC;UVWRQWKHXQHYHQEDUVZLWKDFDUHHUEHVWDJDLQVW$UNDQVDVWLHGKHU FDUHHUEHVWRQWKHXQHYHQEDUVLQWKH1&$$6XSHU6L[7HDPĂ&#x20AC;QDOVZLWKDPDGHKHUYDXOWGHEXWDW2NODKRPDSRVWLQJD earned the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spirit of the Week award against Oklahoma ... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better GPA) for both the fall and spring semesters. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Donna Berutti, Patrick Hulliung and Scott King at World Class Gymnastics ... named Region 5 Athlete of the Year after winning the 2005 Junior Olympic National All-Around title ... third in the all-around at J.O. Nationals after winning the Illinois State AllAround Championship in 2007 ... twice attended training camps at the Olympic Training Center ... won the all-around at both the 2008 Navy Pier and Circle of Stars meets. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Ashley Arleen Sledge ... daughter of Sandra and Ashley Sledge ... sister, Sandra ... her father Ashley played football at Southern Illinois University, winning a national championship in 1983 ... born August 31, 1991. SLEDGEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: All-Around: 39: 450 | Vault: 9.975 | Bars: 9.925 | Beam: 9.850 | Floor: 9.900

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Kayla WILLIAMS

Sophomore | 1L | 5-2 | All-Around Hometown: Huntington, W.Va. Major: Public Relations High School: Huntington Club: Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 | Freshman Second team Balance Beam All-American ... Scholastic All-American ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... scored a career-high 9.9 on the vault at the NCAA Championships Super Six Team Finals ... scored a career-high 9.9 on the balance beam against North Carolina WLHGKHUFDUHHUKLJKRI RQWKHEDODQFHEHDPLQERWKWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRI WKH1&$$ Championships and the NCAA Super Six Team Finals... earned Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List honors (3.5 or better grade-point average) for the spring semester. PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 World Vault Champion ... member of the United States 2009 World Championship team ... coached by Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, the same gym that produced Alabama senior All-American Ashley Priess ... won the vault at the USA Junior and Senior National Championships as well as the World Championships in 2009... three-year member of WKH5HJLRQ$OO6WDUWHDPZRQWKH-XQLRU2O\PSLF1DWLRQDODOODURXQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQG vault titles in 2009 ... National Honor Society. PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kayla Rose Williams ... daughter of Elizabeth and William Williams ... born February 28, 1992. WILLIAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TOP SCORES: Vault: 9.900 | Beam: 9.900

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TRAVELING IN STYLE WITH THE CRIMSON TIDE Oh, the places they’ll go! An Alabama gymnast will travel far and wide during her Crimson Tide tenure and will get there in style. Alabama travels to the vast majority of its competitions by charter plane, keeping time away from home to a minimum. Chartering also allows Sarah Patterson to adjust departure times to best accommodate her athletes’ class schedules. Nothing brings a team together like time on the road. Time on the plane is spent studying, reading, listening to music and watching movies. Time is also spent chatting, singing and generally having a good time. Just to make sure everything runs smoothly on a trip, a laminated travel card is handed out before the Tide sets off for the Tuscaloosa Airport, detailing the schedule, what to wear and other important information. During the regular season, once the plane touches down, a bus comes planeside to pick the Tide up and take them to the hotel. The team then makes its way to a team dinner, usually at a well-known local restaurant that has the kind of variety where the gymnasts, coaches and staff can sample local cuisine or personal favorites. Back at the hotel after dinner, everyone goes their own way, some back to their room to study or chat, some gathering in one room or another to watch a movie. %UHDNIDVWXVXDOO\ÀQGVHYHU\RQHRQ their own, after which there is a trip to the mall arranged for those who want to hit the shops. Team lunch starts the pre-meet ritual, with the Tide taking over a section of a local restaurant or having the meal catered at the hotel. After the

competition, the bus takes Alabama back to the airport, where the charter plane stands ready to whisk them back to Tuscaloosa. On longer trips, especially during the postseason, Alabama travels with its massage therapist, allowing them to get massages in preparation for competition. :KLOHPDQ\WULSVÀQGWKH7LGHÁ\LQJ in and out of town for a meet, the trips are sometimes stretched to accommodate some exploring. In four of the past seven years, trips to the West Coast have allowed Alabama to see the sites, including stops in Seattle, and a trip to the Space Needle and the exterior set of “Grey’s Anatomy”, San Francisco, for cable car rides and wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf, and Los Angeles, with tours of Hollywood. The gymnasts aren’t the only ones hitting the road for away meets. The Tide has a dedicated group of family, friends and fans who follow them from one end of the country to the other. There is never a meet that doesn’t see some crimson and white-clad fans in the stands. And for those that can’t make it to an away meet, the Tide is the only school in the country whose home and away meets are broadcast on the radio and online as well.

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2012 SEASON IN REVIEW

The Alabama gymnastics team enjoyed another spectacular season in 2012, taking the baton from the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national championship football team in January and carrying it through its own hot start into the postseason for yet another national championship. Not only did the Tide gymnastics team win its sixth NCAA championship and second in a row, it also continued to excel in the classroom as well as making a difference in the community around them.

The Regular Season

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get things off to a much better VWDUWWKDQ$ODEDPDGLGLQ'XULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW rotation of the season, senior Geralen Stack-Eaton scored a 10.0 on the vault against the Georgia Bulldogs, leading Alabama to a 49.550 team score on vault and the win. Prior to Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect score, Ashley Miles was the last Alabama gymnast to earn a 10.0, posting one each on WKHYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH1&$$ Championships Super Six Team Finals. Not to be outdone, three meets later, sophomore Diandra Milliner scored a 10.0 of her

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own on the vault, leading the Tide to 49.600 on the vault and the win against the Florida Gators. Stack-Eaton and Milliner became the 13th and 14th UA gymnasts to score a 10.0 during their careers. The previous time two UA gymnasts scored 10.0s in the same year was in 2003. That season Miles scored four 10.0s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; three on the vault DQGRQHRQWKHĂ RRU²ZKLOH-HDQD5LFHVFRUHG 10.0s on the balance beam and vault. Off to a great start, Alabama continued to roll through the rest of the season, going undefeated in Southeastern Conference competition for the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWLPHVLQFHDIWHUSRVWLQJD 196.125 win at LSU. Overall, the Tide lost only once in 2012, falling by .150 at then-No. 2 Oklahoma, to post an 11-1-0 record. It marked the 25th time since Sarah and David Patterson took over the program that Alabama has won 10 or more regular-season meets. Alabama closed the regular season with a win over North Carolina, marking the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29th consecutive home victory. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home win streak includes a 19-0-0 regular-season mark and a 10-0-0 record as host of the 2009 and 2011 NCAA regional championships.

Packed House

On the way to a perfect 5-0-0 mark at home in 2012, Alabama posted the second-highest attendance average in school and Southeastern Conference history, with 12,827. The Tide had a capacity turnout of 15,075 for its Power of Pink meet against Arkansas, marking the ninth time the gymnastics team has sold out Coleman Coliseum and the eighth time in the past seven years. Alabama opened the season with 14,501 for its meet against Georgia, while a total of 12,457 fans braved stormy weather to see Alabama take on the Florida Gators. The Tide also drew 12,936 fans for LWVWRUQDGRUHOLHI PHHWDJDLQVW0LVVRXULRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW weekend of spring break. The Tide ranked third in attendance among all collegiate womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs and joined Tennessee basketball and Utah gymnastics as the only three womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs to average over 11,000 fans per contest during the 2011-12 academic year.

The Southeastern Conference

After going undefeated against the SEC during WKHUHJXODUVHDVRQ$ODEDPDĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGDWWKH 2012 SEC Championships with 196.775. It marked

the 21st time in school history that the Tide KDVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGHLWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWRUVHFRQGDWWKHOHDJXH championships. After the championships, it was announced that by a vote of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaches Kim Jacob was named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She became the second consecutive Alabama gymnast to earn the honor, following in the footsteps of 2011 senior Kayla Hoffman. The All-American and Scholastic All-American holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average entering her junior season. Seniors Ashley Priess and Geralen Stack-Eaton both earned second team All-SEC honors during the 2012 championships. It was the third year for both gymnasts to earn All-SEC honors. It was also announced during the championships that Ria Domier was named to the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team. The sophomore dedicated countless hours to community service, especially in the days that followed the devastating tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa in April of 2011. During the regular season, senior Geralen Stack-Eaton was twice named SEC Gymnast of the Week, giving her four such honors for her career, while sophomore Diandra Milliner earned the honor once.

Regional Championships

Alabama made its long trip to the University of Washington campus and Alaska Airline Arena a successful one, winning the NCAA Seattle Regional Championship and advancing WRWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSĂ&#x20AC;QDOVIRUWKHWK FRQVHFXWLYH\HDU$ODEDPDĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGQHDUO\DIXOO SRLQWDKHDGRI WKHUHVWRI WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGSRVWLQJWKH highest score on all four apparatus. The Tide DOVRZRQIRXURI WKHĂ&#x20AC;YHLQGLYLGXDOWLWOHV6HQLRU Geralen Stack-Eaton won the all-around as well as sharing the uneven bars title with junior Ashley 6OHGJHDQGWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHFKDPSLRQVKLSZLWK junior Marissa Gutierrez while sophomore Sarah DeMeo won the balance beam. Stack-Eaton was also announced as the NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year, giving Alabama that honor in back-to-back years after Kayla Hoffman earned the accolade in 2011. Overall, UA gymnasts have been named the

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Central Region Gymnast of the Year eight times since 1999.

The NCAA Championships

Less than a month after competing in Duluth, Ga., in the SEC Championships the Crimson Tide was back in the Arena at Gwinnett Center looking IRUWKHLUVL[WK1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSDQGĂ&#x20AC;UVW back-to-back titles in school history. The going wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy, with one of the most competitive Ă&#x20AC;HOGVLQWKHKLVWRU\RI WKHVSRUWDVVHPEOHGMXVW outside Atlanta. Alabama got the NCAA Championships 6HPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRII WRDKRWVWDUWZLWKWKHWKLUGKLJKHVW balance beam total in school history, a 49.600. From there, the Tide never looked back winning WKHHYHQLQJVHVVLRQRI WKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVZLWKD 197.675, just .025 ahead of the top-seeded Florida *DWRUV$UNDQVDVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLUGLQWKHHYHQLQJ session, putting a trio of SEC teams in the NCAA Super Six Team Finals against the Pac12 trio of UCLA, Utah and Stanford that advanced from the afternoon session. Alabama jumped out to another strong start LQWKH1&$$6XSHU6L[7HDPĂ&#x20AC;QDOVSRVWLQJWKH KLJKHVWVFRUHRI WKHQLJKWDRQWKHĂ RRU

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exercise. The Tide then turned things up a notch, scoring a 49.625 on the vault, the highest total of the night on any event. At the halfway point of the meet, Alabama led by .175. A 49.275 on the XQHYHQEDUVVHQWWKH7LGHWRLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDOHYHQWWKH balance beam, .025 behind Florida and in need of another extraordinary rotation to get past UCLA, ZKLFKZDVVLWWLQJRQDE\HLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOURWDWLRQ with a 197.750, and to have a chance against the *DWRUVKHDGHGWRĂ RRUH[HUFLVHZKHUHWKH\KHOG the highest team score of the season. The lead teetered back and forth throughout the last rotation and by the time all six Gators had gone, they had scored a 197.775, .025 ahead of the Bruins and waiting to see what Tide senior Ashley Priess would do. It seemed like fate that it would come down the Wheaton, Ill., native who was sidelined during the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 championship run following surgery on both ankles. Fellow senior Geralen Stack-Eaton had scored DLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKVSRWRI WKH7LGH¡VOLQHXSPHDQLQJ that a 9.875 from Priess would tie the Gators, anything better would win. Priess left nothing to chance, scoring a nearperfect 9.95 to give the Tide the title by less than a tenth of a point.

Stack-Eaton, who led the Tide with a careerbest 39.700 in the all-around during the Super Six, came back the next day and won the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd LQGLYLGXDO1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLSDQGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQWKH EDODQFHEHDP6KHDOVRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGVHFRQGRQWKH Ă RRUH[HUFLVHZKLOHVRSKRPRUH'LDQGUD0LOOLQHU was runner-up on the vault. A total of eight Alabama gymnasts earned All-America honors in 2012, led by Stack-Eaton and Priess with four and three honors, respectively. Milliner, junior Marissa Gutierrez and sophomore Kim Jacob each earned two All-America accolades while junior Ashley Sledge, sophomore Sarah DeMeo and freshman Kayla Williams all collected one a piece.

Classroom Excellence

The Crimson Tide followed up its sixth NCAA championship with another stellar performance in the classroom, producing the highest team gradepoint average among the Southeastern Conference gymnastics teams in 2012 and the eighth best among all gymnastics programs, after posting a 3.55 team grade-point average. It marked the seventh year in a row UA gymnasts have posted a team GPA of 3.4 or better.

Individually, senior Rachel Terry and VRSKRPRUH.LP-DFREOHGWKHZD\%RWKĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG the season with cumulative GPAs of 4.0. Terry earned her second NCAA Elite 89 Award, given to the student-athlete with highest GPA at the national championships while Jacob was voted the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaches. Overall, 13 UA gymnasts earned Scholastic AllAmerica accolades in 2012, one shy of the school record set in 2011. Among UAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Scholastic All-Americans, Ă&#x20AC;YH²7HUU\VHQLRU$VKOH\3ULHVV-DFRE sophomore Lindsey Fowler and sophomore Ria 'RPLHU²Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHVHDVRQZLWKFXPXODWLYH GPAs of 4.0, while all 18 members of the 2012 VTXDGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHVHDVRQZLWKDFXPXODWLYH*3$ of a 3.1 or better. In addition to Domier, Fowler, Jacob, Priess and Terry, juniors Becca Alexin and Ashley Sledge, sophomores Sarah DeMeo and Diandra Milliner, and freshmen Kaitlyn Clark, Lora Leigh Frost, Brooke Parker and Kayla Williams all earned Scholastic All-America in 2012. Alabama also had a conference-record 17 gymnasts earn a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, bettering the previous mark set by the Tide in 2011.

Crimson Tide Honors

In addition to honoring its back-to-back national titles, the Crimson Tide handed out several individual accolades during the Championship Celebration. Senior Ashley Priess earned the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest honor, the Lewis Each Courage Award. She and senior Geralen Stack-Eaton and junior Ashley Sledge were voted tri-captains. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior managers Lauren Adair, Caleb Hooks and Russ Guin were presented with the David Dutton Memorial Award, given to those who go above and beyond for the gymnastics program. Assistant coach Dana Duckworth, cofounder of ReadBAMARead, earned the David DeSantis Community Service Award and Lance Hocutt, outgoing president of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booster organization the Medalist Club, was presented with the Pat Huet Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award.

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THE 2012 SEASON Team Results Date Jan. 13 Jan. 21

Ala. Rank No. 2 No. 5

Ala. Score 196.475 196.175

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Opponent (Opp. Rank) Opp. Score Georgia (9) 196.325 Penn State (9) 196.100 Michigan State 192.875 Cornell 188.850 Auburn (16) 196.250 Florida (3) 196.900 Kentucky (26) 194.700 Arkansas (5) 196.125 LSU (13) 196.575 Oklahoma (2) 197.300 Missouri (14) 195.375 North Carolina (37) 194.075 SEC Championships Florida (1) 197.150 Georgia (3) 196.575 LSU (8) 196.425 Kentucky (24) 194.350 Arkansas (10) 194.175 Auburn (14) 194.100 NCAA Seattle Regional LSU (9) 196.075 Washington (23) 195.825 Arizona (16) 195.075 Iowa (30) 194.600 Central Michigan (36) 194.150 .#!!#HAMPIONSHIP3EMIlNAL Florida 197.650 Arkansas 197.150 Ohio State 196.525 Georgia 196.500 Oregon State 196.475 NCAA Super Six Florida (1) 197.775 UCLA (2) 197.750 Stanford (10) 197.500 Utah (7) 197.375 Arkansas (8) 196.300

Att. 14,501 3,016

Site Tuscaloosa, Ala. State College, Pa.

7,299 12,457 1,644 15,075 4,013 2,139 12,936 9,165 7,170

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Individual Results Becca Alexin Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU Missouri North Carolina Career Best

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V 9.825 9.850 9.850 9.825 9.750 9.900 9.775 9.875 9.800 9.825e 9.875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Â&#x2C6; --9.900

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Sarah DeMeo Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional .#!!3EMIlNALS NCAA Super Six Career Best

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Ria Domier Georgia @Quad Meet @Kentucky Arkansas Career Best

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Lindsey Fowler Florida @Kentucky North Carolina Career Best

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Marissa Gutierrez Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional NCAA Semifinals NCAA Super Six @NCAA Individuals Career Best

V 9.875 9.900 9.850 9.950 9.900 9.875 9.925 9.875 9.950 9.850 9.900 9.900 9.950 9.900 9.8063 9.950

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Kim Jacob Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional .#!!3EMIlNALS NCAA Super Six Career Best

V â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.750 9.775e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Â&#x2C6; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.825

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BUILT BY BAMA Diandra Milliner Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional .#!!3EMIlNALS NCAA Super Six @NCAAIndividuals Career Best

V 9.875 9.875 9.850 10.000 9.825 9.925 9.925 9.875 9.900 9.950 9.800 9.850  9.950 9.825 10.000

UB 9.100e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.750 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.800e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Â&#x2C6; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.825

BB 9.700 9.850 9.750 9.900 9.800 9.825 9.225 9.775 9.850 9.725 9.775 9.800  9.850 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.900

FX 9.700 9.825 9.650 9.900 9.800 9.925 9.900 9.825 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.825 9.775  9.900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.925

AA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 39.000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Â&#x2C6; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 39.450

Brooke Parker @Auburn Florida Arkansas @Oklahoma Missouri Career Best

V â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

UB 9.000e 9.600e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

BB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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AA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Ashley Priess Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional NCAA Semifinals NCAA Super Six NCAAIndividuals Career Best

V â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950 9.850 9.925 9.875 9.875 9.800 9.900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950

UB 9.875 9.850 9.925 9.875 9.825 9.900 9.875 9.875 9.850 9.900 9.875 9.875 9.900 9.875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.925

BB 9.850 9.775 9.925 9.900 9.625 9.925 9.925 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.875 9.925 9.700 9.875 9.950 9.950 9.850 9.950

FX 9.900 9.225 9.775 9.900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950 9.800 9.825 9.875 9.875 9.900 9.725 9.825 9.850 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950

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Ashley Sledge Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn Florida @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional .#!!3EMIlNALS NCAA Super Six Career Best

V 9.975 9.925 9.925 9.850 9.850 9.875 9.875 9.875 9.725 9.875 9.875 9.850  9.875 9.975

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Geralen Stack-Eaton V Georgia 10.000 @Quad Meet 9.875 Florida 9.925 @Kentucky 9.775 Arkansas 9.950 @LSU 9.750 @Oklahoma 9.950 Missouri 9.825 North Carolina 9.825 SEC Champs. 9.725 NCAA Regional 9.850 NCAA Semifinals 9.800 NCAA Super Six 9.975 @NCAAIndividuals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Career Best 10.000

UB 9.875 9.575 9.825 9.850 9.900 9.875 9.900 9.900 9.800 9.900 9.900 9.900 9.875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.925

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Rachel Terry @Kentucky North Carolina Career Best

UB 9.625e 9.625e 9.875

BB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

FX â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.850

AA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Hannah Toussaint V @Kentucky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Career Best â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

UB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

BB FX 8.925e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.875 9.875

AA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Kayla Williams Georgia @Quad Meet @Auburn @Kentucky Arkansas @LSU @Oklahoma Missouri North Carolina SEC Champs. NCAA Regional NCAA Semifinals NCAA Super Six Career Best

UB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

BB â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.850e 9.900 9.800 9.825 9.900 9.900 9.900

AA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

V â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.900

V 9.800 9.800 9.850 9.750 9.875 9.800 9.825e 9.850e 9.875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.800 9.850 9.900 9.900

FX â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Team Scores

Vault Georgia 49.550 @Quad Meet 49.425 @Auburn 49.325 Florida 49.600 @Kentucky 49.100 Arkansas 49.525 @LSU 49.300 @Oklahoma 49.525 Missouri 49.325 North Carolina 49.475 @SEC Championships 49.325 @NCAA Regionals 49.325 .#!!3EMIlNAL  @NCAA Super Six 49.625 Season Best 49.625

Bars 48.625 49.075 48.975 49.250 49.000 49.300 49.150 49.450 49.350 49.275 49.275 49.350  49.275 49.450

Season High Scores Gymnast Becca Alexin Kaitlyn Clark Sarah DeMeo Lindsey Fowler Lora Leigh Frost Marissa Gutierrez Kim Jacob Diandra Milliner Brooke Parker Ashley Priess Ashley Sledge Geralen Stack-Eaton Kayla Williams TEAM TOTALS

V â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950 9.750 10.000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.950 9.975 10.000 9.900 49.625

Beam 49.100 48.725 49.200 49.425 48.850 49.225 49.350 48.925 49.325 49.525 48.825 49.225 49.600 49.500 49.600

UB BB 9.825 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.900 9.600 9.875 9.950 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.875 9.875 9.900 9.750 9.900 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.925 9.950 9.925 9.850 9.900 9.950 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9.900 49.450 49.600

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Totals 196.475 196.175 196.325 197.725 196.000 197.650 197.025 197.150 197.175 197.625 196.775 197.025 197.675 197.850 197.850

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NCAA Championships Scores Â&#x2021;$SULO_'XOXWK*D

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SUPER SIX TEAM FINAL Alabama Florida UCLA Stanford Utah Arkansas

Vault 49.625 49.475 49.525 49.550 49.400 49.450

Bars 49.275 49.425 49.475 49.350 49.300 49.175

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; PRELIMINARIES AFTERNOON SESSION UCLA Utah Stanford Oklahoma Nebraska LSU

Vault 49.275 49.525 49.300 49.125 49.225 49.250

Bars 49.450 49.225 49.300 49.225 49.150 48.950

EVENING SESSION Alabama Florida Arkansas Ohio State Georgia Oregon State

Vault 49.400 49.575 49.275 49.175 49.600 49.050

Bars 49.400 49.450 49.275 48.975 49.400 49.150

Beam 49.500 49.475 49.400 49.325 49.350 49.225

Floor 49.450 49.400 49.350 49.275 49.325 48.450

Totals 197.850 197.775 197.750 197.500 197.375 196.300

Beam 49.325 49.175 49.375 49.325 49.000 49.250

Floor 49.350 49.275 49.150 49.250 49.250 49.100

Totals 197.400 197.200 197.125 196.925 196.625 196.550

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Floor 49.275 49.275 49.150 49.150 49.225 48.975

Totals 197.675 197.650 197.150 196.525 196.500 196.475

Floor 49.125 49.050 48.875 48.875 48.600 48.150

Totals 197.025 196.075 195.825 195.075 194.600 194.150

NCAA Regional Championships Scores Â&#x2021;$SULO_6HDWWOH:DVK Alabama LSU Washington Arizona Iowa Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;trl Michigan

Vault 49.325 49.000 49.200 49.100 48.625 48.650

Bars 49.350 48.925 49.075 48.100 48.950 49.025

Beam 49.225 49.100 48.675 49.000 48.425 48.325

SEC Championships Scores Â&#x2021;0DUFK_'XOXWK*D Florida Alabama Georgia LSU Kentucky Arkansas Auburn

Vault 49.525 49.325 49.175 49.375 49.000 49.050 48.900

Bars 49.375 49.275 49.200 48.900 48.575 48.850 48.825

Beam 49.050 48.825 49.050 49.000 48.725 48.700 48.675

Floor 49.200 49.350 49.150 49.150 48.050 47.575 47.700

Totals 197.150 196.775 196.575 196.425 194.350 194.175 194.100

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CHAMPIONS

CRIMSON TIDE HISTORY: A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A LEGACY OF CHAMPIONS It started quietly. The University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand-new gymnastics VTXDGXQGHUWKHGLUHFWLRQRI 5LNL 6XWWRQWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUFDPHWRJHWKHU in the fall of 1974 and would FRPSHWHIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQ-DQXDU\ RI 7KDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDPĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG third at the state championships and sixth at the regionals. Through the Ă&#x20AC;UVWIRXUVHDVRQVRI WKHSURJUDP there are four different coaches and QRZLQQLQJVHDVRQVDQGWKHUHLVWDON about discontinuing the program. 7KDWWDONZLOOFRPHWRDQDEUXSW halt soon though, because things are about to get better for the young program, much, much better. In the summer of 1978, ´*UHDVHÂľUHLJQHGDWWKHER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FH DQG$%%$¡V´7DNHD&KDQFHRQ 0HÂľĂ&#x20AC;OOHGGDQFHĂ RRUVFRDVWWRFRDVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laverne and Shirleyâ&#x20AC;? was the most popular TV series on the air, though it was in re-runs. It is the summer of 1978 and things are about to turn around for the Crimson Tide, because Sarah Patterson has said yes. 82

She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask about salary, or facilities or equipment. When the letter came asking if she would be Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head coach, Patterson, all of 22 years old and just out of Slippery Rock State College, gave the Crimson Tide an emphatic and unequivocal â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;?  +HUĂ&#x20AC;UVWPRYHDV$ODEDPD¡VFRDFKZDV to hire David Patterson, coming out of his freshman year as a Crimson Tide diver, as an assistant coach. The couple, married in 1984, then turned to the task at hand, taking a team without a winning season and creating a juggernaut that has performed at the highest conceivable level for three decades. Fast foward 34 years and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing with the Starsâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Familyâ&#x20AC;? are keeping everyone glued to the TV set while â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengersâ&#x20AC;? reigns supreme at WKHER[RIĂ&#x20AC;FH2QWKHUDGLRWKHODGLHVUXOHWKH chart with Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift topping the music charts. And Ă&#x20AC;QGVWKHOLWWOHSURJUDPWKDWFRXOGQ¡WTXLWH Ă&#x20AC;QGLWVIHHWEHIRUH6DUDKDQG'DYLG3DWWHUVRQ came along has won six NCAA championships, seven Southeastern Conference crowns, 27 NCAA Regional titles, 23 individual NCAA championships and earned 277 All-America honors. The adventures along the way came fast and furious. Sarah found herself explaining to her boss Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? Bryant, the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary football coach and athletics director, why a wrestling mat with a hole in the middle ZRXOGQ¡WGRDVDĂ RRUH[HUFLVHPDW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I explained what we needed,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Bryant told coach Sam Bailey (Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right-hand man administratively) to get us what we needed. Coach Bryant wanted all our sports to be winners and he was willing to provide us with the tools.â&#x20AC;? And the facilities that Sarah hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t asked about when taking the job, started as Foster Auditorium, where the Tide shared its practice space with the volleyball team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was interesting,â&#x20AC;? David Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every once in a while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a stray volleyball come zinging through practice. Before every practice weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to set up all

the equipment and the mats and at the end of every practice weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to break it all down again.â&#x20AC;? Things progressed quickly though. Their Ă&#x20AC;UVWVHDVRQ6DUDKDQG'DYLGVFRXUHGWKH dorms on campus looking for anyone with WXPEOLQJH[SHULHQFHMXVWVRWKH\FRXOGĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHLU lineup. They were though, doing some far more LPSRUWDQWUHFUXLWLQJIDUWKHUDĂ&#x20AC;HOG  ,QVLJQLQJWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWFODVV6DUDKDQG'DYLG made one basic promise to their recruits. They promised the freshmen of 1980 that they would go to the national championships.  ´7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHDOGHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJPRPHQWRI RXU SURJUDPZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUZHZHQWWR1&$$VÂľ 6DUDKVDLG´2XUĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHFUXLWLQJFODVVZDVLQ their senior year. We had promised them that we would make it to NCAAs. In their junior \HDUZHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKDQGWKH\WRRNWHDPV At the end of 1982, we all knew that we had RQH\HDUWRIXOĂ&#x20AC;OORXUFRPPLWPHQWWRWKHVH ladies. Seeing it happen their senior year, making it to the NCAA Championships â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been prouder.â&#x20AC;?  2QHSURPLVHIXOĂ&#x20AC;OOHGDQGDQRWKHUJRDO on the horizon. Sarah and David built their program, almost from scratch on the simple premise that Alabama would develop the whole person instead of just the athlete. From the beginning, Patterson-coached studentathletes excelled not only in the gym, but in the classroom as well. And beyond that, they developed lives outside of both. By the mid-1980s, the Pattersons began to wonder if their system would take the Tide to a national championship. They began to wonder if the Tide could truly have the best of all worlds. The answer came as another emphatic yes in ZKHQWKH7LGHZRQLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW6RXWKHDVWHUQ Conference and NCAA championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;88, I think sometimes we looked back and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Maybe you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have this philosophy of developing the whole person and be number one.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; When we won, it was a validation of that philosophy. We could do it this way and be successful on all fronts. We may not win every year, but we will be successful.â&#x20AC;?  $QGMXVWWRSURYHWKDWZDVQRĂ XNH the Pattersons led the Tide to NCAA titles

in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011 and 2012. Under their direction, Alabama is the only gymnastics program to win NCAA championships in four different decades. Everything else has progressed as well. Alabama is also one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top academic programs, earning a national-best 12 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and over 246 SEC Academic Honor Roll honors. And long gone are the days of stray volleyballs Ă \LQJWKURXJKSUDFWLFH6LQFHWKH7LGH has trained in a state-of-the art practice facility dedicated to gymnastics alone. The fanbase has grown by leaps and bounds. Alabama gymnastics is one of the top draws in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collegiate athletics, averaging a school and SEC-record 13,786 fans in 2010 and ranked second in the nation for all womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports in 2011 and third in 2012. That wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always the case, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the early days, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have three dozen people and two dozen would be Ann Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. Most importantly to the Pattersons is that the student-athletes who helped turn Alabama into a national powerhouse have themselves developed into outstanding women making a difference in the world around them. The 7LGH¡VDOOWLPHURVWHULVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKGRFWRUV lawyers, mothers and executives all excelling at the highest level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so proud of all the ladies who have come through our program and every championship won and every honor earned,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But more than anything, we are proud of the tremendously rich and full lives they go on to lead after graduation. To have been a small part of their success is a great thrill.â&#x20AC;? That attitude has created more than one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best overall athletic programs, it has built a family that stretches back to the class of 1979 and up through the freshmen of 2012. And that mindset gives credence to another top song from 1978 by Sister Sledge, one that sums XSWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDUVRI $ODEDPDJ\PQDVWLFV under Sarah and David Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are family â&#x20AC;Ś I got all my sisters and meâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;?

ALABAMA GYMNASTICS


BUILT BY BAMA

GREAT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HISTORY O of the One greatest legacies in ccollegiate athletics continues when on July 1, 2012, Sarah and David Patterson begin their 35th year coaching the Alabama gymnastics team. They are the longest-tenured coaches in Alabama athletics history and own six NCAA championships and 30 consecutive NCAA Championships appearances. Together, the Pattersons have won NCAA championships in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as well as two already the SWITHTHElRSTBACK to-back national titles of their careers coming in 2011 and 2012.

A leading the Alabama gymnastics program After to numerous titles, both team and individual, on the national, regional and conference level, the UUniversity of Alabama bestows a singular honor on the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary head gymnastics coach when the Board of Trustees announce on June 15, 2012 that it will name the newly approved Champions Plaza for Sarah Patterson. The plaza, which will be located in front of Coleman Coliseum, will include brick and precision concrete walls and will honor each of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity sports and their history. There will be special recognition of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA and SEC championship teams, as well as every Crimson Tide teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.

Geralen Stack-Eaton closes out her amazing Crimson Tide career by winning her second individual NCAA championship and Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd overall on April 22, 2012, by taking top honors on the balance beam. The Horsham, Pa., native ALSOlNISHESSECONDON THEmOOREXERCISEAFTER winning the event in 2011. She is the sixth Alabama gymnast to win multiple national titles and the fourth to win NCAA gold on two different apparatus.

)NASCENARIOTHATFEELSFAMILIAR !LABAMAGOESINTOTHElNAL rotation of the NCAA Championships on April 21, 2012, within .025 of the Florida Gators, with one team headed TOTHEBALANCEBEAMANDTHEOTHERTOTHEmOOREXERCISE "UTUNLIKETHEYEARBEFORE WHEN!LABAMAlNISHEDOFFITSlFTH.#!! TITLEONTHEmOOREXERCISETOBEAT5#,! THISTIMEITWASTHE#RIMSON Tide headed to the beam and instead of leading by .025, as it had in 2011, Alabama trailed Florida by the smallest margin possible. The lNALOUTCOMEWASTHESAMETHOUGH AS!LABAMAPOSTEDATO beat the Gators by .075 and third-place UCLA by a tenth of a point, THESMALLESTMARGINBETWEENlRSTANDTHIRDIN.#!!HISTORY)TMARKS THElRSTTIMETHAT!LABAMAHASWONBACK TO BACKNATIONALTITLES4HE Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory is assured by senior Ashley Priess, who scores a 9.95 in THECHAMPIONSHIPSlNALROUTINE)TWASAlTTINGlNISHFORTHE7HEATON  Ill., native who was sidelined during Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 championship run following surgery on both ankles. Led by senior Geralen Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career-best 39.700 all-around score, Alabama posts the highest SCORESOFTHENIGHTONTHEVAULT mOOREXERCISEANDOFCOURSEBALANCE beam. A total of eight UA gymnasts earn 16 All-America honors, led by Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four honors and three by Priess. Junior Marissa Gutierrez and sophomores Kim Jacob and Diandra Milliner earn a pair of AllAmerica honors while junior Ashley Sledge, sophomore Sarah DeMeo and freshman Kayla Williams earn one each. Senior Rachel Terry, junior Becca Alexin, sophomores Olivia Carisella, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler and Hannah Toussaint, and freshmen Kaitlyn Clark, Hunter Dennis, Lora Leigh Frost and Brooke Parker round out Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship team.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HISTORY When Rachel Terry accepts the NCAA Elite 89 Award on April 19, 2012, during the NCAA Championships banquet in $ULUTH 'A SHEBECAMETHElRSTGYMNAST to earn the award twice. The Hoover, Ala., nativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-year reign in 2011 and 2012 also keeps the award, which is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average PARTICIPATINGATTHElNALSSITEFOREACH of the NCAA championships, exclusive to the Crimson Tide after Kassi Price won the inaugural award in 2010. Terry, who carried a perfect 4.0 GPA for her career, graduated from the Capstone with a degree in early childhood education in May 2012, as both an All-American and Scholastic All-American. Every year, athletics directors around the country select the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top senior student-athletes, regardless of gender or NCAA division, and honor them with the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Award. On November 1, 2011, the NCAA announces that Kayla Hoffman is the fourth Crimson Tide gymnast to earn the award, which recognizes senior student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility for their success in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

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On her way to being one of the most decorated studentathletes in Alabama history, Kayla Hoffman adds SEC Female Athlete of the Year honors to her resume when SEC Commissioner Mike Slive hands her the honor at the SEC Legends Dinner on December 2, 2011. She is the lFTH#RIMSON4IDEGYMNAST and sixth Alabama athlete to earn the award.

Al Already named the Bryant Award Winner, ggiven annually to the athletic departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ttop student-athlete, the SEC Gymnast of the Year, the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of Ye the Year and the NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year, Kayla Hoffman adds to her growing list of honors on June 9, 2011, when she not only earns First Team Academic All-America honors, but is also honored as the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year. Hoffman is the second Alabama gymnast to earn the accolade, joining 2004 honoree Stephanie Kite.

Ka Hoffman reaps the rewards of a truly remarkable senior season when she Kayla is named the 2011 Honda Award winner on April 27, 2011. She is the sixth UA ggymnast to win the honor that annually recognizes the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best gymnast.

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An extraordinary weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, turns golden all over again on AApril 17, 2011, when Geralen Stack-Eaton follows up the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team win the day before with the NCAA Floor Exercise Championship. te It is the juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth postseason title of the year and Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd individual national title.

On March 19, 2011, Kayla Hoffman kicks her senior season into high gear WHENSHEBECOMESTHElRSTSTUDENT ATHLETEINLEAGUEHISTORYTOWINBOTH W SSEC Gymnast of the Year and the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the same season. Ye

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Alabama goes into THElNALROTATION of the NCAA Championships leading UCLA by the slightest of margins and comes out on the other side as national champions on April 16, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio. Alabama starts the meet with the highest scoring vault rotation of the day ANDlNISHESWITHTHEHIGHEST mOOREXERCISESCORELEDBYJUNIOR Geralen Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9.925 and senior Kayla Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  THETWOHIGHESTmOOR scores of the meet. Leading the Bruins by just .025 going INTOTHElNALROTATION !LABAMA ends up winning by more than a quarter of a point, posting a 197.650, its second-highest score of the season, to UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 197.375. In addition to giving !LABAMAITSlFTH.#!!TITLE THE victory, coming on the heels of SEC and NCAA Regional titles, also caps the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second championship â&#x20AC;&#x153;triple crown.â&#x20AC;? Seven Alabama gymnasts earn 13 All-America honors led by Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four honors and Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three. Freshman Kim Jacob earns a pair of All-America honors while sophomores Marissa Gutierrez and Ashley Sledge along with rookies Sarah DeMeo and Diandra Milliner all earn one each. Seniors Alyssa Chapman and Megan Mashburn, juniors Rachel Terry and Ashley Priess, sophomore Becca Alexin and freshmen Olivia Carisella, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Jordan Moore and Hannah Toussaint are also part of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship team.

On March 19, 2011, for the ssecond time in three years aand seventh time overall, th the Alabama Crimson Tide raises the Southeastern Conference Championship trophy aloft. Starting on the uneven bars, Alabama got better with every rotation and was led by junior Geralen Stack-Eaton, who won the balance beam and mOOREXERCISETITLES ANDSENIOR Kayla Hoffman, who won the vault title with a 9.95. In addition to Stack-Eaton and Hoffman, who both EARNEDlRSTTEAM!LL 3%#HONORS  sophomores Marissa Gutierrez and Ashley Sledge both earn second team honors while rookies Sarah DeMeo, Kim Jacob and Diandra Milliner earn both second team and SEC AllFreshman accolades. Seniors Alyssa Chapman and Megan Mashburn, juniors Rachel Terry and Ashley Priess, sophomore Becca Alexin, and freshmen Olivia Carisella, Ria Domier, Lindsey Fowler, Jordan Moore and Hannah Toussaint round out the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship roster.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HISTORY -ORETHAN FANSCAMETOTHE#RIMSON4IDESlRST0OWEROF0INKMEETINFOLLOWEDBYAN!LABAMAAND 3%#RECORD FANSTHENEXTYEAR4HATSECOND0OWEROF0INKMEETALSOSAWTHElRSTCHECKPRESENTATIONTO THE$#("REAST#ANCER&UNDn !FASTlVEYEARSLATER THEPROCEEDSOFTHE4USCALOOSA4OYOTA$#( &OUNDATION'OLF#LASSICANDTHElFTH.ITEONTHE'REENFUNDRAISERSIN/CTOBERPUSHTHE$#("REAST#ANCER&UNDTOA major milestone. On Feb. 19, 2011, prior to the start of the seventh annual Power of Pink meet, a check for $1 million dollars, representing the total raised for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund since its inception, is presented to the DCH Foundation in front of 14,000-plus cheering fans.

Kassi Price, who earned countless academic honors during her Crimson Tide career, takes home the inaugural NCAA Elite 88 Award on April 24, 2010. The honor, which Sarah Patterson called the culminating honor of Priceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career, is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the lNALSSITEFOREACHOFTHE.#!!SCHAMPIONSHIPS0RICERECEIVESTHE award at the NCAA Championship Awards Brunch, during which she is also recognized with her third uneven bars All-American honor. )NANOTHERlRST +ASSI0RICEBECOMESTHElRST!LABAMA student-athlete to earn a place on the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large Team three times in a CAREERWHENSHEISNAMEDTOTHElRSTTEAMONMay 20, 2010. The at-large team spans 13 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports, including bowling, ROWING FENCING lELDHOCKEY GOLF GYMNASTICS ICEHOCKEY  LACROSSE RImE SKIING SWIMMINGANDDIVING TENNISANDWATER polo.

It has become such a CCrimson Tide habit that ititâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubtful many fans noticed when on April 10, 2010, Alabama passed another milestone, winning its 25th NCAA Regional title. On the way to the victory, which propelled the Tide to its 28th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, UA gymnasts swept the individual events with sophomores Geralen Stack-Eaton and Ashley 0RIESSTAKINGlRSTANDSECOND respectively in the all-around. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional title total ranks as the best in the nation. Only four times since NCAA competition began in 1982, has Alabama not won a regional team title, and all four times the Tide was second.

&ORGEDINTHElREOFATOUGHREGULARSEASON !LABAMASTEAMSTARTS to peak at just the right time and on March 21, 2009, with a total team performance, Alabama wins its sixth Southeastern Conference Championship. The Crimson Tide starts the meet in Nashville, Tenn. withh THEBESTVAULTSCOREOFTHEMEETANDNEVERLETSUP lNISHINGOFFWITHA TO beat second-place Georgia by nearly four-tenths of a point. Junior Morgan Dennis OPENSTHEMEETBYWINNINGTHE3%#VAULTTITLEANDlNISHESOFFTHE4IDESTITLEWITH AWINONTHEmOOREXERCISE3HEEARNS!LL 3%#HONORSFORTHETHIRDYEARINAROW Junior Ricki Lebegern, sophomore Kayla Hoffman and freshman Ashley Priess all earn second team All-SEC honors while rookies Priess, Geralen Stack-Eaton and Caitlin Sullivan make up more than half of the SEC All-Freshman list. Seniors Brittany Magee, Amanda Montgomery and Ashley Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neal, juniors Alyssa Chapman, Casey Overton, Kassi Price and Jacqueline Shealy, sophomore Megan Mashburn along with freshmen Jocelyn Fowler, Erika Pearson and Rachel Terry all do their part to bring home the big trophy to Tuscaloosa.

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BUILT BY BAMA "EINGlRSTISNOTNEWTO"ARBARA-ACK(ARDING!SAN!LABAMAGYMNASTINTHEEARLYS SHEWASTHElRST ANDTODATEONLY  FRESHMANTOBECHOSENCAPTAINOFA3ARAH0ATTERSONCOACHEDTEAM3HEALSOLED!LABAMATOITSlRST.#!!CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCEASASOPHOMOREIN(ARDINGWASAMONG!LABAMASlRST!LL !MERICANSAND.#!!2EGIONALAND3%# Champions. And on September 6, 2008 SHELEDTHEWAYAGAIN BECOMINGTHElRSTFEMALETOBEHONOREDWITHTHE0AUL7"RYANTT Alumni-Athlete Award, which recognizes those outstanding alumni whose accomplishments since leaving the Capstone represent excellence in the areas of character, contributions to society, professional achievement and service to their community. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t THElRSTTIMETHAT(ARDINGWASHONOREDWITHANAWARDBEARINGTHENAMEOF!LABAMASLEGENDARYFOOTBALLCOACH WHOWONSIX national championships with the Crimson Tide during his 25-year Alabama career. She was the inaugural winner of the Paul W. Bryant Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior in 1985. A Alabama caps the 2007 season with a ppair of individual NCAA championships oon April 26, 2007, when junior Terin Humphrey and freshman Morgan Dennis take home the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top prize on the uneven bars and mOOREXERCISE RESPECTIVELY(UMPHREY WHOALSOWON the 2005 NCAA Uneven Bars title, is the sixth Tide gymnast to win multiple national championships. $ENNISBECOMESTHElFTH!LABAMAGYMNASTTOWIN an NCAA title as a rookie. It is the sixth year in a row that Alabama has won at least one individual NCAA title.

es Already a legend, Ashley Miles secures her legacy on April rd 22, 2006, by winning her third NCAA vault championship, making her only the second gymnast in NCAA history, and OWINATRIOOF lRSTINMORETHANYEARS TOWINATRIOOF CAREER WITH FOUR VAULTTITLES3HElNISHEDHERCAREERWITHFOUR ng her for third in individual national titles, tying NCAA history.

T came in droves to support Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power of Pink They initiative and they brought their friends, and on January 20, 2006, for in only the second time in school history, an Alabama gymnastics meet on sells out, drawing a Southeastern Conference and Alabama record 15,162 fans to Coleman Coliseum. It is the largest collegiate gymnastics crowd in the nation since 1993 and the third largest all-time. Everyone at the UA-Florida gymnastics meet, both teams included, wears pink in support of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive 4 the Cause.â&#x20AC;? The meet RAISESAWARENESSFORTHElGHTAGAINSTBREASTCANCER

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Doing the amazing is nothing new for Ashley Miles, and so no one is surprised when on March 25, 2006, she becomes es THElRSTGYMNASTIN3OUTHEASTERN RN Conference history to win the same event four years in a row TAKINGHOMETHE3%#mOOREXERCISE CISE TITLE3HElNISHESHERCAREERWITH TH 20 individual postseason titles, including four NCAA championships, ships, six SEC titles and 10 NCAA Regional ional championships.

Wh Alabama sells out its 2008 meeting with When GGeorgia, it is exciting, but nothing new. The TTide has sold out one meet each of the two previous seasons and three times prior to the pr 2008 season, but on Feb. 8, 2008, the Crimson Tide once again makes history by selling out its second meet in as many weeks with 15,075 on hand to see Alabama take on Arkansas. The Tide, one of only two schools to draw more than 12,000 for a single meet, becomes the lRSTPROGRAMINCOLLEGIATEGYMNASTICSHISTORYTOHAVE 15,000-plus fans at two meets in a single season.

On May 3, 2006, Ashley shley Miles wins Alab Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth Honda Award, ccapping a senior season eason that includes her fourth NCAA title with the nnational gymnast of the year award. A month later, she becomes a toplNALISTFORTHE(ONDA "RODERICK#UP GIVENANNUALLYTOTHENATIONSTOP l NDA "RODERICK#UP GGIVENANNUALLYTOTHENATIONSTOP female athletes. She he receives her Honda Hondda Award in front of 92,000-plus fans at half time me of an Alabama football foootball game.

2005, On Octoberr 29, 2005, Reeeser caps off Michelle Reeser her Crimsonn Tide career hoonored at the by being honored NCAA Woman Womaan of the Year Banquet in Indianapolis. She is the fourth Alabama f gymnast to be named a top-10 lNALISTFORTHEHONORANDTHENINTHTOBE lNALISTFORTTHEHONORANDTHENINTHTOBE honored as a state winner. As a senior, Reeser earned earnned All-America honors on the balancee beam and was named the SEC Gymnastics Gym mnastics ScholarAthlete of the the Year.

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A Ashley Miles had scored other 10s, aand sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d even scored 10s at the NCAA Championships before, but NC none were as dramatic as her back-to-back 10s on April 22, 2005, during the NCAA Super Six Team Final, when the San Antonio, Texas NATIVEPOSTSPERFECTMARKSONTHEmOOREXERCISE and vault, leading Alabama to a second-place TEAMlNISH

Not only will Kristin Sterner graduate with three championship rings, including one for the 2002 NCAA championship and one each for the 2000 and 2003 Southeastern Conference titles, but she will also earn 11 All-America honors, serve as the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain as a junior and senior and post a 3.9 grade-point average in biology during her standout career. Such excellence is recognized on May 29, 2003, when Sterner is named the Southeastern Conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It marks the third time in school history that an Alabama gymnast has earned this award, with Sterner joining Julie Estin (1987) and Meredith Willard (1997). Sterner will also earn the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award, making her the third Alabama gymnast to do so, joining Willard (1997) and AndreĂŠ Pickens (2002).

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On August 22, 2004, freshman-to-be Terin Humphrey, who had already helped guide the United States w to a silver medal in the team competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics, earns a silver of her own on 20 the uneven bars. When she joins the Crimson Tide on Dec. 26, 2004, after traveling with the T.J. Maxx Tour of #HAMPIONSTHROUGHTHEFALL SHEBECOMESTHE4IDESlRST /LYMPIANANDlRST/LYMPICMEDALIST(UMPHREYKEEPS THINGSROLLINGALONGINTHATlRSTSEASONWITHTHE4IDE  winning the NCAA Uneven Bars Championship.

In a show of overwhelming generosity, businessman Steve Smith makes a $1 million gift to the Crimson Tradition Fund in honor of his mother, a life-long Alabama fan who â&#x20AC;&#x153;never misses a home gymnastics meet.â&#x20AC;? In honor of his donation, the University of Alabama gymnastics practice facility, part of the Coleman Coliseum Annex, is dedicated the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frances Smith Gymnastics Practice Facilityâ&#x20AC;? on November 5, 2004. On January 12, 2003, AndreĂŠ Pickens caps a careerr that is second to none with the most prestigious award given ven by the NCAA. The 14-time All-American and two-time NCAA AA champion is chosen as one of the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII, an award ward that spans both men and women as well as all sports and nd divisions of the NCAA. Not only is Pickens chosen for this award, shee is also asked to give the keynote address, delivering a speech that at brings those gathered at the NCAA Convention to their feet.

Jeana Rice won six postseason titles as a senior, including a clean sweep of the Southeastern Conference, NCAA West Regional and NCAA All-Around Championships and lNISHESHERCAREERWITHAN.#!! record 18 All-America honors. For all that she accomplished, on April 23, 2004, Rice is named the 2004 Honda Award Winner given annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best gymnast. It marks the lFTHTIMEAN!LABAMAGYMNASTEARNS that recognition. She is also named SEC â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athlete of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? by the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletics directors. On April 17, 2004, Ashley Miles BECOMESTHElRST#RIMSON4IDE gymnast to defend an NCAA vault title. For good measure, she throws in the NCAA Floor Exercise title as well. Miles becomes the lRST!LABAMAGYMNASTTOWINTWO different NCAA apparatus titles in the same season. In addition to WINNINGTHE.#!!mOOREXERCISE crown, Miles repeats as SEC and .#!!2EGIONALmOOREXERCISE champion. On March 8, 2003, Sarah Patterson is inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. She is just the sixth woman ever elected to the hall and the lRSTFEMALECOACHh)TSMYNAMETHEYREGOINGTOCALL out,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said of the honor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But as anybody who has followed our program knows, it is honoring what David and I have accomplished together.â&#x20AC;? The induction comes on the heels of the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth NCAA championship under the Pattersons and Sarah Patterson being named National Coach of the Year for a fourth time. )TPRECEDES!LABAMAWINNINGITSlFTH3%#CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERTHE0ATTERSONSANDPOSTINGITSTHTOP lNISHAT THE.#!!#HAMPIONSHIPS WHERETHE4IDElNISHESSECOND

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BUILT BY BAMA After wowing fans throughout the season with her soaring vaults, on April 26, 2003, freshman Ashley Miles impresses the toughest crowd of all by winning THE#RIMSON4IDESlRSTNATIONALVAULTCROWN  SCORINGAONHERlRSTVAULTANDAON her second to secure the NCAA championship in Lincoln, Neb. Miles had already scored two 10.0s in NCAA Championship competition, winning the .#!!#ENTRAL2EGIONmOOREXERCISETITLEWITHA PERFECTMARKANDSCORINGADURINGTHElRST night of the NCAA team competition.

AndreĂŠ Pickens wins her second NCAA championship and the 13th in Alabama An hhistory on April 20, 2002. It is her 12th routine in three days and the Houston, 44EXASNATIVEISEXHAUSTED BUTSHElNDSTHEENERGYFORONEMOREROUTINE THELAST of her career, and makes it count. The 14-time All-America and winner of both the AAI American Award and the Honda Award for Gymnastics, scores a 9.925 to win. With a tired wave to a crowd that is giving her a standing ovation, Pickens closes out a career that was legendary even before she won the title. SSenior AndreĂŠ Pickens has the most dominating performance in Southeastern CConference Championship history on March 23, 2002, when she wins four of the llVEINDIVIDUALTITLESUPFORGRABSTHATNIGHTAT"ARTOW!RENA.OTONLYISSHETHElRST gymnast to win four SEC titles in one year, she also earns her third SEC Gymnast of the Year honor. Pickens becomes the only gymnast to win the award more than once. She lNISHESHERCAREERWITHSEVEN3%#TITLES INCLUDINGTWOALL AROUNDS THE3%##OMMUNITY Service Postgraduate Scholarship and the SEC Athlete of the Year award.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 15, 2003, and Alabama wins Southeastern Conference title No. 5 in a competition that comes down to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last competitor on the last event, clipping second-place Georgia 197.275-197.225. Junior Jeana Rice wins the all-around, balance beam and uneven bars and is named SEC Gymnast of the Year, marking the fourth year in a row an Alabama athlete has won the award. &RESHMAN!SHLEY-ILESPOSTSAmOOREXERCISEROUTINETHATNOTONLYCLINCHESTHE4IDESTITLEBUTWINS the event and earns her All-SEC honors as well. Freshman Larissa Stewart posts a career best on the uneven bars, earning second team All-SEC honors in the process and sophomore Michelle Reeserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadoff balance beam routine earns her second team All-SEC honors on that event. Senior Kristin Sterner, juniors Lauren Holdefer and Stephanie Kite, sophomores Alexis Brion and Shannon Hrozek and freshmen Mari Bayer, Rachael Delahoussaye, Dana Filetti, Dana Pierce and Lauren Pruitt all do their part to bring home the big trophy to Tuscaloosa.

Alabama rolls to NCAA championship No. 4 on April 19, 2002, in Coleman Coliseum with a rocksolid performance on all four events, especially the balance beam, WHERETHE4IDElNISHED off the meet (and all the other teams) for the fourth time in a row. Senior AndreĂŠ Pickens posts the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top all-around score and EARNSlVE!LL !MERICA honors in leading the Tide to victory. In all, Alabama earns a meet-high 14 All-America honors with sophomore Jeana Rice earning three, junior Kristin Sterner and sophomore Alexis Brion taking two a piece while senior Natalie Barrington and freshman Shannon Hrozek earn one each. Seniors Alexa Martinez, Whitney Morgan and Raegan Tomasek, junior Sara Scarborough, sophomores Helen Burgin, Tiffany Byrd, Erin Holdefer, Lauren Holdefer and Stephanie Kite and freshman Michelle Reeser round out the championship roster.

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A Alabama travels to Gainesville for the 2000 Southeastern Conference CChampionship and falls into a groove that carries it through a dominating performance to win SEC title No. 3 on March 18, 2000. do Sophomore AndreĂŠ Pickens wins the vault, uneven bars and all-around titles and ISNAMED3%#'YMNASTOFTHE9EAR3HEANDFRESHMAN+RISTIN3TERNEREARNlRST team All-SEC honors, while juniors Katie Hornecker and Dara Stewart (pictured above with their championship rings) along with sophomore Natalie Barrington all earned second team All-SEC honors. Seniors Lexa Evans and Gina Logan, juniors Robin Hawkins, April Makinson and Lissy Smith, sophomores Krista Gole, Alexa Martinez, Whitney Morgan and Raegan Tomasek and freshman Sara Scarborough round out the championship roster.

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In a hint of the career to come, AndreĂŠ Pickens wins the NCAA Balance Beam Championship as a freshman on April 24, 1999, Ba CAPPINGACHAMPIONSHIPWHERESHEBECOMESTHElRSTFRESHMANIN.#!!HISTORY TOEARNlVE!LL !MERICAHONORS She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe ve it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check again,â&#x20AC;? n,â&#x20AC;? she admonishedd everyone within her grasp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been some kind of mistake,â&#x20AC;? she told old them. She tugged ed urgently at the sleeve of the nearest arest MEETOFlCIAL ASKING SKING him to check, then hen double check thee scores. There had ad been a mistake,, someone else was as supposed to be where she was. No mistake, the scores were right. ht. On Thursday, April pril 25, 1996, Meredith dith Willard, the ultimate mate team player in a SPORTlLLEDWITH individuals, hadd won the NCAA All-Around ound Championship.

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The shine on Meredith Willardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career, in and out of the gym, continues to grow. On January 11, 1998, the Clemmons, N.C., NATIVEBECOMESTHElRST Alabama athlete to earn the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Top VIII award, given annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top eight senior athletes regardless of gender, sport or division. The award encompasses athletics, academics and character.

O fan after another made their way into Coleman Coliseum on February 1, 1997, One UUNTILlNALLY JUSTBEFOREPMANDTHESTARTOFTHE!LABAMA 'EORGIAGYMNASTICS me meet, history is made and Alabama gymnastics sells out. A capacity crowd of 15,043 lLLS!LABAMASARENA)TISTHELARGESTCROWDTOEVERSEEAWOMENSATHLETICEVENTINTHESTATE of Alabama and the largest crowd to ever see an SEC gymnastics meet. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenge for the national record is foiled not by lack of fans, but lack of seats. Reportedly more than 400 fans were turned away from the doors of the Coliseum.

On Friday, April 26, 19 1996, paced by three individ individual NCAA champions and a program-record eight AllAmericans, the Tide pposts an NCAA 198.025 to win its Super Six record 198.0 second in the 1990s. third NCAA title, seco Senior Kim Kelly and jjuniors Meredith Willard and Stephanie Woods all earn individual NCAA titles. Junior sophomore Merritt Kim Bonaventura, sop Booth, Kelly, sophomore sophomo Danielle McAdams, sophomore Shay Murphy, Neubauer, Willard and senior Marna Neubau earn 18 All-America Woods combine to ear Heather Nasser and honors. Sophomore He Chapman, Lisa Gianni freshmen Mandy Cha round out Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Gwen Spidle roun championship roster.

Stephanie Woods knew that the uneven bars routine she had JUSTlNISHEDHADBEEN special, she just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if anyone else knew. It was the night of the EVENTlNALSATTHE.#!! Championships and she had just completed her routine. But the Austin, Texas, nativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling about her routine carried over to the judges, who knew they had seen something of championship caliber. On Saturday, April 27, 1996, Woods won the NCAA Uneven Bars Championship, etching her name in Crimson legend.

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BUILT BY BAMA )NTHElNALPERFORMANCEOFHER#RIMSON4IDECAREER ASTHEMUSICOFHERmOORROUTINEREACHED ITSlNALBEATANDTEARSSTREAMSDOWNHERFACE +IM+ELLYSSUCCESS STUDDEDCAREERTURNS golden. The King of Prussia, Pa., native wins the 1996 NCAA Floor Exercise Championship in front of the home crowd with a perfect 10.0 and an avalanche of applause. For Kelly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it ends on Saturday, April 27, 1996/NELASTmOORROUTINE PERFECTINEXECUTIONnAMOMENTIN TIMEnFORALLTIME lLLEDWITHTEARSOFJOYANDSADNESSnANDROLLSUPONROLLSOFCHEERS

NNo one could say that Dana Dobransky w was not a pressure player. Dobransky wins tw w NCAA balance beam titles during her two LE E LEGENDARY#RIMSON4IDECAREER4HElRSTTITLE ccomes in 1992 and the second, as a senior, in Corvallis, Ore. on April 17, 1993, with a pperfect 10.0. With her perfect performance, $$OBRANSKYBECOMESTHElRST4IDEGYMNASTTO re repeat as national champion on an individual eevent. She goes on to earn an NCAA and SSEC Postgraduate Scholarships, putting an eexclamation mark on one of the greatest ccareers in Crimson Tide history.

After three rotations of the 1995 Southeastern Conference Championships being held in 'AINESVILLE &LA THE#RIMSON4IDElNDTHEMSELVESINFOURTHPLACEWITHTHECHANCEFORATHIRD3%# Championship looking bleak. Fortunately, Alabama sees not a chance to give up, but a chance to make history. Alabama soars past Georgia, LSU and Florida on the strength of the best vault total in NCAA history on rotation No. 4 to win the SEC title on March 25, 1995. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 196.175 is just .05 in front of second-place LSU. Alabama counts nothing lower than a 9.900 on the way to setting the vault mark. Junior Kim Kelly hits a 10.0 to win the vault. Senior Chasity Junkin and freshman Merritt Booth both turn in career-high 9.975s on the vault. Sophomore Stephanie Woods wins the SEC uneven bars title. Junior Marna Neubauer, sophomores Kim Bonaventura and Meredith Willard, and freshmen Danielle McAdams, Shay Murphy and Heather Nasser all contribute to bringing SEC title No. 3 home to Tuscaloosa.

The theme of the 1991 NCAA Gymnastics Championships is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stars Fall on Alabamaâ&#x20AC;? and nothing could be closer to the truth as the host Crimson Tide use a slew of talented ladies on April 19, 1991, to keep the championship in Tuscaloosa. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 195.125 total sets an NCAA Championship scoring record. The Tide outdistances second-place Utah by three-quarters of a point. Georgia is third followed by Oregon State, Penn State and Florida. Senior Kim Masters, juniors Gina Basile, Katherine Kelleher and Shea McFall, sophomores Dana Dobransky and Dee Foster, and freshman Kara Stilp all earn All-America honors. Senior Tina Rinker and freshmen Keri Duley, Sheryl Dundas, and Marti Watson round out the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown championship roster.

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J Junior Dee Foster, already a Crimson Tide legend, turns perfect on March 14, tu 1992, during a dual meet with Georgia in Athens, scoring a 10.0 on a vault. Foster will earn eight 10.0s during her storied 4IDECAREERÂ&#x2C6;lVESONTHE vault, one on the uneven bars ANDTWOONTHEmOOREXERCISE O May 29, 1990,$EE&OSTERBECOMESTHElRSTFRESHMAN On in Southeastern Conference history to be named the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athlete of the Year. Foster is an obvious choice, le after winning the 1990 NCAA All-Around Championship with an NCAA record of 39.30 and earning four All-America honors as a ROOKIE3HELED!LABAMATOASECOND PLACENATIONALlNISHANDTHE Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second SEC Team title.

The Crimson Tide starts the 1990s off on the right foot. Alabama marches into the Georgia Coliseum on March 25, 1990, and marches out with its second SEC team title. !LABAMAlNISHESMORETHANA point ahead of second-place LSU. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 193.55 total sets an SEC Championship record. Senior Marie Robbins caps an outstanding career wearing the crimson and white of Alabama by winning the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-ever SEC all-around title, with a championship record score. That same year, a programrecord eight members of the championship squad earn SEC Academic Honor Roll honors and Robbins earns an SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. Seniors Ali Blumberg, Tracey Tillman and Cheri Way, juniors Kim Masters and Tina Rinker, sophomores Gina Basile, Katherine Kelleher and Shea McFall, and freshman Dana Dobransky all help bring home the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second SEC trophy.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HISTORY Alabama is competing at its third NCAA Championship on April 1213, 1985, when junior Penney Hauschild explodes into a Crimson Tide legend by winning the NCAA All-Around Championship in Salt ,AKE#ITY 5TAH)TISTHElRSTTIMETHATANATHLETEFROM5TAHFAILSTO win the all-around title. The Pennsylvania native also wins the uneven BARSTITLE(AUSCHILDISTHElRSTINDIVIDUAL.#!!CHAMPIONIN!LABAMA gymnastics history. Her all-around total is an NCAA Championships record. Hauschild will go on to win four NCAA titles during her legendary career, repeating as all-around champion in 1986 and ADDINGTHEmOOREXERCISETITLETOHERRESUMETHATSAMEYEAR

Eleven gymnasts and a lifetime of dreams come together on April 22, 1988,AS!LABAMAWINSITSlRST NCAA team championship. Alabama scores an NCAA Championship record 190.05 in front of a rowdy handful of Tide faithful in Salt Lake City. Utah is second followed by UCLA, LSU, Georgia and Florida. The Tide is led by four AllAmericans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; senior Kathy Bilodeau, sophomores Marie Robbins and Cheri Way, and freshman Tina Rinker. Senior Alli Beldon, sophomores Ali Blumberg and Tracey Tillman and freshmen Wendy Anderson, Kim Masters and Susie Pierce round out the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship roster.

Cr Crimson Tide legend Penney HHauschild caps a brilliant CCrimson Tide career with hher second consecutive Honda Broderick Award on January 11, 1986. The Honda Broderick Award is given annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best gymnast. Hauschildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career includes two NCAA All-Around championships, an NCAA Uneven Bars title and an NCAA Floor Exercise title. Hauschild earned 10 AllAmerica honors during her storied career. 3HEEARNEDlVE.#!!#ENTRAL2EGIONAL titles and one SEC all-around crown.

On May 27, 1987, Julie %%STINBECOMESTHElRST aathlete from Alabama to be honored as the Southeastern Conference ScholarAthlete of the Year. Estin also earns NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarships, which she puts to good use. In July 1996, Dr. Julie Vaughn set up practice in pediatrician. Tuscaloosa as a pediatri r cian.

!LL !MERICAN"ARBARA-ACKnA2HODES3CHOLARSHIP l ALIST THElRST lN S !LL !MERICAN"ARBARA-ACKnA2HODES3CHOLARSHIPlNALIST THElRST Alabama gymnast to win the Paul W. Bryant Award, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and a two-time Region Champion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; caps a brilliant #RIMSON4IDECAREERBYBECOMINGTHElRST!LABAMAGYMNASTTOWINTHE!-& American Award on April 13, 1985.

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Julie Garrett becomes !LABAMASlRST All-American on April 4, 1982. Garrett paces the Tide to a FOURTH PLACElNISHAT the 1982 AIAW National Championships before ATTENDINGTHElRST NCAA Championship as an individual. 5NDAUNTEDBYHERlRST NCAA appearance, Garrett earns AllAmerica recognition on the uneven bars.

No one may have known it at the time, but July 1, 1978, marks the start of something extremely special as the Crimson Tide begins its rise toward becoming one of the most successful programs in the history of collegiate athletics when Sarah Campbell becomes Alabama GYMNASTICSlFTHHEADCOACH INlVEYEARS3HEIMMEDIATELY hires David Patterson as her assistant coach. The rest, as they say, is history.

(ISTORYDIDNTRECORDTHElRSTMEETING THElRST (IS PPRACTICEORTHElRSTVAULTnTHOSEDATESARE LOSTINTIMEnBUTTHElRSTMEET THElRST LO titime the University of Alabama put forth a group of young women wearing crimson and white leotards came on January 10, 1975. Alabama opens at home, falling to Georgia College 83.75-65.80. And with that, the program that will become one of the most celebrated in collegiate athletics is underway.

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2012 Alabama Gymnastics Hall of Fame Inductee: RACHEL TERRY

2012 Alabama Gymnastics Hall of Fame Inductee: GERALEN STACK-EATON

Usually, Rachel Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice was gone midway through a meet and it was always gone by the end, as she cheered on every teammate through every routine at the top of her lungs for four years straight. The vault All-American also made herself heard in the classroom, where she carried a perfect 4.0 gradepoint average in early childhood education. It was that academic prowess that earned the Hoover, Ala., native back-to-back NCAA Elite 89 Awards, which is presented annually to the student-athlete with the KLJKHVWLQGLYLGXDOJUDGHSRLQWDYHUDJHDWWKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSV7HUU\LVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJ\PQDVWWRHDUQ the honor twice in a row, and she joins with 2010 senior Kassi Price in giving Alabama a clean sweep of the award, which was in its third year in 2012. In addition to earning the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest national honor WZLFH7HUU\DOVRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGKHU8$FDUHHUDVDIRXU\HDU6FKRODVWLF$OO$PHULFDQDQGDIRXU\HDUPHPEHU of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME Kayla Hoffman 2011

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME Mandy Chapman 1999

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Sheryl Dundas 1994

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Kara Stilp 1994

Dana Dobransky 1993

Dee Foster 1993

Gina Basile 1992

Katherine Kelleher 1992

Kim Masters 1991

Tina Rinker 1991

Marie Robbins 1990

Cheri Way 1990

Kelly Good 1989

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS HALL OF FAME Kathy Bilodeau 1988

Julie Estin 1987

Penney Hauschild 1986

Barbara Mack 1985

Patti Rice 1984

Julie Garrett 1983

Denise Balk 1983

Luann Guzzetti 1983

Ann Wilhide 1983

Patti Kleckner 1983

Angie Alexander 1982

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2006 2012

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 11-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Becca Alexin, Jr. Olivia Carisella, So. Kaitlyn Clark, Fr. Sarah DeMeo, So. Hunter Dennis, Fr. Ria Domier, So. Lindsey Fowler, So. Lora Leigh Frost, Fr. Marissa Gutierrez, Jr. Kim Jacob, So. Diandra Milliner, So. Brooke Parker, Fr. Ashley Priess, Sr.

Ashley Sledge, Jr. Geralen Stack-Eaton, Sr. Rachel Terry, Sr. Hannah Toussaint, So. Kayla Williams, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Volunteer Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth

The Team:

2010

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 9-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Becca Alexin, Fr. Courtney Bell, Fr. Alyssa Chapman, Sr. Morgan Dennis, Sr. Jocelyn Fowler, So. Marissa Gutierrez, Fr. Mary Hauswirth, Fr. Kayla Hoffman, Jr. Ricki Lebegern, Sr. Megan Mashburn, Jr. Casey Overton, Sr. Erika Pearson, So. Kassi Price, Sr.

Ashley Priess, So. Ashley Sledge, Fr. Geralen Stack-Eaton, So. Rachel Terry, So. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Volunteer Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth

2008

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 10-4-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 6th | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Alyssa Chapman, So. Morgan Dennis, So. Kayla Hoffman, Fr. Terin Humphrey, Sr. Jennifer Iovino, Fr. Ricki Lebegern, So. Brittany Magee, Jr. Cassie Martin, Jr. Megan Mashburn, Fr. Amanda Montgomery, Jr. Ashley O’Neal, Jr. Casey Overton, So.

Kassi Price, So. Courtney Priess, Jr. Jacqueline Shealy, So. Kaitlin White, Sr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

Melanie Banville, Fr. Mari Bayer, Sr. Rachael Delahoussaye, Sr. Dana Filetti, Sr. Ashley Ford, Fr. Terin Humphrey, So. Brittany Magee, Fr. Cassie Martin, Fr. Ashley Miles, Sr. Amanda Montgomery, Fr. Ashley O’Neal, Fr. Dana Pierce, Sr. Courtney Priess, Fr. Erin Rightley, Jr. Kaitlin White, So.

2005 2009 2011

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 11-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

The Team: Becca Alexin, So. Olivia Carisella, Fr. Alyssa Chapman, Sr. Sarah DeMeo, Fr. Ria Domier, Fr. Lindsey Fowler, Fr. Marissa Gutierrez, So. Kayla Hoffman, Sr. Kim Jacob, Fr. Megan Mashburn, Sr. Diandra Milliner, Fr. Jordan Moore, Fr. Ashley Priess, Jr.

Ashley Sledge, So. Geralen Stack-Eaton, Jr. Rachel Terry, Jr. Hannah Toussaint, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Volunteer Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth

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REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 14-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 8-5-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 1st Jacqueline Shealy, Jr. Geralen Stack-Eaton, Fr. Caitlin Sullivan, Fr. Rachel Terry, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Volunteer Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Assistant Coach: Dana Duckworth

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 11-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 3rd

The Team:

The Team: Alyssa Chapman, Jr. Morgan Dennis, Jr. Jocelyn Fowler, Fr. Kayla Hoffman, So. Ricki Lebegern, Jr. Brittany Magee, Sr. Megan Mashburn, So. Amanda Montgomery, Sr. Ashley O’Neal, Sr. Casey Overton, Jr. Erika Pearson, Fr. Kassi Price, Jr. Ashley Priess, Fr.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

2007

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 8-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 9th | Regional 1st | SEC 3rd

The Team: Alyssa Chapman, Fr. Morgan Dennis, Fr. Terin Humphrey, Jr. Ricki Lebegern, Fr. Brittany Magee, So. Cassie Martin, So. Amanda Montgomery, So. Ashley O’Neal, So. Casey Overton, Fr. Kassi Price, Fr. Courtney Priess, So.

Erin Rightley, Sr. Jacqueline Shealy, Fr. Kaitlin White, Jr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

Mari Bayer, Jr. Alexis Brion, Sr. Brittany Comeaux, So. Rachael Delahoussaye, Jr. Dana Filetti, Jr. Shannon Hrozek, Sr. Terin Humphrey, Fr. Meredith Laxton, So. Ashley Miles, Jr. Dana Pierce, Jr. Michelle Reeser, Sr. Erin Rightley, So. Jessie Silver, Fr. Kaitlin White, Fr.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

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ALABAMA GYMNASTICS YEAR-BY-YEAR

2004

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 12-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 2nd | SEC 2nd

The Team: Mari Bayer, So. Alexis Brion, Jr. Brittany Comeaux, Fr. Rachael Delahoussaye, So. Dana Filetti, So. Johnna Gay, Fr. Lauren Holdefer, Sr. Shannon Hrozek, Jr. Stephanie Kite, Sr. Meredith Laxton, Fr. Ashley Miles, So. Dana Pierce, So.

Michelle Reeser, Jr. Jeana Rice, Sr. Erin Rightley, Fr. Larissa Stewart, So. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

2002

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 12-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Natalie Barrington, Sr. Alexis Brion, Fr. Helen Burgin, So. Tiffany Byrd, So. Erin Holdefer, So. Lauren Holdefer, So. Shannon Hrozek, Fr. Stephanie Kite, So. Alexa Martinez, Sr. Whitney Morgan, Sr. Andreé Pickens, Sr. Michelle Reeser, Fr.

Jeana Rice, So. Sara Scarborough, Jr. Kristin Sterner, Jr. Raegan Tomasek, Sr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

SEASON RECORD — 14-3-0 2000 REGULAR CHAMPIONSHIPS —

NCAA 5th | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

The Team: Natalie Barrington, So. Lexa Evans, Sr. Krista Gole, So. Robin Hawkins, Jr. Katie Hornecker, Jr. Gina Logan, Sr. April Makinson, Jr. Alexa Martinez, So. Whitney Morgan, So. Andreé Pickens, So. Sara Scarborough, Fr. Lissy Smith, Jr. Kristin Sterner, Fr.

1998

The Team: Dara Stewart, Jr. Raegan Tomasek, So. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Tom Haley

Merritt Booth, Sr. Mandy Chapman, Jr. Lexa Evans, So. Becca Fields, So. Robin Hawkins, Fr. Katie Hornecker, Fr. Gina Logan, So. April Makinson, Fr. Danielle McAdams, Sr. Shay Murphy, Sr. Lissy Smith, Fr. Gwen Spidle, Jr. Dara Stewart, Fr.

1997 1999 SEASON RECORD — 10-7-0 2003 REGULAR CHAMPIONSHIPS —

NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

The Team: Mari Bayer, Fr. Alexis Brion, So. Rachael Delahoussaye, Fr. Dana Filetti, Fr. Lauren Holdefer, Jr. Shannon Hrozek, So. Stephanie Kite, Jr. Ashley Miles, Fr. Dana Pierce, Fr. Lauren Pruitt, Fr. Michelle Reeser, So

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Jeana Rice, Jr. Kristin Sterner, Sr. Larissa Stewart, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Duckworth

2001

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 15-2-1 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 4th | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Natalie Barrington, Jr. Helen Burgin, Fr. Tiffany Byrd, Fr. Robin Hawkins, Sr. Erin Holdefer, Fr. Lauren Holdefer, Fr. Katie Hornecker, Sr. Stephanie Kite, Fr. Alexa Martinez, Jr. Whitney Morgan, Jr. Andreé Pickens, Jr. Jeana Rice, Fr. Sara Scarborough, So.

Lissy Smith, Sr. Kristin Sterner, So. Dara Stewart, Sr. Raegan Tomasek, Jr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Tom Haley

REGULAR SEASON RECORD —8-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Natalie Barrington, Fr. Mandy Chapman, Sr. Lexa Evans, Jr. Krista Gole, Fr. Robin Hawkins, So. Katie Hornecker, So. Gina Logan, Jr. April Makinson, So. Alexa Martinez, Fr. Whitney Morgan, Fr. Andreé Pickens, Fr. Lissy Smith, So. Gwen Spidle, Sr. Dara Stewart, So. Raegan Tomasek, Fr.

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 10-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 4th

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Dobransky

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla Volunteer Coach: Dana Dobransky

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 13-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 9th | Regional 2nd | SEC 4th

The Team: Kim Bonaventura, Sr. Merritt Booth, Jr. Mandy Chapman, So. Lexa Evans, Fr. Becca Fields, Fr. Lisa Gianni, So. Lauren Graffeo, Fr. Heidi Harriman, Fr. Gina Logan, Fr. Danielle McAdams, Jr. Shay Murphy, Jr. Heather Nasser, Jr. Rachel Rochelli, Fr. Gwen Spidle, So. Meredith Willard, Sr. Stephanie Woods, Sr.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Head Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Bryan Raschilla

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SEASON RECORD — 12-1-0 1996 REGULAR CHAMPIONSHIPS —

1992

NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Kim Bonaventura, Jr. Merritt Booth, So. Mandy Chapman, Fr. Lisa Gianni, Fr. Kim Kelly, Sr. Danielle McAdams, So. Shay Murphy, So. Heather Nasser, So. Marna Neubauer, Sr. Gwen Spidle, Fr. Meredith Willard, Jr. Stephanie Woods, Jr.

1995

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Scott Mackall

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 15-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

The Team: Kim Bonaventura, So. Merritt Booth, Fr. Chasity Junkin, Sr. Kim Kelly, Jr. Danielle McAdams, Fr. Shay Murphy, Fr. Heather Nasser, Fr. Marna Neubauer, Jr. Meredith Willard, So. Stephanie Woods, So.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Scott Mackall

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1994

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 7-3-1 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Kim Bonaventura, Fr. Keri Duley, Sr. Sheryl Dundas, Sr. Kim Gigante, Fr. Chasity Junkin, Jr. Kim Kelly, So. Marna Neubauer, So. Kara Stilp, Sr. Gretchen Stockley, Jr.

Marti Watson, Sr. Meredith Willard, Fr. Stephanie Woods, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Scott Mackall

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 8-4-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Gina Basile, Sr. Dana Dobransky, Jr. Keri Duley, So. Sheryl Dundas, So. Dee Foster, Jr. Chasity Junkin, Fr. Katherine Kelleher, Sr. Shea McFall, Sr. Kara Stilp, So. Gretchen Stockley, Fr. Holly Voorheis, Fr. Marti Watson, So.

1990

The Team: Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson

Gina Basile, So. Ali Blumberg, Sr. Dana Dobransky, Fr. Dee Foster, Fr. Katherine Kelleher, So. Shea McFall, So. Kim Masters, Jr. Tina Rinker, Jr. Marie Robbins, Sr. Tracey Tillman, Sr. Cheri Way, Sr.

1989 1993

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 9-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Dana Dobransky, Sr. Keri Duley, Jr. Sheryl Dundas, Jr. Dee Foster, Sr. Chasity Junkin, So. Kim Kelly, Fr. Marna Neubauer, Fr. Jenny McKernan, Fr. Kara Stilp, Jr.

Gretchen Stockley, So. Marti Watson, Jr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Scott Mackall

1991

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 16-0-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Gina Basile, Jr. Dana Dobransky So. Keri Duley, Fr. Sheryl Dundas, Fr. Dee Foster, So. Katherine Kelleher, Jr. Shea McFall, Jr. Kim Masters, Sr.

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 14-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 2nd | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

Tina Rinker, Sr. Kara Stilp, Fr. Marti Watson, Fr. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 13-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Wendy Anderson, So. Gina Basile, Fr. Ali Blumberg, Jr. Kelly Good, Sr. Katherine Kelleher, Fr. Kim Masters, So. Michelle Maxwell, Fr. Shea McFall, Fr. Tina Rinker, So. Marie Robbins, Jr. Tracey Tillman, Jr. Cheri Way, Jr.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Marc Cohen

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ALABAMA YEAR-BY-YEAR

1988

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 14-3-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 1st | Regional 1st | SEC 1st

The Team: Wendy Anderson, Fr. Alli Beldon, Sr. Kathy Bilodeau, Sr. Ali Blumberg, So. Kelly Good, Jr. Kim Masters, Fr. Susie Pierce, Fr. Tina Rinker, Fr. Marie Robbins, So. Tracey Tillman, So. Cheri Way, So.

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Marc Cohen

1986

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 18-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 3rd | Regional 2nd | SEC 3rd

The Team: Alli Beldon, So. Kathy Bilodeau, So. Julie Estin, Jr. Lisa Farley, So. Kelly Good, Fr. Penney Hauschild, Sr. Jamie Jenkins, Fr. Stephanie Kehr, So. Patty O’Donohue, Fr. Cindy Wilson, Jr. Ann Winston, Fr.

Julie Estin, Fr. Beverly Fry, So. Penney Hauschild, So. Stacey Helm, So. Nora Kirk, Jr. Barbara Mack, Jr. Patti Rice, Jr. Wendy Wilfong, Fr. Cindy Wilson, Fr.

1983

NCAA 4th | Regional 1st | SEC 3rd

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 15-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 4th | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

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REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 15-5-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 6th | Regional 1st | SEC 3rd

Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Marc Cohen

1985

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 16-4-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — NCAA 4th | Regional 1st | SEC 2nd

The Team: Alli Beldon, Fr. Kathy Bilodeau, Fr. Julie Estin, So. Lisa Farley, Fr. Penney Hauschild, Jr. Stephanie Kehr, Fr. Barbara Mack, Sr. Patti Rice, Sr.

1982

The Team: Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Marc Cohen

SEASON RECORD — 12-5-0 1987 REGULAR CHAMPIONSHIPS —

Wendy Anderson, Fr. Alli Beldon, Sr. Kathy Bilodeau, Sr. Ali Blumberg, So. Kelly Good, Jr. Kim Masters, Fr. Susie Pierce, Fr. Tina Rinker, Fr. Marie Robbins, So. Tracey Tillman, So. Cheri Way, So.

1984

Cindy Wilson, So. Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson Assistant Coach: Marc Cohen

Denise Balk, Sr. Beverly Fry, Fr. Julie Garrett, Sr. LuAnn Guzzetti, Sr. Penney Hauschild, Fr. Stacey Helm, Fr. Nora Kirk, So. Patricia Kleckner, Sr. Barbara Mack, So. Patti Rice, So. Ann Wilhide, Sr. Wendy Wilfong, Fr.

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 17-2-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — AIAW: 4th | Regional 2nd | SEC 2nd

The Team: Angie Alexander, So. Denise Balk, Jr. Kim Drane, Fr. Julie Garrett, Jr. LuAnn Guzzetti, Jr. Nora Kirk, Fr. Patti Kleckner, Jr. Barbara Mack, Fr. Ann Wilhide, Jr.

1981

Head Coach: Sarah Campbell Assistant Coach: David Patterson

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 14-1-0 CHAMPIONSHIPS — SEC 4th

The Team: Head Coach: Sarah Patterson Assistant Coach: David Patterson

Angie Alexander, Fr. Cindy DeLucas, Fr. Alison Green, So. LuAnn Guzzetti, So. Patti Kleckner, So. Stacy Murin, So. Lisa Palk, So. Ann Wilhide, So.

Head Coach: Sarah Campbell Assistant Coach: David Patterson

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1978 1980

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 16-4-0

The Team: Susan Blake, Fr. Beth Cook, Jr. Alison Green, Fr. LuAnn Guzzetti, Fr. Patti Kleckner, Fr. Stacy Murin, Fr. Judie Norton, Sr. Lisa Palk, Fr. Ann Wilhide, Fr.

1979

Head Coach: Sarah Campbell Assistant Coach: David Patterson

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 7-7-0

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 6-7-0

The Team: Holley Brauer, So. Cindy Dorman, Jr. Beth Mandy, Jr. Judie Norton, So. Patty Sprado, Jr. Snow White, Jr. Kathy Willis, Fr. Ann Wood, Fr.

1977

The Team:

Debra Bodley, Jr. Leslie Chrisman, Fr. Judie Norton, Jr. Snow White, Sr. Kathy Willis, So. Stacey Willis, Fr. Ann Wood, So.

Cindy Beckler, So. Melissa Hunt, Fr. Beth Mandy, So. Judie Norton, Fr. Patty Sprado, So. Carla Spruill, So. Janice Stramiello, So. Snow White, So.

Head Coach: Sarah Campbell Assistant Coach: David Patterson

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REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 3-7-0

The Team: Head Coach: Tom Steele

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 1-7-0

The Team:

1976

Cindy Beckler, Fr. Sherry Johnson, Fr. Beth Mandy, So. Becky Payne, Fr. Patty Sprado, Fr. Beth Troxell, Fr. Harriet Troxell, Fr. Snow White, Fr.

1975

Head Coach: Sheila Hill

REGULAR SEASON RECORD — 4-4-0

The Team: Head Coach: Phyllis Draper

Deane Chapman, Fr. Carmen Charnock, Fr. Lucy Harris, Sr. Joy Kelly, Sr. Pam McAneny, Jr. Debbie Moore, So. Francie Scarborough, So. Susan Smith, So. Janice Stramiello, So

Head Coach: Riki Sutton

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ALABAMA AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS On the national level, Alabama has enjoyed staggering success for nearly 30 years ever since vaulting into the NCAA standings in 1983 with a IRXUWKSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVK7KH&ULPVRQ7LGHZRQLWVVL[WK national championship, and second in a row, in 2012. ,WPDUNHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQ$ODEDPD¡VVWRULHGKLVWRU\ that the team has won back-to-back titles. The 2012 season also marked Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, a VWUHWFKWKDWLQFOXGHVWRSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVDQGWRS Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHV Alabama gymnasts have also excelled individually, winning 23 individual NCAA championships, including Geralen Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă RRUH[HUFLVHDQGEDODQFHEHDPWLWOHVLQDQG

2012, respectively. Stack-Eatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championships gives Alabama 11 NCAA individual titles since 2002.  ,Q0RUJDQ'HQQLVZRQWKH1&$$Ă RRU exercise title as a freshman while Terin Humphrey won her second national uneven bars title that same season, adding it to her 2005 championship. Ashley Miles won four NCAA championships during her career, including three vault titles, 2003, DQGWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHFURZQ,Q VKHEHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFROOHJLDWHJ\PQDVWLQ years to win the same event three times.  -HDQD5LFHEURXJKWKRPH$ODEDPD¡VĂ&#x20AC;IWK1&$$ all-around title in 2004, joining Penney Hauschild, $ODEDPD¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$FKDPSLRQZKRZRQDOO around titles in 1985 and 1986, as well as Dee Foster

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and Meredith Willard who managed the feat in DQGUHVSHFWLYHO\)RVWHUEHFDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW FROOHJLDWHJ\PQDVWWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWRSLQWKHDOODURXQG DOOIRXU\HDUVRI KHUFDUHHU6KHZDVĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQ second in 1991 and 1993, and third in 1992. In addition to her all-around titles, Hauschild won the uneven bars championship in 1985 and WRRNKRPHWRSPDUNVLQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHLQ Gina Basile was awarded the balance beam title in ZKLOH'DQD'REUDQVN\ZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW7LGH gymnast to repeat on an individual event when she won back-to-back balance beam titles in 1992 and 1993.  .LP.HOO\Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGRII KHUVWHOODUFDUHHUZLWK DZLQQLQJĂ RRUH[HUFLVHSHUIRUPDQFHDWWKH

1996 NCAA Individual Event Finals. That same year, Stephanie Woods won the uneven bars title as a junior. In 1999, AndreĂŠ Pickens won the NCAA balance beam as a rookie. She added a Cinderella Ă&#x20AC;QLVKWRKHUVWDQGRXWFDUHHUZLWKWKH1&$$ Uneven Bars Championship. When it comes to All-America honors, Alabama KDVEHHQH[WUHPHO\SUROLĂ&#x20AC;FDV7LGHJ\PQDVWVKDYH earned All-America honors a total of 277 times. In 1993, Foster set an NCAA record when she ended KHUFDUHHUZLWKĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDP$OO$PHULFDKRQRUVD mark that still stands. In 2004, Rice set the national PDUNIRU$OO$PHULFDKRQRUVLQDFDUHHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ ZLWKFRPELQHGĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGVHFRQGWHDPKRQRUV

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Geralen Stack-Eaton - 2, Morgan Dennis - 1, Terin Humphrey - 2, Ashley Miles - 4, Jeana Rice - 1, AndreĂŠ Pickens - 2, Meredith Willard - 1, Kim Kelly - 1, Stephanie Woods - 1, Dana Dobransky - 2, Gina Basile - 1, Dee Foster - 1, Penney Hauschild - 4

Alabama at the NCAA Championships Year-by-Year: 2012 ______ 1st 2011 ______ 1st 2010 ______3rd 2009 _____ 2nd 2008 ______6th 2007 ______9th 2006 ______3rd 2005 _____ 2nd

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THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 | Duluth, Ga. 1. ALABAMA 197.850 2. Florida 197.775 3. UCLA 197.750 4. Stanford 197.500 5. Utah 197.375 6. Arkansas 196.300 Alabama NCAA ChampionGeralen Stack-Eaton BB 2011 | Cleveland, Ohio 1. ALABAMA 197.650 2. UCLA 197.375 3. Oklahoma 197.250 4. Nebraska 196.725 5. Utah 196.500 6. Michigan 196.425 Alabama NCAA ChampionGeralen Stack-Eaton FX 2010 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. UCLA 197.725 2. Oklahoma 197.250 3. ALABAMA 197.225 4. Stanford 197.100 5. Florida 197.000 6. Utah 196.225 2009 | Lincoln, Neb. 1. Georgia 197.825 2. ALABAMA 197.575 3. Utah 197.425 4. Florida 196.725 5. Arkansas 196.475 6. LSU 196.375 2008 | Athens, Ga. 1. Georgia 197.450 2. Utah 197.125 3. Stanford 196.750 4. Florida 196.700 5. LSU 196.350 6. ALABAMA 196.125

2007 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Georgia 197.850 2. Utah 197.250 3. Florida 197.225 4. UCLA 196.925 5. Stanford 196.825 6. Nebraska 195.975 7. LSU 196.275 8. Oklahoma 196.250 9. ALABAMA 196.125 10. Denver 195.575 11. Oregon State 195.100 Michigan 195.100 Alabama NCAA ChampionTerin Humphrey UB Morgan Dennis FX 2006 | Corvallis, Ore. 1. Georgia 197.750 2. Utah 196.800 3 . ALABAMA 196.725 4 . Florida 196.275 5 . Nebraska 196.175 6. Iowa State 194.725 Alabama NCAA ChampionAshley Miles V 2005 | Auburn, Ala. 1. Georgia 197.825 2. ALABAMA 197.400 3. UCLA 197.275 4. Utah 197.150 5. Michigan 196.575 6. Nebraska 196.425 Alabama NCAA ChampionTerin Humphrey UB 2004 | Los Angeles, Calif. 1. UCLA 198.125 2. Georgia 197.200 3. ALABAMA 197.125 Stanford 197.125 5. Florida 196.800 6. Utah 195.775 Alabama NCAA ChampionsAshley Miles V, FX Jeana Rice AA

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2003 | Lincoln, Neb. 1. UCLA 197.825 2. ALABAMA 197.275 3. Georgia 197.150 4. Nebraska 197.125 5. Michigan 196.050 6. Utah 195.300 Alabama NCAA ChampionAshley Miles V 2002 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.575 2. Georgia 197.250 3. UCLA 197.150 4. Utah 196.950 5. Nebraska 196.425 6. Stanford 196.025 Alabama NCAA ChampionAndreé Pickens UB 2001 | Athens, Ga. 1. UCLA 2. Georgia 3. Michigan 4. ALABAMA 5. Utah Nebraska

197.575 197.400 197.275 196.550 196.025 196.025

2000 | Boise, Idaho 1. UCLA 197.300 2. Utah 196.875 3. Georgia 196.800 4. Nebraska 196.725 5. ALABAMA 196.500 6. Michigan 195.725 1999 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Georgia 196.850 2. Michigan 196.550 3. ALABAMA 195.950 4. Arizona State 195.900 5. UCLA 195.850 6. Nebraska 194.800 Alabama NCAA ChampionAndreé Pickens BB 1998 | Los Angeles, Calif. 1. Georgia 197.725 2. Florida 196.350 3. ALABAMA 196.300 4. Utah 196.025 5. UCLA 195.750 6. Arizona State 195.450

1997 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. UCLA 197.150 2. Arizona State 196.850 3. Georgia 196.600 4. Michigan 196.500 5. Florida 196.425 6. Nebraska 195.250 7. Utah 196.025 8. Washington 195.975 9. ALABAMA 195.600 10. Minnesota 194.775 11. Penn State 194.300 12. LSU 193.825 1996 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 198.025 2. UCLA 197.475 3. Utah 196.775 Georgia 196.775 5. Oregon State 196.525 6. Michigan 196.375 Alabama NCAA ChampionsMeredith Willard AA Kim Kelly FX Stephanie Woods UB 1995 | Athens, Ga. 1. Utah 2. ALABAMA Michigan 4. UCLA 5. Georgia 6. Oregon State

196.650 196.425 196.425 196.150 196.075 194.850

1994 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Utah 196.400 2. ALABAMA 196.350 3. Georgia 195.850 4. Michigan 195.150 5. UCLA 194.975 6. Florida 194.850 1993 | Corvallis, Ore. 1. Georgia 198.000 2. ALABAMA 196.825 3. Utah 195.825 4. UCLA 194.925 5. Auburn 194.725 6. Arizona 194.075 Alabama NCAA ChampionDana Dobransky BB

1992 | Saint Paul, Minn. 1. Utah 195.650 2. Georgia 194.600 3. ALABAMA 193.350 4. Penn State 192.700 5. Arizona 191.950 6. Oregon State 191.300 Alabama NCAA ChampionDana Dobransky BB 1991 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 195.125 2. Utah 194.375 3. Georgia 193.375 4. Oregon State 192.350 5. Penn State 190.950 6. Florida 189.700 7. LSU 188.600 8. BYU 187.700 9. Arizona State 187.650 Auburn 187.650 11. Arizona 187.450 12. Utah State 185.950 1990 | Corvallis, Ore. 1. Utah 194.900 2. ALABAMA 194.575 3. Georgia 193.225 4. UCLA 193.100 5. Nebraska 192.225 6. LSU 192.100 7. Oregon State 189.950 8. CS Fullerton 189.700 9. Towson State 187.975 10. Arizona 187.175 Florida 187.175 12. Ohio State 183.650 Alabama NCAA ChampionDee Foster AA 1989 | Athens, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. UCLA 3. ALABAMA 4. Nebraska 5. Utah 6. CS Fullerton 7. Arizona State Oregon State 9. Oklahoma 10. Florida 11. Arizona 12. Ohio State

192.650 192.600 192.100 190.800 190.200 189.450 187.900 187.900 187.050 187.000 186.500 186.400

1988 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. ALABAMA 190.050 2. Utah 189.500 3. UCLA 188.800 4. LSU 187.900 5. Georgia 186.800 6. Florida 186.650 7. Oregon State 186.500 8. Arizona State 185.100 9. Arizona 184.000 10. Nebraska 183.550 11. Penn State 179.700 12. Michigan State 178.800

1985 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Utah 188.350 2. Arizona State 186.600 3. Florida 184.300 4. ALABAMA 184.050 5. CS Fullerton 183.500 6. Oregon 183.150 7. Georgia 180.900 8. Ohio State 179.750 9. Penn State 179.000 10. Oklahoma 177.400 Alabama NCAA ChampionPenney Hauschild UB, AA

1987 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Georgia 187.900 2. Utah 187.550 3. UCLA 187.000 4. ALABAMA 186.600 5. Arizona State 184.000 6. Florida 183.800 7. LSU 181.500 8. Ohio State 180.200 9. Washington 179.850 10. Nebraska 179.500 11. Arizona 179.450 12. Oregon State 174.500

1984 | Los Angeles, Calif. 1. Utah 186.050 2. UCLA 185.550 3. CS Fullerton 183.900 4. Arizona State 183.650 5. Florida 182.200 6. ALABAMA 180.800 7. Penn State 179.450 8. Washington 178.550 9. Georgia 177.600 10. Arizona 176.900

1986 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. Utah 186.950 2. Arizona State 186.700 3. ALABAMA 186.350 4. Georgia 185.450 5. CS Fullerton 185.000 6. Penn State 182.700 7. UCLA 181.700 8. Florida 181.300 9. LSU 180.550 10. Ohio State 177.800 Alabama NCAA ChampionPenney Hauschild FX, AA

1983 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Utah 184.650 2. Arizona State 183.300 3. CS Fullerton 179.250 4. ALABAMA 179.050 5. Florida 177.850 6. LSU 177.800 UCLA 177.800 8. Ohio State 176.650 9. Oregon State 173.550 10. Nebraska 165.550 1982 | Salt Lake City, Utah 1. Utah 148.600 2. CS Fullerton 144.150 3. Penn State 143.100 4. Oregon State 143.000 5. Arizona State 142.950 6. UCLA 142.400 7. Florida 140.900 8. Nebraska 138.100 9. Oklahoma State 137.200 10. Michigan 136.900

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ALABAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NATIONAL HONORS NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships 2011 2010 2004 2003 1998 1997 1993 1992 1989 1987 1985 1983

Kayla Hoffman Kassi Price Stephanie Kite Kristin Sterner Merritt Booth Meredith Willard Dana Dobransky Katherine Kelleher Kelly Good Julie Estin Barbara Mack Julie Garrett

National Coach of the Year 2002 1991 1988 1986

Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson

NCAA Woman of the Year

First awarded in 1991, the Woman of the Year program honors academic and athletics excellence, as well as community service and leadership, on a national level. From 1991 to WKHUHZHUHWKUHHOHYHOVVWDWHZLQQHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWDQG Woman of the Year. There are still three levels, but now the Ă&#x20AC;UVWLVFRQIHUHQFHZLQQHU 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 1998 1997 1993 1992

Allyson Edwards, Division Manager for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, 2011 Honda Award winner Kayla Hoffman and Sarah Patterson.

Honda Award

NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII

2011 2006 2004 2002 1993 1986 1985

2011 2003 2002 1997

Awarded to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top collegiate gymnast. Kayla Hoffman Ashley Miles Jeana Rice AndreĂŠ Pickens Dee Foster Penney Hauschild Penney Hauschild

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The NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious award, which encompasses athletics, academics and character, is presented annually to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top eight senior athletes regardless of gender, sport or division. Kayla Hoffman Kristin Sterner AndreĂŠ Pickens Meredith Willard

NCAA Elite 89

Michelle Reeser.............................Top-10 Finalist Stephanie Kite..................................State Winner Kristin Sterner ...............................Top-10 Finalist AndreĂŠ Pickens ................................State Winner Lexa Evans .......................................State Winner Merritt Booth .................................Top-10 Finalist Meredith Willard ...........................Top-10 Finalist Dana Dobransky ..............................State Winner Katherine Kelleher ...........................State Winner

Started in 2010, the award is given to the student-athlete with the top grade-point average at the NCAA Championships. 2012 2011 2010

Rachel Terry Rachel Terry Kassi Price

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NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII Award

National Coach of the Year

Among the highest honors that the NCAA can bestow, Alabama gymnasts have earned a place among the NCAA Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top VIII honorees four times. The Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honorees, from the left: Kayla Hoffman with Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore in 2011; Kristin Sterner with ESPN personality and Alabama graduate Rece Davis in 2003; AndreĂŠ Pickens with former UA gymnast and current Associate Athletics Director Marie Robbins in 2002; and Meredith Willard WHOTOOKHOME!LABAMAGYMNASTICSlRSTHONORIN  with former UA president Dr. Andrew Sorensen.

Sarah Patterson has been named the National Coach of the Year four times in three different decades, including 1986, 1988, 1991 and 2002.

Honda Award

NCAA Elite 89 Award Winners

Kayla Hoffman, pictured on the opposite page with her Honda Award, is the sixth Alabama gymnast to take home the award given annually to the national gymnast of the year. Hoffman joined (from the left) Ashley Miles (2006), Jeana Rice (2004), AndreĂŠ Pickens (2002), Dee Foster (1993) and Penney Hauschild, who won it twice, in 1985 and 1986, giving Alabama seven Honda Awards overall.

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The newest national honor given by the NCAA, the Elite 89 Award, began in 2010 and is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 89 national championships. The award has been bestowed on a UA GYMNASTEACHOFITSlRSTTHREEYEARS)N Rachel Terry BECAMETHElRSTGYMNASTTOWINTHEAWARDMORETHANONCETerry was presented with the 2012 Elite 89 Award by NCAA Championship Committee Chair Kim Green (left). Former NCAA Championship Committee Chair Paul Plinske presented Terry (middle) with the 2011 award. He also presented the award to Kassi Price in 2010 (right).

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It was the perfect moment. The Alabama Crimson Tide â&#x20AC;&#x201C; gymnasts, coaches, managers, trainers and all â&#x20AC;&#x201C; standing LQIURQWRI WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFHEDQQHUDWWKHQDWLRQDO championships, holding their golden trophy high while a rowdy throng of Tide fans cheered them mightily from the stands of the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. That moment was the pinnacle of a journey that began in August when the freshmen reported to campus, joining nine returnees. From that moment, Sarah Patterson and company went about the task of building its latest team, starting down a road that ultimately culminated in the Tide FODLPLQJLWVĂ&#x20AC;IWKQDWLRQDOFKDPSLRQVKLS â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have everything come together like it did â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to win SECs, regionals and then the national

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championship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was a dream come true,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could have asked for a better year with a more rewarding, talented DQGXQLĂ&#x20AC;HGWHDPRUDPRUHSHUIHFWHQGLQJWRDQ amazing season.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say that Alabama was perfect on LWVZD\WRZLQQLQJLWVĂ&#x20AC;IWK1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLS There were bumps along the way, but the manner in which the team handled the adversity, coming together as a team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; staying positive and looking DKHDGZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH²PDGHDOOWKHGLIIHUHQFH â&#x20AC;&#x153;The moment that really stands out to me was when Kayla Hoffman fell off beam in the Super Six Team Final and we still had Sarah DeMeo and Geralen Stack-Eaton to compete,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that if we had to count that fall weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be out of contention. When Kayla came off the

beam, she smiled at me, looked at Sarah and with DVHQVHRI FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHDQGSXUSRVHVDLGÂś<RXJRW this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;?  +RIIPDQ¡VFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHLQKHUWHDPPDWHVVHWWOHG 'H0HRDIUHVKPDQFRPSHWLQJDWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDO championships, keeping her from getting rattled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kayla relaxed Sarah in a way that no coach FRXOGGRDQG,IHOWSHUFHQWFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWWKDW Sarah and Geralen would make their routines and keep the championship within reach,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. As big as DeMeo and Stack-Eaton hitting their routines was, it was Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction to her fall that told Patterson the national championship was within their grasp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a time when Kayla as a competitor would not have been able to handle her disappointment of falling that way,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew we had come great distances and that Kaylaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction after she made that mistake was a turning point for our team.â&#x20AC;? For Hoffman, the knowledge that her teammates had her back and would lift her up if she made a mistake grew throughout the season. By the time they reached the championship season, that trust in one another was absolute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports. Sports are going to be messy. Sports are never going to be completely perfect,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you do from that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you recover from a mistake, or a little slip-up, how you recover, how you work together, that is most important.â&#x20AC;? While Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beam set in the Super Six Team Final is the moment that stands out in Sarah Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, it was the next rotation, ZLWK$ODEDPDRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQGGHIHQGLQJ champion UCLA on the balance beam just a few feet away that is burned in the minds of everyone who saw the epic, down-to-the-wire battle that determined who would be the 2011 national champions. After being tied with the Bruins at the halfway SRLQWRI WKHPHHWWKH7LGHZHQWLQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDO rotation with a slim .025 lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going into the last event I wanted to help the ladies stay focused on being calm and knowing that if they could do their routines to the best of their ability, we could come out as champions,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think when you get in the heat of the moment, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anyone to be VFDUHG<RXZDQWWKHPWREHFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWDQGWR

know that they have this. It was great to be on Ă RRUH[HUFLVHEHFDXVHLW¡VDQHYHQW\RXFDQJRDOO out on.â&#x20AC;? The Tide and Bruins opened that deciding rotation with matching scores of 9.85 before UCLA tied the meet with a 9.825 from their second gymnast while Alabama posted a 9.8. The Bruins moved ahead by .025 after their third gymnast scored a 9.875 and the Tide answered with a 9.850. Alabama took the lead back with its next routine before Geralen Stack-Eaton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who would go on to win the NCAA Floor Exercise Championship the next night during individual HYHQWĂ&#x20AC;QDOV²H[WHQGHGWKH7LGH¡VOHDGZLWKD WKHKLJKHVWĂ RRUVFRUHRI WKHGD\WRWKDW point. From there, it was up to Hoffman. A solid routine and Alabama would complete its championship sweep. Hoffman did more than just hit her routine, she nailed it, posting a 9.95 to push Alabama to a 197.650 and a .275 margin of victory over the Bruins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew when Kayla landed that last pass that we had won,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a sense of sheer excitement and joy in knowing that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d helped these young women achieve the dream of a lifetime.â&#x20AC;? So how did a team that lost four All-Americans WRJUDGXDWLRQDQGDĂ&#x20AC;IWK$VKOH\3ULHVVWRDQNOH surgery in the fall, and had a championship lineup that included 13 routines that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the mix the year before, win all three postseason titles? Perhaps Kayla Hoffman summed it up best in the moments after clinching the championship sweep. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about talent, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about heart,â&#x20AC;? she told CBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Amanda Borden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so close â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that made the difference.â&#x20AC;?

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On the way to winning its fourth NCAA championship, Alabama was a study in contrast. In the locker room, which the coaches and gymnasts had turned into a beach getaway, complete with VDQGXPEUHOODVĂ RDWVDQGEHDFKPXVLFWKH7LGH was laid back and laughing. Out in the arena, moving ever closer to the title, they were cool, calm and collected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have always done our best when we are loose and laughing,â&#x20AC;? Kristin Sterner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the coaches made sure that while we were in the locker room, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get tense or uptight.â&#x20AC;? On the night of the Super Six, head coach Sarah Patterson even went so far as to pull out the GUHVVVKHZRUHWRWKHFKDPSLRQVKLSVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPH Alabama won at home, in 1991, a red and white striped, strapless sequined number.

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 ´$WĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKH\ZHUHVXUSULVHGDQGWKHQWKH\ started laughing pretty hard,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they really enjoyed seeing that, especially since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty far removed from the kinds of things I wear today.â&#x20AC;? Sarah and David Patterson, coaching at their 20th NCAA Championship, knew that staying loose would give their team an edge in a tight competition. The night of the NCAA Super Six, none of the six teams had a fall. It would be the second-highest scoring night in championship history. The high-caliber opposition didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to matter though, the higher the other teams turned up the heat, the cooler Alabama gymnasts were. For two nights in a row, Alabama started the QLJKWRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHZKLFKPHDQVWKDWIRU

two nights in a row, Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship hopes came down to six routines on the balance beam, often the most daunting event of the four, especially when the pressure is on.  2QWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOQLJKWMXVWWRDGGPRUHGUDPD to the evening, Alabama was on the balance beam during the last rotation while second-place *HRUJLDZDVRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH1RWRQO\ZRXOG Alabama have to hit their routines, but they would also have to hold off Georgia. Each routine grew in importance as both teams moved through the rotation. Alabama hit routine after routine until Sterner came up in the QXPEHUĂ&#x20AC;YHVSRW$KLWURXWLQHIURP6WHUQHUDQG the championship belonged to Alabama; a miss would open the door for Georgia. Sterner put together a rock-solid routine and Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLWRII E\QDLOLQJKHUODQGLQJ7KHWLWOH belonged once again to the Tide. But the team didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that, not for sure. For Alabama, there was one more routine to go from the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alleverything senior AndreĂŠ Pickens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started to cry when Kristin landed her routine,â&#x20AC;? Pickens said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeana Rice came over to me and told me that it was ok, I could do it, I could do it one more time. That whole routine was in slow motion. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rushed and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t QHUYRXV,ZDVKDSS\DQG,ZDVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWÂľ Pickens nailed her routine. And when she threw her arms in the air after her dismount, the Coleman Coliseum crowd knew what had happened. They knew the Alabama team had DJDLQDVWKH7LGHĂ&#x20AC;JKWVRQJVD\V´:ULWKHUQDPH LQFULPVRQĂ DPHÂŤÂľDQG brought a fourth national title to Tuscaloosa. They roared their approval, stomping, clapping and screaming, much like the pandemonium that had EURNHQRXWRQWKHĂ RRU amongst the Tide athletes, coaches and staff. It had been a remarkable run. Since counting a fall on the Ă&#x20AC;QDOHYHQWRI WKH6(& Championships, Alabama had gone a perfect 72 for 72 during their championship march. Pickens, senior

Natalie Barrington, Sterner, sophomore Jeana Rice and freshmen Alexis Brion and Shannon Hrozek earned 14 All-America honors between them, the most of any team at the championship. On Saturday, an exhausted Pickens, who competed 12 routines in three days, had enough energy left to win the NCAA uneven bars title to go with the American Award, which denotes the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top senior, that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d picked up earlier in the day. There would be more moments of celebration in the days and weeks that followed. Alabama received their championship rings in front of 83,000-plus fans at the halftime of the AlabamaSouthern Mississippi football game. They were also honored at the Homecoming parade and the SHSUDOO\ERQĂ&#x20AC;UHWKHQLJKWEHIRUH But perhaps the best moment came immediately after the team received the trophy from Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore, when everyone was laughing and hugging. It was Pickens â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who had come back from a torn Achilles that ended her junior season just days before the 2001 NCAA Championship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who put it best. Standing in the middle of her teammates, tightly clutching the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golden prize to her chest, Pickens said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is why I came back. This is why I worked so hard for so many months to get back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to be able to share this moment, this feeling with these girls and this crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This,â&#x20AC;? she said again, sweeping her eyes over the mob scene in Coleman Coliseum, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is what we wanted.â&#x20AC;?

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For the Alabama gymnastics team, two long years of planning, training and dedication had come down to the next 24 hours. Their motto for the season had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enjoy the Journey,â&#x20AC;? and they had, with great success. Now, in April 1996, Alabama was on the verge of competing for the QDWLRQDOFKDPSLRQVKLSRQLWVKRPHĂ RRU6DUDK and David Patterson gathered their team and told them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed the journey, now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to enjoy our destination.â&#x20AC;? Alabama started its drive for its third NCAA championship on the same two events where LWKDGFRXQWHGIDOOVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWQLJKWRI WHDP competition. On the uneven bars, sophomore Danielle McAdams produced a 9.875, a mark echoed by freshman Gwen Spidle who was followed by junior Meredith Willardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9.9. In the

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fourth position senior Kim Kelly suffered a fall, SXWWLQJWKH7LGH¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDOWZRSHUIRUPHUVLQFOXWFK positions. Junior Stephanie Woods responded with a 9.95. Senior Marna Neubauer came up in WKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOSRVLWLRQ%DWWOLQJDVRUHVKRXOGHUIRUWKH latter half of the season, she came up big for the Tide, swinging to a 9.875. Alabama produced a 49.475, the second-best total in school history. Alabama then moved to the balance beam. :LOODUGWRRNWRWKHEHDPLQKHUFXVWRPDU\Ă&#x20AC;UVW VSRWDQGIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDOOVHDVRQRQDQ\ event, she fell. Sarah Patterson gathered the team together and told them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meredith has been our rock all season long. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be there for her.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Shay Murphy was next up and responded with a solid 9.8. Senior Kim Bonaventura posted a 9.825 and Kelly scored 9.9.

0F$GDPVFDPHXSLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKSRVLWLRQ0LGZD\ through her routine, she wobbled on a landing, staying on the beam seemingly through sheer force RI ZLOO0F$GDPVVWHDGLHGKHUVHOI DQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHG the routine to thunderous applause and a 9.725 VFRUH:RRGVĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKLQJVRII IRUWKH7LGHZLWK a 9.9. The Tide posted a 49.150.  'HVSLWHDVWURQJĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI$ODEDPDVWLOOWUDLOHG UCLA, a squad making a push for the top, by .075 with two rotations left.  7KH7LGHPRYHGWRWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDQGLW was there that Alabama and the crowd of 10,000SOXVIDQVFDXJKWĂ&#x20AC;UH1HXEDXHUVFRUHGD followed by Boothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9.875.  7KHQ.HOO\EURXJKWRXWKHUĂ RRUURXWLQH the one she had learned during the season, and introduced only four meets before. To the strains of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yea Alabamaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet Home Alabama,â&#x20AC;? the Pennsylvania native captured her audience and the judges, producing a perfect 10.0 performance and raising the decibel level in Coleman Coliseum to near-deafening heights. Willard carried the banner of enthusiasm throughout her performance, producing a 9.95. 0F$GDPVFDPHXSLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVSRWDQGFDSSHG Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rotation with a career-high 9.95. When the counting was done, Alabama had SURGXFHGDQ1&$$Ă RRUH[HUFLVHUHFRUG The Bruins were tenacious though, matching WKH7LGH¡VUHFRUGĂ RRUHIIRUWZLWKDQ1&$$ record of their own on the balance beam (49.50). Going into the last rotation, perennial favorites Georgia and Utah were already out of the championship picture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; barring a complete meltdown by both the Crimson Tide and the Bruins. It came down to two teams and one last rotation. Alabama headed to the vault, just .05 ahead of Ă RRUH[HUFLVHERXQG8&/$ What happened during the last rotation is the stuff of legend. Alabama ran off a blistering set of vaults in which the Tide scored nothing lower than a 9.9 and posted two perfect, golden 10.0s. Booth got Alabama off to a 9.925 start. Bonaventura and Neubauer chimed in with backto-back 9.9 scores. McAdams came up in the fourth spot and put the ultimate exclamation point RQZKDWKDGDOUHDG\EHHQDFDUHHUQLJKW6KHĂ HZ down the runway, hit the springboard, then the vault, landed on the mat and did not move. Feet planted, arms thrown back and head held high,

0F$GDPVVFRUHGKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWSHUIHFWDQGWKH fans roared, clapped and screamed their approval. Kelly responded with a 10.0 of her own, the sixth perfect vault of her career and one that raised the URRI ULJKWRII WKHFROLVHXP:LOODUGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKH Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evening with a 9.95. The Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vault total, 49.775, set yet another NCAA record. UCLA mustered a 49.275 on the Ă RRU7KHWLWOHZDV$ODEDPD¡V Alabama totaled a 198.025, setting an NCAA â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Super Sixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record, to win its third NCAA title and second in front of the home crowd. UCLA was second with a 197.475, a score that would have won all but one other NCAA championship. Utah and Georgia tied for third with a 196.775. Oregon 6WDWHZDVĂ&#x20AC;IWKZLWKDZKLOH0LFKLJDQ Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGVL[WKZLWKD,WPDUNHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW time in NCAA history that all six members of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Sixâ&#x20AC;? scored 196 or better. Willard started the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning ways on WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWQLJKWRI FRPSHWLWLRQHDUQLQJ$ODEDPD¡V fourth NCAA All-Around title. The Tide rolled to two more titles during Saturday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individual competition. Woods posted a 9.975 to win the NCAA Uneven Bars title. And Kelly, in the last meet of her storied FDUHHULQNHGWKHSHUIHFWĂ&#x20AC;QDOFKDSWHU6KHSRVWHG \HWDQRWKHUSHUIHFWĂ RRUURXWLQHWRZLQWKDW title.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can remember in December thinking that we were hosting the championships and that we might not even be there,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. Preseason practices were not characteristic of a team that should be in contention for a gold, and Patterson predicted a nightmarish outcome if the team did not shape up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One day, Sarah sat us down and we got a good lecture,â&#x20AC;? Kara Stilp recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will never forget it. She told us that we were going to be really embarrassed when we hosted nationals, and we would not be competing in it. We agreed that we all needed to get in gear.â&#x20AC;? That speech proved to be a turning point for WKHJ\PQDVWV2QFHLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRPSHWLWLRQUROOHG around, the Tide was ready to go. If preseason was tough, the competition season was just as demanding. The Tide defeated Auburn in the 1991 season opener even though they had to count three falls on balance beam, an event on which the program had built its reputation. In its home opener against Penn State, the team tumbled to three more falls from the 4-inch wide apparatus. Fortunately, they still came away with a win. To Patterson, these mistakes were unacceptable for a championship-caliber team. Beam intrasquads came frequently, and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selfassurance rose. The team members began to refer to themselves as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beam Team.â&#x20AC;?  ´:HKDGVRPXFKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHEHFDXVH6DUDK made us do so many intra-squads,â&#x20AC;? Sheryl Dundas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We could do routines in our sleep.â&#x20AC;? The Tide traveled to Lexington, Ky., for the Southeastern Conference Championships. Forced WRFRXQWWZRIDOOVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOHYHQWYDXOWWKH SEC title slipped from Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands by .05. The disappointment and frustration made the Tide even more determined to earn the national crown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good teams arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to let defeats defeat them overall,â&#x20AC;? Katherine Kelleher told reporters at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They use it to their advantage. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we are going to do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always said that in this conference, you can be third at the conference championship and win the national championship,â&#x20AC;? Patterson H[SODLQHG´ZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\LQGLFDWLYHRI WKDW scenario.â&#x20AC;? At the regional championships at Auburn, the Tide turned in one of its best performances of the season and entered the NCAAs as the No. 1 seed.

The Tide drew a favorable rotation at the NCAA Championships, starting on the vault, Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVH$IWHUFKDUJLQJ WKURXJKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRHYHQWVWKH´%HDP7HDPÂľ ZDVSXWWRLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDOWHVWKLWWLQJDOOVL[URXWLQHV SDVVLQJWKHH[DPZLWKĂ \LQJFRORUV7KH7LGHZDV the only team without a fall on the balance beam at the NCAA Championships.  %HIRUHWKHWHDPURWDWHGWRĂ RRU3DWWHUVRQ offered only one piece of advice to her charges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just told the kids to land on their feet and stay in bounds,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said.  7KHĂ RRUPXVLFUHYHUEHUDWHGWKURXJKWKH Coliseum and each tumbling pass was met with louder and louder cheers and at the end of six routines the Crimson Tide emerged victorious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning one championship was great, but there was nothing like winning at home,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like winning a second champions validated our program at that point. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a one-time thing. Yes, we can have this philosophy of having the best students and athletes and wellrounded individuals and still win a championship.â&#x20AC;? The team also taught Patterson a thing or two about the seven-month journey to the national championship competition, as well as the expectations that come with the quest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter where you start in December,â&#x20AC;? Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It only matters where you end in April. Sometimes, when it looks like you have your hardest road to go in preseason, you need to stay focused on the outcome and take it one step at a time. More than anything, I learned from this team to not look too far down that road.â&#x20AC;?

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Sarah and David Patterson were celebrating their 10th anniversary of coaching the Crimson Tide in 1988. Their success had been nothing short RI DPD]LQJZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YHFRQVHFXWLYHWRSĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV including a high of third in 1986. Alabama was a strong team, with a solid foundation built on its coaches and the type of athletes they chose to bring into the program. The questions began brewing in the Pattersonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds though. Could their philosophy of developing the whole person produce championships? Would they be able to do things the way they ZDQWHGDQGVWLOOFOLPEWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOUXQJDQGSURGXFH a championship? The questions were answered emphatically in 1988. Alabama started the year 10-strong. It was a young squad, with two seniors, one junior, four

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sophomores and three freshmen. The Pattersons added to the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arsenal in January, when Kim Masters joined the Tide. Masters had planned to delay college for a year to train for the Seoul 2O\PSLFV$IWHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJQLQWKDWWKH86$ Gymnastics Championships the previous summer, her aspirations for the Olympic rings seemed within her grasp. Striving for that goal lost its appeal though and after much thought, Masters opted for college and the Tide. With its roster set, the season began. Alabama reeled off a trio of wins to get things going. Then something strange happened â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alabama tied LSU. With fractions of points being added up over the course of 24 individual performances, ties are rare in collegiate gymnastics. Then, at the next meet, Alabama did it again; tying Georgia at the UAhosted Red and White Classic and beating Utah.

In any other season, that would have been what the year would be known by, the year of two ties. This squad, though, was destined for far greater things. Alabama set the tone for the postseason E\ZLQQLQJLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW6RXWKHDVWHUQ&RQIHUHQFH Championship with a 190.15. It was only the second time in school history that the Tide had scored in the 190s. The Tide beat second-place Georgia by .95. The regionals were next for the Tide and a good performance would be necessary to advance to the NCAA Championships. Instead of a good performance, Alabama produced a school and NCAA-best mark of 191.75. The Tide posted the meetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top score on all four events both individually and as a team. Masters won the all-around followed by Marie Robbins in second and Tina Rinker in fourth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it was going to be possible to exceed what we did at the Southeastern Conference Championship, but they certainly did,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They came back and did a better job.â&#x20AC;? Nationals were in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of Ă&#x20AC;YHWLPH1&$$FKDPSLRQ8WDKWKH1RVHHG Alabama would also face defending NCAA champs Georgia, No. 3 seed LSU and No. 4 seed Florida. Both the competition and the arena were familiar, being the No. 1 seed was not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extra pressure on us being the No. 1 seed,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said prior to NCAAs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just achieved so many things â&#x20AC;&#x201C; winning the SEC, the record in the regionals and the No. 1 seed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too proud of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already accomplished to feel pressure.â&#x20AC;? If Alabama disagreed with their coach, it did not show. Those watching from the stands and those on press row observed a Crimson Tide team that was calm and loose going into the championships, having fun, being playful and displaying an indomitable team spirit. Alabama scored an NCAA Championship UHFRUGRQWKHZD\WRLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVWQDWLRQDOFKDPSLRQVKLS shattering the mark previously held by Utah (188.35) ZLWKD7KH7LGH¡VKLJKHVWDOODURXQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVK was ninth-place, highlighting the team effort it took to win the championship.  &RQVLVWHQF\DORQJZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHDQG enthusiasm were the keys for the Crimson Tide. The Pattersonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crew hit 23 of 24 routines, including a six-for-six balance beam rotation.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the beam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we won it,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was our best beam score of the year.â&#x20AC;? And if the beam was the event that led Alabama to the title, its seniors were the class pointing the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This national championship is for our two seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alli Beldon and Kathy Bilodeau,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said after the meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They hit all three events tonight. They were models for us all year. We just learned from their consistency, which has been our forte all season.â&#x20AC;? Four Alabama gymnasts earned seven AllAmerica honors. Sarah Patterson was named NCAA Coach of the Year, but most importantly, Alabama KDGLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$FKDPSLRQVKLS â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unbelievable,â&#x20AC;? Robbins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had so much fun. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when we are at our best.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Cheri Way noted the seeds were sown long before the trip to Utah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized we could win the national title after one long and tiresome Tuesday practice when we decided to go out and do it for us,â&#x20AC;? Way said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I realized we had won . . . my whole body went numb.â&#x20AC;? The good times were far from over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part about winning the championship was coming back home to Alabama,â&#x20AC;? Ali Blumberg said, a sentiment echoed by all her teammates at one point or another during that magical year. On April 30, 1988, the state of Alabama declared â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alabama Gymnasts Day.â&#x20AC;? There was a parade and a ceremony at the base of Denny Chimes. The next fall, the gymnasts received their championship rings at halftime of the Vanderbilt football game.

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Geralen Stack-Eaton

2012 NCAA Balance Beam Champion 2011 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion In 2012, for the second year a row, the NCAA team championship belonged to the Alabama Crimson Tide, and for the second year in a row, Geralen Stack-Eaton made sure that there was individual gold to go with the team trophy. As a junior, Stack-Eaton closed out her season by winning the NCAA Floor Exercise Championship, the same event that Alabama KDGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGRQWRZLQLWVĂ&#x20AC;IWKQDWLRQDOWHDP championship the night before. Her dynamic routine tallied a score of 9.9375, winning the 7LGH¡VWKLUGĂ RRUWLWOHVLQFHDQGĂ&#x20AC;IWK overall. As a senior, Stack-Eaton was once again instrumental in leading Alabama to the national WHDPWLWOHPDUNLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHWKH7LGHKDG won back-to-back team championships. And just as she had the year before, the Horsham, Pa., native returned the next day for an individual title, extending the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend-long mastery of the balance beam. During team competition, she posted scores of 9.95 and 9.9 on the beam, helping push Alabama to the two highest balance beam team marks at the championships. During HYHQWĂ&#x20AC;QDOVVKHWDOOLHGDRQWKHEHDP winning Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23rd individual NCAA title RYHUDOODQGĂ&#x20AC;IWKRQWKHEDODQFHEHDP

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Morgan Dennis

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Just a freshman, Morgan Dennis had already learned the trick of bringing the crowd to its feet. Her huge tumbling and feet-nailed-toWKHĂ RRUODQGLQJVZHUHHQRXJKWRH[FLWHHYHQ veteran gymnastics fans. But a national title, on WKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHDVDURRNLH"7KDWZDVJRLQJ to take some doing, especially in 2007 when 18 J\PQDVWVUHDFKHGWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHĂ&#x20AC;QDO But Dennis didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get rattled. She calmly waited, going 17th in the lineup. And when KHUWXUQĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\GLGFRPHDURXQGVKHPDGHWKH most of it, electrifying the crowd and scoring a 9.9625, the best of the night to that point. One more routine was to come, so after waiting most of the night to show what she had, she waited a little longer to see if her routine was golden. The last gymnast came close, with a 9.95, but not close enough and the Alabama rookie took home gold.

She wanted it back. As a freshman, Terin Humphrey had gone from Olympic silver to NCAA gold, winning the NCAA Uneven Bars Championship. As a sophomore, she earned All-America honors on the uneven bars, but did not repeat as champion. Winning title No. 2 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be easy. In October Humphrey had double elbow surgery to help ease problems she had worked through for years. She also faced the deepest, PRVWWDOHQWHGXQHYHQEDUVĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQ1&$$ history, one loaded with Olympians and U.S. champions. Humphrey was not to be denied, though, scoring a 9.95 to win her second title DQGUHDIĂ&#x20AC;UPKHUSODFHDVTXHHQRI WKHXQHYHQ bars.  +XPSUKH\¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$WLWOHFDPHDW the end of a long year, one that included the U.S. Olympic Trials, a spot on the Olympic team that included a pair of silver medals at the Athens Olympiad, and a stint on the T.J. Maxx Olympic Tour before joining the Tide in January. At the end of that very long freshman year, she found herself with one more routine to do. Up last, she had her work cut out for her with a 9.925 already on the board. The Olympic silver medalist was undaunted though, taking NCAA gold with a 9.9375.

Ashley Miles made it look easy. She made it ORRNOLNHĂ \LQJ+HUKXJHYDXOWVDQGWXPEOLQJ SDVVHVRQWKHĂ RRUH[HUFLVHPDGHKHUWKH must-see gymnast wherever she was, even at the NCAA Championships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wherever we were, when Ashley was on an event, all eyes in the gym were drawn to her,â&#x20AC;? Sarah Patterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an amazing phenomenon.â&#x20AC;? An outsized brand of gymnastics earned Miles four individual NCAA titles, tying Penney Hauschild for most in an Alabama career. She LVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWWRZLQPRUHWKDQ two national apparatus titles during a career. When she won the 2006 NCAA vault title, Miles became only the second gymnast in NCAA history to win three national vault FKDPSLRQVKLSVDQGWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRGRVRLQ years. She is one of only six gymnasts in NCAA history to win the same event three times and WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQPRUHWKDQDGHFDGHWRPDQDJHWKH feat. Her four individual national titles are tied for third all-time in NCAA history.

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Jeana Rice

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Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d spent a career being as good as anyone in the nation and at her last NCAA Championships, Jeana Rice proved KHUVHOI EHWWHUWKDQDQ\RQHHOVH2QWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW day of competition at the UCLA-hosted championships, Rice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who had already won two SEC and three NCAA Regional all-around titles in her career â&#x20AC;&#x201C; posted a 39.650 to win the NCAA All-Around Championship. Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career had been building to this moment from day one. She won six individual SEC championships and seven NCAA Regional titles over her four years. At WKH1&$$&KDPSLRQVKLSVVKHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGLQWKH top six in the all-around competition every year DVZHOODVSRVWLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHVLQWKHWRSVL[RQ individual events. Rice was rewarded for an outstanding senior year with the Honda Award for Gymnastics, presented annually to the national gymnast of the year. In addition to all her championship hardware, Rice set a national record as a senior, EHFRPLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW1&$$J\PQDVWWRHDUQĂ&#x20AC;YH All-America honors in three different seasons. She also set the national record for All-America KRQRUVLQDFDUHHUHDUQLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVWDQGVHFRQG team accolades.

It is a testament to AndreĂŠ Pickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talent and drive that she managed not only to win two NCAA titles, but win them in the most challenging fashion imaginable. As a freshman, Pickens competed in every event all three days of the NCAA Championships. On the last day, after leading $ODEDPDWRDWKLUGSODFHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQWKHWKLQDLU of Salt Lake City the day before, she harnessed her strength and boundless energy to win the NCAA Balance Beam title, earning gold on the event that made her nervous all season. Three years later, after coming back from a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended her junior season, Pickens again competed in 12 events over three days. But the four events on Saturday were simply icing on the cake for the Houston, Texas native who the night before had led the Tide to its fourth NCAA team title. In the waning moments of a spectacular career, Pickens brought the grit and determination that carried her through injury DQGUHKDEWREHDURQRQHĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXWLQHZLQQLQJ the NCAA Uneven Bars title. After landing that routine, Pickens gave a tired wave to the crowd, knowing she had given everything she had and it had been more than enough.

 ,QWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOSHUIRUPDQFHRI KHU&ULPVRQ 7LGHFDUHHUDVWKHPXVLFRI KHUĂ RRUURXWLQH UHDFKHGLWVĂ&#x20AC;QDOEHDWDQGWHDUVVWUHDPHGGRZQ her face, Kim Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success-studded career turned golden. The King of Prussia, Penn., native won the 1996 NCAA Floor Exercise Championship in front of the home crowd with a perfect 10.0 and an avalanche of applause. As extraordinary as the ending was, the JHQHVLVRI KHUFKDPSLRQVKLSĂ RRUURXWLQHLV even more so. In college gymnastics, the norm LVWRFKDQJHĂ RRUURXWLQHVRQO\RQFHGXULQJD career and a mid-season change was unheard of, until Kim Kelly.  7LGHIUHVKPDQ/LVD*LDQQL¡VĂ RRUURXWLQH ZDVVHWWRWKHVWUDLQVRI WKH$ODEDPDĂ&#x20AC;JKW song. When Gianni went down after the second meet of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, there was no one to carry the routine into the Tide-hosted nationals, until Kelly undertook the challenge. It was a move that Tide coach Sarah Patterson says she would not have been able to consider with anyone except Kelly. The move paid off when Kelly completed the postseason triple play, winning the SEC, NCAA Central Regional and NCAA Championships.

She tugged urgently at the sleeve of the QHDUHVWPHHWRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDODVNLQJKLPWRFKHFNDQG then double check the scores. There had been a mistake, someone else was supposed to be where she was. No mistake, the scores were right. Meredith :LOODUGWKHXOWLPDWHWHDPSOD\HULQDVSRUWĂ&#x20AC;OOHG with individuals, had won the 1996 NCAA AllAround Championship. Willardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have come as a surprise. She had been, throughout the 1996 season, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most consistent gymnast. Going into the NCAA Championships, she had hit an astounding and perfect 44 of 44 routines. She had also competed in 45 of a possible 48 events going into the championships. She had been very virtually unstoppable. Willard had not just been consistent, she had been consistently brilliant. She bettered or tied her career best all-around mark six times during the season. And at the NCAA Championships, on the night of the all-around, she was the best of the best, winning with a 39.450 total. Willardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent and ability led her to Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninth individual NCAA crown. Her poise and leadership led Alabama to a national team championship the next day.

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Dana Dobransky

1992 NCAA Balance Beam Champion 1993 NCAA Balance Beam Champion On her 1993 beam title: “Ending my career with a 10.0 RQEDODQFHEHDPÀQDOO\UHSUHVHQWHGWKDW,KDGZRUNHGIRU perfection. It made all of the mental perfection, all of the hard work, all of the falling, and getting up, worth it. It was great to be able to represent the University of Alabama with a perfect 10.” Best memory: “My most lasting memory is the love and support of our fans. That fan support was one of the reasons that I was attracted to Alabama, and when I got there, it was just great. I know that we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were, or are, without the love and support of all of our fans. The fans at Alabama are so supporting of everything, and that is the one thing that really stands out in my mind.”

Stephanie Woods 1996 NCAA Uneven Bars Champion

Stephanie Woods knew that the uneven EDUVURXWLQHVKHKDGMXVWÀQLVKHGKDGEHHQ special – she just wasn’t sure if anyone else NQHZ,WZDVWKHQLJKWRI WKHHYHQWÀQDOVDWWKH 1996 NCAA Championships and she had just completed her routine. But the Austin, Texas, native’s feeling about her routine carried over to the judges, who knew they had seen something special, something of championship caliber. In the history of the NCAA Championships, only three competitors have scored better on the uneven bars. There are three 10s scattered over the years. Woods is the ÀUVWWRHDUQD Woods had been brilliantly consistent all season on the uneven bars. Of her 15 routines, 12 scored 9.9 or better. She collected the 1996 NCAA Central Regional uneven bars and balance beam titles coming into the NCAA Championships. Woods scored back-to-back VLQWKH1&$$VHPLÀQDOVDQG6XSHU Six rounds. Her national championship performance was a career best.

Gina Basile

1991 NCAA Balance Beam Champion On the 1991 team title: “It was a very rewarding experience for me. It was especially great because it was at home in front of our families and our fans. It’s really a feeling that you can’t put into words. The best way that I can describe winning the national team title is that it is 11 girls, separated around the country, who are bonded together for life by a ring which represents talent, dedication, friendship and crimson pride.” Best memory: “Really, the thing that stands out in my mind is that there was no real pressure. There was some pressure, but really we just had a good time. Usually the person who wants it the most wins, and we just always pulled together, had a good time, and usually won. That’s what I will always remember.”

Dee Foster

1990 NCAA All-Around Champion On her title: “There were advantages and disadvantages to winning a national title. The advantages were, of course, the respect and national recognition in a sport that I had dedicated my life to. And the main disadvantage was the pressure to repeat. Thankfully, I had 10 other people there to help me through each of the next three years.”

Penney Hauschild

1985 NCAA All-Around Champion 1985 NCAA Uneven Bars Champion 1986 NCAA All-Around Champion 1986 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion On her national championships: “It was GHÀQLWHO\WKHSLQQDFOHRI P\J\PQDVWLFV career. But I know that nothing could have been done without Sarah, David, my teammates, the trainers, and really the entire athletic department. Although my titles were a great experience, I would have given anything to be able to be with the team in 1988 when they won the team national title.” Best memory: ´$IWHUP\ÁRRUH[HUFLVHDWWKH 1986 Nationals, which was the last event of my career, Sarah was standing right there. She had tears in her eyes, I had tears in my eyes, and we just came together and hugged. That will always be the one moment that will stand out in my mind.”

Best memory: “My junior year, during the Homecoming football game, we got our national championship rings down RQWKHÀHOGDWKDOIWLPH0\EHVWIULHQGZDVWKHUHWRHQMR\LW with me, and that made it extra special.”

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ALABAMA’S ALL-AMERICANS

The Crimson Tide’s 2012 roster featured nine All-Americans, including, from the left – Kayla Williams, Ashley Sledge, Rachel Terry, Kim Jacob, Geralen Stack-Eaton, Diandra Milliner, Ashley Priess, Sarah DeMeo and Marissa Gutierrez.

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2008

2003

Marissa Gutierrez V (4th) Diandra Milliner V (2nd) Ashley Priess BB (7th) Geralen Stack-Eaton AA (4th), BB (1st), FX (2nd)

Morgan Dennis FX (4th) Kayla Hoffman V (5th) Kassi Price UB (8th)

Mari Bayer UB (8th) Alexis Brion V Ashley Miles V (1st), FX (3rd) Jeana Rice AA (4th), V (8th), BB (3rd), UB (4th) Kristin Sterner BB (6th)

2011 Sarah DeMeo UB (3rd) Marissa Gutierrez V (5th) Kayla Hoffman AA (2nd), BB (2nd), V (4th) Kim Jacob AA (7th), BB (8th) Ashley Sledge V (7th) Geralen Stack-Eaton AA (3rd), FX (1st), V (7th), UB (15th)

2010 Morgan Dennis V, FX (5th) Kayla Hoffman UB (8th) Kassi Price UB (8th) Ashley Priess BB (10th) Geralen Stack-Eaton AA (4th), BB (6th), V (15th)

2009 Morgan Dennis UB (10th) Ricki Lebegern BB (10th) Ashley Priess BB (3rd), UB (12th)

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2007 Terin Humphrey UB (1st), BB (8th) Morgan Dennis FX (1st)

2006 Terin Humphrey BB (4th) Ashley Miles AA (5th), V (1st), FX (3rd)

2005 Dana Filetti UB (10th) Terin Humphrey BB (5th), UB (1st), FX (5th) Ashley Miles AA (3rd), V (4th), UB (7th), FX (2nd)

2004 Alexis Brion FX (5th) Ashley Miles V (1st), FX (1st), UB (6th) Jeana Rice AA (1st), BB (2nd), UB (13th)

2002 Natalie Barrington UB (4th) Andreé Pickens AA (2nd), V (3rd), BB (5th), UB (1st), FX (5th) Shannon Hrozek BB (9th) Alexis Brion V (6th), FX (4th) Jeana Rice AA (6th), BB(2nd) Kristin Sterner BB (3rd), FX (11th)

2001 Natalie Barrington UB (6th) Jeana Rice AA (3rd), FX (6th) Lissy Smith BB (6th) Kristin Sterner BB (5th)

2000 Natalie Barrington UB (7th) Katie Hornecker V (8th)

Andreé Pickens AA (8th), V (2nd), UB (4th) Kristin Sterner UB (11th), FX (5th) Dara Stewart UB (9th)

1999

1995

1991

1987

Kim Bonaventura UB (3rd) Merritt Booth FX (9th) Meredith Willard FX (11th) Stephanie Woods BB (5th), UB (6th)

Gina Basile - BB (3rd) Dana Dobransky - BB (6th), FX (3rd) Dee Foster - AA (2nd), V, UB, BB, FX Katherine Kelleher - V (7th) Shea McFall - V (6th) Kim Masters - V (5th), AA (8th) Kara Stilp - FX (8th)

Julie Estin AA (4th), BB (4th), FX (7th) Marie Robbins - UB (5th), FX (3rd)

Andreé Pickens AA (4th), V (5th), 1994 UB (4th), BB (1st), FX (10th) Chasity Junkin - AA (6th), V Lissy Smith BB (4th) (7th) Gwen Spidle V (8th) Kim Kelly - V (8th), UB (11th), 1998 FX (11th) Merritt Booth FX (17th) Kara Stilp UB (10th) Shay Murphy FX (8th) Meredith Willard - AA (3rd), Gwen Spidle AA (3rd), BB (8th) FX (4th)

1997 Meredith Willard AA (2nd), V, UB (4th), BB (3rd), FX (4th) Stephanie Woods UB (2nd)

1996 Merritt Booth V (5th) Kim Kelly FX (1st), BB (8th) Danielle McAdams FX (3rd) Marna Neubauer V (9th) Meredith Willard AA (1st), UB (4th), FX (7th) Stephanie Woods UB (1st)

1993 Dana Dobransky - BB (1st), FX (11th) Dee Foster AA (2nd), V (4th), UB (9th), FX (4th)

1992 Dana Dobransky - BB (1st) Sheryl Dundas - BB (6th) Dee Foster - AA (3rd), UB (3rd), BB (3rd), FX (2nd) Katherine Kelleher V (11th)

1990 Dee Foster - AA (1st), V (4th), UB (2nd), BB (2nd) Katherine Kelleher - BB (7th) Shea McFall - V (7th)

1989 Kim Masters - AA (6th) Cheri Way - BB (7th)

1988 Kathy Bilodeau - BB (6th), FX (7th) Tina Rinker - UB (7th) Marie Robbins - UB (2nd), BB (5th) Cheri Way - UB (3rd), FX (6th)

1986 Julie Estin - AA (5th) Lisa Farley - BB (7th) Kelly Good - V (6th) Penney Hauschild - AA (1st), V (3rd), UB (3rd), FX (1st)

1985 Julie Estin - V (7th), UB (4th) Penney Hauschild - AA (1st), UB (1st), BB (4th)

1984 Penney Hauschild - AA (4th), UB (2nd), BB (4th) Barbara Mack BB (6th)

1982 Julie Garrett - UB (4th), AIAW AA (5th), AIAW UB (4th)

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2003

1995

Sarah DeMeo - BB Marissa Gutierrez - FX Kim Jacob - FX, UB Diandra Milliner - FX Ashley Priess - AA, UB Ashley Sledge - UB Geralen Stack-Eaton - UB Kayla Williams - BB

Mari Bayer - BB Shannon Hrozek - BB Stephanie Kite - FX Jeana Rice - FX Kristin Sterner - AA

Kim Bonaventura ventura - BB Kim Kelly - BB, FX, V Marna Neubauer ubauer - UB Meredith Willard - AA

2011

2001

Diandra Milliner - BB

Jeana Rice - V, UB, BB Kristin Sterner - AA, V, FX Raegan Tomasek - BB

2010 Ricki Lebegern - BB Geralen Stack-Eaton - UB

2009 Ricki Lebegern - AA, FX Ashley Priess - AA, FX Rachel Terry - V

1994 2002 Jeana Rice - V

1992 Dana Dobransky ransky - AA, UB Katherine Kelleher - UB

1999

Morgan Dennis - AA, UB Casey Overton - BB

1998 Merritt Booth - V Gwen Spidle - V Dara Stewart - UB

1997 2006 Melanie Banville - UB Terin Humphrey - AA, UB, FX Brittany Magee - FX

2005 Shannon Hrozek - BB Terin Humphrey - AA Michelle Reeser - BB

2004 Alexis Brion - V Jeana Rice - V, FX

Dana Dobransky ransky - AA Kara Stilp - FX

Andreé Pickens - FX Lissy Smith - BB Kristin Sterner - AA

Lexa Evans - FX Dara Stewart - UB

Morgan Dennis - AA Kassi Price - UB

1993

2000

2008

2007

Kim Bonaventura ventura - UB Meredith Willard - V, UB, BB Stephaniee Woods - BB

Merritt Booth - FX Mandy Chapman - BB Gwen Spidle - FX

ALL-AMERICANS BY CAREER TOTAL ALL-AM Jeana Rice, 2001-04 2001 ............................................18 Dee Foster, 1990-93 1990 ............................................17 * Meredith Willard, 1994-97 ..................................16 ................................14 Andreé Pickens, 1999-2002 1 2003-06 .........................................12 Ashley Miles, 200 Geralen Stack-Eaton, Stack-Ea 2009-12............................12 2000-03......................................11 Kristin Sterner, 20 Hauschild, 1983-86................................10 Penney Hauschild Kim Kelly, 1993-96 1993-9 ..............................................10 Terin Humphrey, 2005-08 ...................................10 Dana Dobransky, 1990-93 ....................................8 ......................................8 Morgan Dennis, 2007-10 2 ...............................8 Ashley Priess, 2009-present 20 JJulie Ju lie Estin, 1984-87 1984- ...............................................6 Merritt ..........................................6 M Me rritt Booth, 1995-98 19 SStephanie St ephanie Woods, Woods 1994-97...................................5 ...........................................5 Gwen Spidle, 1996-99 199 Alexis Brion, 2002-05 2002 ............................................5 .......................................5 KKayla Ka yla Hoffman, 2008-11 2 .......................................4 Marie Robbins, 1987-90 1 Bonaventura, 1994-97 ..................................4 Kim Bonaventura Kelleher, 1989-92 .................................4 Katherine Kellehe .......................................4 Ricki Lebegern, 2007-10 2 .....................................4 Kim Jacob, 2011-present 2011Marna M Ma rna Neubauer, Neubauer 1993-96 ...................................3 ........................................3 Lissy Smith, 1998-2001 1998 ..........................................3 Kim Masters, 1988-91 198 1991-94 ...............................................3 Kara Stilp, 1991...........................................3 Julie Garrett, 1982-83 198 .....................................3 Dara Stewart, 1998-2001 19 McAdams, 1995-98 ................................3 Danielle McAdam 1987-90...............................................3 Cheri Way, 1987Barrington, 1999-2002 ............................3 Natalie Barringto Shannon Hrozek, 2002-05.....................................3 2007-10 .............................................3 Kassi Price, 2007 Gutierrez, 2010-present .......................3 Marissa Gutierre Diandra Milliner, 2011-present...........................3

Shea McFall, 1989-92 ...........................................2 Shay Murphy, 1995-98 ..........................................2 Kathy Bilodeau, 1985-88 ......................................2 Chasity Junkin, 1992-95 .......................................2 Mari Bayer, 2003-06..............................................2 Ashley Sledge, 2010-present ..............................2 Sarah DeMeo, 2011-present ...............................2 Barbara Mack, 1982-85........................................1 Tina Rinker, 1984-87.............................................1 Lisa Farley, 1985-87..............................................1 Kelly Good, 1986-89 ..............................................1 Gina Basile, 1989-92 ............................................1 Sheryl Dundas, 1991-94 .......................................1 Mandy Chapman, 1996-98...................................1 Lexa Evans, 1997-2000 ........................................1 Katie Hornecker, 1998-2001 .................................1 Raegan Tomasek, 1999-02 ..................................1 Stephanie Kite, 2001-04 .......................................1 Michelle Reeser, 2002-05 .....................................1 Dana Filetti, 2003-06 ............................................1 Melanie Banville, 2006..........................................1 Brittany Magee, 2006-09 ......................................1 Casey Overton, 2007-10........................................1 Rachel Terry, 2009-12 ...........................................1 Kayla Williams, 2012-present .............................1 62 ATHLETES WITH 277 HONORS

1996 Kim Bonaventura - BB Merritt Booth - FX Kim Kelly - AA, V Danielle McAdams - V, UB Shay Murphy - BB Marna Neubauer - FX Meredith Willard - BB

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ALABAMA AT THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2012 NCAA Seattle Regional Champions

Alabama has dominated the NCAA Regional Championships for more than 25 years and the 2012 season was no exception. Alabama came away with its 27th regional title in 2012, advancing to its 30th consecutive NCAA Championship. Geralen Stack-Eaton led the Crimson Tide with three individual titles, bringing her career total to seven. She was also voted Central Region Gymnast of the Year. Ashley Sledge, Sarah DeMeo and Marissa Gutierrez also won titles in $ODEDPD¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWWULS6HDWWOH:DVK The regional is a crucial step to making it to the NCAA Championships. The top 36 teams around the nation advance to six regional sites. The top 18 teams in the nation are seeded into the regions, while teams 19-36 stay in their home region or are placed in the next nearest regional. To advance to the NCAA

&KDPSLRQVKLSVDWHDPPXVWĂ&#x20AC;QLVK Ă&#x20AC;UVWRUVHFRQGLQRQHRI WKHVL[ regions. Alabama gymnasts have won 135 individual regional titles over the past 29 years. In addition to Stacking in 2012, Kayla Hoffman was named NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year in 2011 while Ashley Miles earned the honor in 2006 and AndreĂŠ Pickens won the same award four years running, from 1999 to 2002 before giving way to Jeana Rice in 2003. Miles set the Alabama career record for regional titles in 2006 when she won a pair of titles to push her all-time PDUNWR6KHLVDOVRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW7LGH gymnast to win the same regional event all four years of her career, sweeping ERWKWKHYDXOWDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHIURP 2003 to 2006. On her way to the Tide regional title record, Miles passed Pickens and Dee Foster, who are tied with nine

each. Hoffman, Miles and Foster are tied for the most titles in a single season. Foster won four in 1993, a number Miles matched in 2005 and Hoffman in 2011. Twice, in 1992 and 1993, David Patterson was named NCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2000 and 2002, former UA gymnast and current Associate Athletics Director for the Crimson Tide Marie Robbins was named NCAA Central Region Administrator of the Year. The Crimson Tide earned one Southeast Regional title in 1983, before making the jump to the Central Region, and winning 13 there. In 1999, the region structure changed, going to six regions. Alabama won the inaugural Region 6 title in 1999 and the Region 4 title in 2000. For the 2001 season, the names of the regions were changed back to directional designations and Alabama was once again competing out of the Central Region. Starting in 2009, the regional championships were named after the host city, which means Alabama competed in and won the NCAA Seattle Regional Championship in 2012. The Tide is in the midst of its second-longest regional win streak, earning eight titles in a row since Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJVHFRQGLQ7KH7LGH¡V longest regional win streak is 10 championships between 1987 and 1996. Overall, Alabama has won an NCAA-best 27 regional titles.

Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Individual NCAA Regional Champions:

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1998 ________ 1st 1997 ________2nd 1996 ________ 1st 1995 ________ 1st 1994 ________ 1st 1993 ________ 1st 1992 ________ 1st

1991 ________ 1st 1990 ________ 1st 1989 ________ 1st 1988 ________ 1st 1987 ________ 1st 1986 ________2nd 1985 ________ 1st

Ashley Miles won 10 individual NCAA regional titles.

1984 ________ 1st 1983 ________ 1st 1982 ________2nd

Ashley Miles - 10; AndreĂŠ Pickens - 9; Dee Foster - 9; Jeana Rice - 7; Kayla Hoffman - 7; Geralen Stack-Eaton - 7; Kim Kelly - 6; Morgan Dennis - 6; Julie Estin - 5; Penney Hauschild 5; Kim Masters - 4; Kristin Sterner - 4; Meredith Willard - 4; Terin Humphrey - 4; Brittany Magee - 3; Cheri Way - 3; Lissy Smith - 3; Marie Robbins - 3; Stephanie Woods - 3; Kassi Price - 3; Ashley Priess - 3; Barbara Mack - 2; Dara Stewart - 2; Gina Basile - 2; Katherine Kelleher - 2; Kathy Bilodeau - 2; Alexa Martinez - 1; Alexis Brion - 1; Cindy Wilson - 1; Dana Dobransky - 1; Danielle McAdams - 1; Gina Logan - 1; Gwen Spidle - 1; Kara Stilp - 1; Kim Bonaventura - 1; Robin Hawkins - 1; Shannon Hrozek - 1; Sheryl Dundas - 1; Tina Rinker - 1

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THE NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 | Seattle, Wash. 1. ALABAMA 197.025 2. LSU 196.075 3. Washington 195.825 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Geralen Stack-Eaton 39.400 UB Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.900 Ashley Sledge 9.900 BB Sarah DeMeo 9.900 FX Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.875 Marissa Gutierrez 9.875 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.275 2. Illinois 195.925 3. Penn State 195.850 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Kayla Hoffman 39.600 V Kayla Hoffman 9.925 UB Kayla Hoffman 9.925 BB Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.950 FX Kayla Hoffman 9.925 2010 | Lexington, Ky. 1. ALABAMA 2. Nebraska 3. Illinois

197.400 195.975 195.425

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Geralen Stack-Eaton 39.550 V Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.900 Kayla Hoffman 9.900 UB Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.900 Kassi Price 9.900 BB Ashley Priess 9.875 FX Morgan Dennis 9.950 2009 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.000 2. Oklahoma 196.600 3. Missouri 196.000 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Ashley Priess 39.550 V Kayla Hoffman 9.925 UB Kayla Hoffman 9.950 BB Ashley Priess 9.950 FX Morgan Dennis 9.925 2008 | Norman, Okla. 1. ALABAMA 197.300 2. Oklahoma 195.875 3. Iowa 195.425

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Morgan Dennis 39.625 V Morgan Dennis 9.950 UB Kassi Price 9.900 BB Kassi Price 9.900 Brittany Magee 9.900 FX Morgan Dennis 9.925 2007 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 196.475 2. *Oklahoma 195.925 3. Iowa State 195.925 *Advanced on the tiebreaker Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Terin Humphrey 9.900 V Morgan Dennis 9.950 UB Terin Humphrey 9.900 2006 | Palo Alto, Calif. 1. ALABAMA 196.475 2. Oregon State 195.800 3. Stanford 195.275 Alabama Regional ChampionsV Ashley Miles 9.900 Brittany Magee 9.900 BB Terin Humphrey 9.900 FX Ashley Miles 9.900 Brittany Magee 9.900 2005 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 196.675 2. Iowa State 195.625 3. Auburn 194.800 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Ashley Miles 39.525 V Ashley Miles 9.925 UB Ashley Miles 9.850 Terin Humphrey 9.850 FX Ashley Miles 9.950 2004 | Corvallis, Ore. 1. Oklahoma 197.100 2. ALABAMA 196.900 3. Oregon State 196.850 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Jeana Rice 39.550 V Ashley Miles 9.950 UB Jeana Rice 9.900 Shannon Hrozek 9.900 FX Ashley Miles 9.950

2003 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.550 2. *Auburn 196.350 3. Central Michigan 196.350 *Advanced on the tiebreaker

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Robin Hawkins 39.225 UB AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.875 BB Lissy Smith 9.925 FX AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.950

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Kristin Sterner 39.625 V Ashley Miles 9.950 BB Kristin Sterner 9.950 FX Ashley Miles 10.000

1998 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 196.550 2. Michigan 196.000 3. LSU 195.250

2002 | Morgantown, W.Va. 1. ALABAMA 197.900 2. Minnesota 196.050 3. West Virginia 194.850 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Jeana Rice 39.625 V Alexis Brion 9.900 Jeana Rice 9.900 UB AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.975 BB Alexa Martinez 9.950 AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.950 Jeana Rice 9.950 Kristin Sterner 9.950 FX AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.950 2001 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 198.000 2. Arizona State 195.950 3. Minnesota 195.800

1997 | Ann Arbor, Mich. 1. Michigan 197.700 2. ALABAMA 196.250 3. LSU 196.175 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Meredith Willard 39.625 BB Meredith Willard 9.925 1996 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. ALABAMA 198.075 2. Michigan 196.275 3. LSU 194.525

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Jeana Rice 39.475 V AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.925 Kristin Sterner 9.925 UB AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.950 BB Lissy Smith 9.950 FX Jeana Rice 9.975

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Kim Kelly 39.750 V Kim Kelly 9.950 UB Meredith Willard 9.925 Stephanie Woods 9.925 BB Kim Kelly 9.900 Meredith Willard 9.900 Stephanie Woods 9.900 FX Kim Kelly 10.00

2000 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.300 2. Iowa State 196.100 3. Central Michigan 193.200

1995 | Ann Arbor, Mich. 1. ALABAMA 196.675 2. Michigan 195.725 3. LSU 195.075

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA AndreĂŠ Pickens 39.475 UB Dara Stewart 9.975 BB Lissy Smith 9.925 FX AndreĂŠ Pickens 9.925

Alabama Regional ChampionsV Kim Kelly 10.000 UB Kim Bonaventura 9.850 BB Stephanie Woods 9.950

1999 | Morgantown, W.Va. 1. ALABAMA 196.625 2. West Virginia 195.275 3. NC State 194.900

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Alabama Regional ChampionsUB Dara Stewart 9.900 BB Gina Logan 9.900 Gwen Spidle 9.900 Danielle McAdams 9.900

1994 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 196.900 2. LSU 194.400 3. Michigan 193.600 Alabama Regional ChampionsFX Kim Kelly 9.925

1993 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. ALABAMA 196.075 2. LSU 194.700 3. Auburn 194.200 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Dee Foster 39.800 V Dee Foster 9.925 BB Dee Foster 9.950 FX Dee Foster 9.975 1992 | Columbia, Mo. 1. ALABAMA 2. Michigan 3. Auburn

193.125 189.775 188.525

Alabama Regional ChampionsV Dee Foster 9.850 BB Gina Basile 9.800 FX Kara Stilp 9.700 1991 | Auburn, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 2. Auburn 3. LSU

195.575 192.150 191.750

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Dee Foster 39.375 V Kim Masters 9.850 UB Dee Foster 9.825 Katherine Kelleher 9.825 BB Sheryl Dundas 9.925 FX Dee Foster 9.925 1990 | Minneapolis, Minn. 1. ALABAMA 194.150 2. LSU 190.850 3. Minnesota 188.650 Alabama Regional ChampionsV Marie Robbins 9.800 BB Dana Dobransky 9.725 FX Dee Foster 9.825 1989 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 192.750 2. LSU 187.550 3. Michigan State 186.700 Alabama Regional ChampionsUB Gina Basile 9.800 Cheri Way 9.800 BB Katherine Kelleher 9.700 FX Tina Rinker 9.850 1988 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. ALABAMA 191.750 2. LSU 190.050 3. Michigan State 187.150

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Kim Masters 38.600 V Kim Masters 9.750 UB Kim Masters 9.750 Marie Robbins 9.750 BB Kathy Bilodeau 9.700 FX Cheri Way 9.750 1987 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 189.050 2. LSU 186.600 3. Michigan State 183.600 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Marie Robbins 38.150 FX Cheri Way 9.700 1986 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. LSU 185.250 2. ALABAMA 185.050 3. Michigan State 177.950 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Julie Estin 37.850 UB Julie Estin 9.600 FX Penney Hauschild 9.650 1985 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 186.350 2. LSU 181.500 3. Michigan State 178.350 Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Penney Hauschild 37.700 V Cindy Wilson 9.550 UB Penney Hauschild 9.550 Barbara Mack 9.550 BB Barbara Mack 9.600 FX Kathy Bilodeau 9.550 1984 | Columbia, Mo. 1. ALABAMA 2. Southern Illinois 3. Missouri

180.500 173.550 173.300

Alabama Regional ChampionsAA Julie Estin 37.350 UB Penney Hauschild 9.400 BB Julie Estin 9.200 FX Julie Estin 9.400 Penney Hauschild 9.400 1983 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. ALABAMA 184.750 2. Florida 184.650 3. LSU 182.650 1982 | Athens, Ga. 1. Florida 2. ALABAMA 3. Georgia

144.850 143.900 143.700

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ALABAMA AND THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SEC Team Championships: 2011, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1988

Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Individual SEC Champions: AndreĂŠ Pickens Ashley Miles Jeana Rice Morgan Dennis Dee Foster Ricki Lebegern Ashley Priess Geralen Stack-Eaton Julie Estin Kim Kelly Barbara Mack Brittany Magee Casey Overton

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Dana Dobransky Gina Basile Julie Garrett Katherine Kelleher Kayla Hoffman Lissy Smith Marie Robbins Melanie Banville Natalie Barrington Patti Rice Penney Hauschild Stephanie Woods Terin Humphrey

Alabama at the SEC Championships:

Kayla Hoffman, pictured above with Commissioner Mike Slive, earned almost every accolade the Southeastern Conference has to offer in 2011, including the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top honor WHENSHEWASNAMEDTHE3%#&EMALE!THLETEOFTHE9EAR3HEWASALSOTHElRSTINLEAGUEHISTORYTOWIN3%#'YMNASTOFTHE9EARAND3%#'YMNASTICS3CHOLAR !THLETEOFTHE9EAR HONORSINTHESAMESEASON(OFFMANRECEIVEDAN3%#0OSTGRADUATE3CHOLARSHIPANDWASAlNALISTFORTHE("OYD-C7HORTER3%#3CHOLAR !THLETEOFTHE9EAR

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The SEC has done well on an individual level as well, with a conference athlete taking home the NCAA all-around title 14 times. Alabama athletes have been especially productive in that area, with IRXU&ULPVRQ7LGHDWKOHWHVSURGXFLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHDOODURXQGWLWOHV -HDQD5LFH 2004, Meredith Willard 1996, Dee Foster 1990, Penney Hauschild 1985 and 1986). From 1989-98, the conference claimed nine of the 10 all-around crowns, including six straight from 1993-98. Of the 14 conference schools, eight sponsor gymnastics programs: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Missouri.

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2012 ______ 2nd 2001 ______ 2nd 1990 ______ 1st 2011 ______ 1st 2000 ______ 1st 1989 ______ 2nd 2010 ______ 2nd 1999 ______ 2nd 1988 ______ 1st 2009 ______ 1st 1998 ______ 4th 1987 ______ 3rd 2008 ______ 2nd 1997 ______ 4th 1986 ______ 3rd 2007 ______ 3rd 1996 ______ 2nd 1985 ______ 2nd 2006 ______ 2nd 1995 ______ 1st 1984 ______ 3rd 2005 ______ 3rd 1994 ______ 2nd 1983 ______ 2nd 2004 ______ 2nd 1993 ______ 2nd 1982 ______ 2nd 2003 ______ 1st 1992 ______ 2nd 1981 ______ 3rd 2002 ______ 2nd 1991 ______ 2nd (DWRQZRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHFKDPSLRQVKLSVZKLOH Kayla Hoffman clinched the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh SEC team title by winning the vault championship with a score of 9.95. Hoffman was also named the 2011 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, an award that spans all sports offered by the league, marking the Ă&#x20AC;IWKWLPHDQ$ODEDPDJ\PQDVWKDVHDUQHGWKDWWLWOH7LGHJ\PQDVWV alone have earned more SEC Female Athlete of the Year honors than all but one other school. The leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top scholar-athlete has come from the Tide three times, with Kristin Sterner (2003), Meredith Willard (1997) and Julie Estin (1987) earning the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. The SEC Gymnast of the Year has hailed from Alabama six times, including Hoffman in 2011, while the Freshman Gymnast of the Year has worn Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crimson and white three times. In the classroom, Alabama has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors 246 times, including a conference-record 17 in 2012.

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ALABAMA’S SEC HONORS SEC Athlete of the Year

Jeana Rice 2004

Andreé Pickens 2002

Dee Foster 1990

Penney Hauschild 1985

Kim Jacob, pictured above with Commissioner Mike Slive and Auburn’s Laura Lane, was named the Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012, giving the Crimson Tide back-to-back honors after Kayla Hoffman earned the same honor in 2011.

SEC Athlete of the Year 2011 2004 2002 1990 1985

Kayla Hoffman Jeana Rice Andreé Pickens Dee Foster Penney Hauschild

H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2003 1997 1987

Kristin Sterner Meredith Willard Julie Estin

SEC Gymnast of the Year SEC Postgraduate 2011 Kayla Hoffman Scholarship 2003 2002 2001 2000 1997

Jeana Rice Andreé Pickens Andreé Pickens Andreé Pickens Meredith Willard

SEC Gymnastics Freshman of the Year 1999 1998 1994

Andreé Pickens Robin Hawkins Meredith Willard

SEC Coach of the Year 2010 2000 1995 1985

Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson Sarah Patterson

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Kayla Hoffman Kassi Price Kristin Sterner Andreé Pickens Meredith Willard Dana Dobransky Katherine Kelleher Marie Robbins Kelly Good Julie Estin

SEC Community Service Team 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Ria Domier Alyssa Chapman Kassi Price Ricki Lebegern Ricki Lebegern Courtney Priess Dana Pierce Dana Pierce Stephanie Kite

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2012 2011 2005

Kim Jacob Kayla Hoffman Michelle Reeser

Kristin Sterner 2003

Meredith Willard 1997

Julie Estin 1987

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ALABAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SEC TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2000 SEC Champions

Sarah Patterson and company couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been much looser coming into the championships. Warm-ups in Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell &HQWHUZHUHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKODXJKWHU7LPHLQWKHORFNHUURRPZDVVSHQW playing games and singing along with music the Tide had brought along. $ORQJZLWKWKHODXJKWHUDQGWKHVPLOHVWKHUHZDVDTXLHWFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH  %\WKHWLPH$ODEDPDĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGWKHLUODVWYDXOWWKH\NQHZWKH\KDG won the meet over LSU and Georgia, which tied for second, by .375. In addition to winning the all-around, vault and uneven bars, AndreĂŠ Pickens earned All-SEC honors and was named SEC Gymnast of the Year. Her three SEC titles in one season matched Dee Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 effort for best in Tide history.

1995 SEC Champions

Alabama was in Gainesville, Fla., for the SEC Championships and going into its last rotation, the vault, Alabama was fourth. The Crimson Tide responded with the highest vault total in NCAA history, counting nothing less than a 9.9. Freshman Merritt Booth and senior Chasity Junkin both posted career-best marks of 9.975. Junior Kim Kelly stuck DSHUIHFWWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWKHVHULHV1RZWKH7LGHKDGWRZDLWDQGVHHLI  their best had been good enough. Even the coaches didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know until WKHVFRUHVZHUHDQQRXQFHG$XEXUQZDVVL[WK.HQWXFN\Ă&#x20AC;IWK)ORULGD fourth, Georgia third, at this point a sigh of relief went up from the Crimson Tide contingent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they were at least second. LSU was second, and the Alabama contingent roared with the pleasure of winning by .05.

1990 SEC Champions 2011 SEC Champions

The Crimson Tide started off the 2011 SEC Championships with a solid score on the uneven bars and proceeded to improve every URWDWLRQDIWHUWKDWĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRII ZLWKWKHEHVWVFRUHRI WKHQLJKWE\DQ\ team on any event, when it scored a 49.5 on the vault. The Tide was on a bye for the last rotation, waiting in its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bama Bubbleâ&#x20AC;? to see if anyone could catch them. In the end, second-place Florida came up a quarter of a point short and the Tide won title No. 7 with a 197.225. Senior Kayla Hoffman won the vault with a 9.95 while junior *HUDOHQ6WDFN(DWRQZRQWKHEDODQFHEHDPDQGĂ RRUH[HUFLVHZLWK matching scores of 9.925. Hoffman and Stack-Eaton both earned Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHDP$OO6(&KRQRUVZKLOHVRSKRPRUH0DULVVD*XWLHUUH]DQG Ashley Sledge earned second-team honors. Sarah DeMeo, Kim Jacob and Diandra Milliner all earned second-team and All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman honors.

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2009 SEC Champions

Alabama rolled to its sixth SEC title with a complete team performance that saw everyone adding to the Crimson Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win. After Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJLQVHFRQGSODFHE\LQ$ODEDPDFDPHEDFNVWURQJ in 2009, out-pointing second place Georgia by .375, 197.300-196.925. -XQLRU0RUJDQ'HQQLVOHGWKHZD\ZLWKZLQVRQWKHYDXOWDQGĂ RRU exercise while junior Ricki Lebegern, sophomore Kayla Hoffman and freshman Ashley Priess all earned second team All-SEC honors. Priess and Geralen Stack-Eaton also earned SEC All-Freshman honors.

2003 SEC Champions

It was a battle from the word go. But in the end, the youngest WHDP$ODEDPDKDGHYHUSXWRQWKHĂ RRUZRQWKHSURJUDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;IWK6(& team title, upending second-place Georgia 197.575-197.525. Junior Jeana Rice was named SEC Gymnast of the Year after winning three HYHQWVLQFOXGLQJWKHDOODURXQG)UHVKPDQ$VKOH\0LOHVZRQWKHĂ RRU exercise with a 9.975 to clinch the Tideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory. Sophomore Michelle Reeser and freshman Larissa Stewart earned second team All-SEC on the balance beam and uneven bars, respectively.

Alabama started the decade of the 1990s off with a bang. Sarah and David Patterson and company won the 1990 SEC Championship in Athens, Ga. Senior Marie Robbins led the Tide, winning the all-around. It marked a triumphant return from an ankle injury that had cut short her 1989 season. And if Florida was Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main rival in the early to mid 1980s, Georgia stepped into that position in the late 1980s through the next two decades, which made the win in Athens all the sweeter.

1988 SEC Champions

At the 1988 SEC Championships the Crimson Tide faced Georgia, LSU and Florida, all three ranked in the top-10 nationally. All three, along with the Tide, would be in the hunt for the NCAA title come April. The championships were in Tuscaloosa, where they had been in 1985, the year current Alabama senior captains Alli Beldon and Kathy Bilodeau had been freshmen. Alabama didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t claim a single individual title but came away with its Ă&#x20AC;UVWFRQIHUHQFHFURZQDQGDQ6(&FKDPSLRQVKLSUHFRUGDVZHOO8$¡V 190.15 marked only the second time in school history that it had scored in the 190s. The Tide outpointed second-place Georgia by .95.

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THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 | Duluth, Ga. 1. Florida 2. ALABAMA 3. Georgia 4. LSU 5. Kentucky 6. Arkansas 7. Auburn

197.150 196.775 196.575 196.425 194.350 194.175 194.100

2011 | Birmingham, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.225 2. Florida 196.975 3. Georgia 196.650 4. Arkansas 195.800 5. LSU 195.475 6. Auburn 195.325 7. Kentucky 193.950 Alabama SEC ChampionsV Kayla Hoffman 9.950 BB Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.925 FX Geralen Stack-Eaton 9.925 2010 | Jacksonville, Fla. 1. Florida 197.050 2. ALABAMA 196.875 3. Georgia 196.825 4. LSU 195.750 5. Auburn 195.575 6. Arkansas 195.275 7. Kentucky 194.800 Alabama SEC ChampionsV Morgan Dennis 9.900 BB Ashley Priess 9.950 AA Ashley Priess 39.500 2009 | Nashville, Tenn. 1. ALABAMA 197.300 2. Georgia 196.925 3. Florida 196.750 4. LSU 196.550 5. Auburn 196.350 6. Arkansas 195.650 7. Kentucky 195.000 Alabama SEC ChampionsV Morgan Dennis 9.950 FX Morgan Dennis 9.950

2008 | Duluth, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. ALABAMA Florida 4. LSU 5. Arkansas 6. Auburn 7. Kentucky

197.350 197.325 197.325 196.250 194.550 194.475 194.000

Alabama SEC ChampionsV Morgan Dennis 9.950 Ricki Lebegern 9.950 BB Morgan Dennis 9.900 Ricki Lebegern 9.900 Casey Overton 9.900 FX Morgan Dennis 9.950 2007 | Little Rock, Ark. 1. Florida 197.325 2. Georgia 197.175 3. ALABAMA 197.000 4. LSU 196.250 5. Arkansas 194.550 6. Auburn 194.475 7. Kentucky 194.000 Alabama SEC ChampionBB Ricki Lebegern 9.900 2006 | Birmingham, Ala. 1. Georgia 197.275 2. ALABAMA 196.975 3. Florida 196.275 4. LSU 195.900 5. Auburn 194.975 6. Arkansas 194.650 7. Kentucky 191.150 Alabama SEC ChampionsUB Melanie Banville 9.900 FX Ashley Miles 9.950 Brittany Magee 9.950 2005 | Duluth, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. LSU 3. ALABAMA 4. Florida 5. Arkansas 6. Auburn 7. Kentucky

2004 | Duluth, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. ALABAMA 3. LSU 4. Florida 5. Auburn 6. Arkansas 7. Kentucky

198.175 197.950 197.275 197.225 195.925 194.825 193.850

Alabama SEC ChampionsV Jeana Rice 9.975 UB Jeana Rice 9.950 FX Ashley Miles 10.000 AA Jeana Rice 39.850 2003 | Birmingham, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 197.575 2. Georgia 197.525 3. Florida 195.950 4. LSU 195.650 5. Auburn 195.025 6. Arkansas 194.875 Kentucky 194.875 Alabama SEC ChampionsUB Jeana Rice 9.925 BB Jeana Rice 9.950 FX Ashley Miles 9.975 AA Jeana Rice 39.600 2002 | Birmingham, Ala. 1. Georgia 197.025 2. ALABAMA 196.925 3. Florida 196.425 4. LSU 196.225 5. Auburn 194.325 Kentucky 194.325 Alabama SEC ChampionsV Andreé Pickens 9.950 UB Andreé Pickens 9.950 BB Andreé Pickens 9.925 AA Andreé Pickens 39.725

197.250 196.975 196.700 196.050 195.225 195.125 193.925

2001 | Birmingham, Ala. 1. Georgia 198.000 2. ALABAMA 197.425 3. Florida 196.450 4. LSU 196.300 5. Kentucky 195.850 6. Auburn 194.500

Alabama SEC ChampionsV Ashley Miles 9.925 UB Ashley Miles 9.950 Terin Humphrey 9.950 FX Ashley Miles 9.950

Alabama SEC ChampionsUB Natalie Barrington 9.950 BB Lissy Smith 9.950

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2000 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. ALABAMA 197.200 2. LSU 196.825 Georgia 196.825 4. Florida 195.775 5. Kentucky 194.650 6. Auburn 192.500 Alabama SEC ChampionsV Andreé Pickens 9.925 UB Andreé Pickens 9.925 AA Andreé Pickens 39.600 1999 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. Georgia 197.475 2. ALABAMA 196.775 3. Florida 195.875 4. LSU 195.375 5. Kentucky 194.875 6. Auburn 194.000 1998 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. Georgia 197.600 2. Florida 196.725 3. LSU 196.450 4. ALABAMA 195.400 5. Kentucky 193.600 6. Auburn 192.425 1997 | Athens, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. Florida 3. LSU 4. ALABAMA 5. Kentucky 6. Auburn

198.375 196.050 196.025 195.775 195.075 192.550

1996 | Lexington, Ky. 1. Georgia 197.450 2. ALABAMA 196.950 3. Florida 195.650 4. Kentucky 195.250 5. LSU 193.150 6. Auburn 191.150 Alabama SEC ChampionFX Kim Kelly 9.950 1995 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. ALABAMA 196.175 2. LSU 196.125 3. Georgia 195.875 4. Florida 195.650 5. Kentucky 191.975 6. Auburn 190.675

1994 | Auburn, Ala. 1. Georgia 2. ALABAMA 3. LSU 4. Florida 5. Auburn 6. Kentucky

196.700 195.175 194.150 194.125 192.700 189.750

1993 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. Georgia 197.050 2. ALABAMA 196.050 3. Auburn 193.200 4. LSU 192.900 5. Florida 192.100 6. Kentucky 189.350

1989 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. Florida 191.500 2. ALABAMA 191.050 3. Georgia 190.400 4. LSU 187.900 5. Kentucky 182.650 6. Auburn 185.050 Alabama SEC ChampionV Katherine Kelleher 9.550

Alabama SEC ChampionAA Dee Foster 39.650

1988 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. ALABAMA 190.150 2. Georgia 189.200 3. Florida 188.850 4. LSU 187.400 5. Kentucky 183.400 6. Auburn 183.200

1992 | Baton Rouge, La. 1. Georgia 196.400 2. ALABAMA 194.500 3. Auburn 191.350 4. Florida 189.600 5. LSU 188.650 6. Kentucky 185.950

1987 | Athens, Ga. 1. Georgia 2. Florida 3. ALABAMA 4. LSU 5. Auburn 6. Kentucky

Alabama SEC ChampionBB Dana Dobransky 9.900

1986 | Gainesville, Fla. 1. Georgia 185.150 2. Florida 184.100 3. ALABAMA 183.750 4. LSU 176.600 5. Kentucky 175.950 6. Auburn 171.400

1991 | Lexington, Ky. 1. Georgia 2. ALABAMA 3. LSU 4. Florida 5. Auburn 6. Kentucky

194.100 194.050 192.400 191.300 189.250 186.000

Alabama SEC ChampionsV Dee Foster 9.950 UB Gina Basile 9.850 BB Dee Foster 9.850 FX Dee Foster 9.950 1990 | Athens, Ga. 1. ALABAMA 2. LSU 3. Georgia 4. Auburn 5. Florida 6. Kentucky

193.550 192.050 191.850 188.150 188.000 186.300

189.400 185.650 185.300 184.450 181.400 180.950

ALABAMA SEC ChampionV Julie Estin 9.550 UB Julie Estin 9.550 1985 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1. Florida 185.650 2. ALABAMA 183.650 3. Georgia 181.800 4. LSU 180.500 5. Kentucky 173.450 6. Auburn 158.900 Alabama SEC ChampionsUB Barbara Mack 19.050 AA Penney Hauschild 37.700

Alabama SEC ChampionAA Marie Robbins 38.800

Alabama SEC ChampionsV Kim Kelly 10.000 UB Stephanie Woods 9.900

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ALABAMA’S SEC CHAMPIONS 2011

2000

Alabama Team Kayla Hoffman vault Geralen Stack-Eaton floor exercise, balance beam

Alabama Andreé Pickens

2010

Kim Kelly

Ashley Priess Morgan Dennis

all-around, balance beam vault

2009 Alabama Morgan Dennis

Team vault, floor exercise

Morgan Dennis Ricki Lebegern Casey Overton

vault, floor exercise, balance beam vault, balance beam balance beam

Ashley Miles

Team vault uneven bars

2003 Ashley Miles (FX) Jeana Rice (AA, UB, BB) Michelle Reeser (BB*) Larissa Stewart (UB*)

all-around

Dana Dobransky

balance beam

Alabama Marie Robbins

uneven bars vault, balance beam, floor exercise Team all-around

Three-year All-SEC honoree Geralen Stack-Eaton

uneven bars vault, uneven bars, floor exercise all-around, vault, uneven bars floor exercise

Katherine Kelleher

2012

Team

Ashley Priess (V*) Geralen Stack-Eaton (AA*)

1988 Alabama

2011

1986 Julie Estin

Team all-around, uneven bars, balance beam floor exercise

vault

vault, uneven bars

1985 Penney Hauschild Barbara Mack

all-around uneven bars

1983 all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam

2001 Natalie Barrington uneven bars Lissy Smith balance beam

Patti Rice

floor exercise

1982 Julie Garrett

uneven bars

Sarah DeMeo (BB*#) Marissa Gutierrez (V, FX*) Kayla Hoffman (AA, V) Kim Jacob (BB, FX*#) Diandra Milliner (AA*#) Ashley Sledge (FX*) Geralen Stack-Eaton (AA, BB, FX)

2010 Morgan Dennis (V) Kayla Hoffman (UB*, FX*) Ricki Lebegern (AA*) Ashley Priess (AA, BB)

2009 Morgan Dennis (V, FX)

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Kayla Hoffman (V*, BB*) Ricki Lebegern (AA*) Ashley Priess (V*#) Geralen Stack-Eaton (AA#) Caitlin Sullivan (BB#) Morgan Dennis (AA, V, BB, FX) Kayla Hoffman (V*#) Ricki Lebegern (V, BB) Casey Overton (BB) Kassi Price (UB*)

2007 Morgan Dennis (AA*) Ricki Lebegern (BB)

2006 Melanie Banville (UB) Brittany Magee (FX) Ashley Miles (FX)

Dee Foster (AA)

1992 Dana Dobransky (AA) Katherine Kelleher (AA)

1991 Gina Basile (UB) Dee Foster (V, BB, FX)

1990 Dee Foster (AA) Marie Robbins (AA)

1989

Natalie Barrington (UB*) Alexis Brion (FX*) Andreé Pickens (AA, V, UB, BB) Raegan Tomasek (FX*)

Katherine Kelleher (AA) Kim Masters (AA) Tina Rinker (AA)

Natalie Barrington (UB) Andreé Pickens (AA) Jeana Rice (AA) Lissy Smith (BB) Kristin Sterner (AA)

2000 Andreé Pickens (AA, V, UB) Kristin Sterner (AA)

1988 Kim Masters (AA) Tina Rinker (AA) Marie Robbins (AA)

1987 Julie Estin (AA)

1986 Julie Estin (AA) Penney Hauschild (AA)

1985

Mandy Chapman (AA)

Julie Estin (AA) Penney Hauschild (AA)

1997

1984

1998

2008

1993

2002

2001

1989

2002 Andreé Pickens

Ashley Miles (FX) Jeana Rice (AA, V, UB)

1992

1990

2003 Alabama Jeana Rice

2004

1993

uneven bars floor exercise floor exercise

2004 Jeana Rice Ashley Miles

Alabama Kim Kelly Stephanie Woods

Gina Basile Dee Foster

2005 Terin Humphrey Ashley Miles

floor exercise

Terin Humphrey (UB) Ashley Miles (V, UB, FX)

1995

balance beam

2006 Melanie Banville Brittany Magee Ashley Miles

2005

1991

2007 Ricki Lebegern

Team all-around, vault, uneven bars

1996

Dee Foster

2008

ALABAMA’S ALL-SEC

Mandy Chapman (AA)

Julie Estin (AA)

1996

1983

Kim Kelly (AA, FX) Meredith Willard (AA)

Julie Garrett (AA) Patti Rice (AA)

1995

1982

Kim Kelly (V) Stephanie Woods (UB)

1994

Julie Garrett (AA) * = second team honor # = freshman honor

Kim Kelly (AA)

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ALABAMA’S SEC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL While it is evident that Alabama gymnastics is one of the nation’s best teams in the gym, it is absolutely dominant when it comes to the classroom. The best barometer of such success on a conference level is the SEC Academic Honor Roll, instituted in 1984, and a leaguebest 246 Alabama gymnasts have earned the award. The Crimson Tide has averaged more than 10 honors a year since 2000, including a program-best 17 in 2012. From 1984-2001 the honor roll was open to all gymnasts sophomore class or better in academic standing. Starting in 2002, the awards were determined by the academic year (fall and spring semester) or cumulative GPA, making IUHVKPHQHOLJLEOHIRUWKHÀUVW time. 2012 Becca Alexin, Jr., General Health Studies; Olivia Carisella, Soph., Food & Nutrition; Kaitlyn Clark, Fr. Exercise Science; Sarah DeMeo, Soph., General Health Studies; Ria Domier, Soph., Chemical Engineering; Lindsey Fowler, Soph., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Lora Leigh Frost, Fr. Health Studies; Marissa Gutierrez, Jr., Human Environmental Sciences; Kim Jacob, Soph., Exercise Science; Diandra Milliner, Soph., Health Studies; Brooke Parker, Fr. General Business; Ashley Priess, Sr., Spanish; Ashley Sledge, Jr., Public Relations; Geralen Stack-Eaton, Sr., Telecommunications & Film; Rachel Terry, Sr., Early Childhood Education; Hannah Toussaint, Soph., Communicative Disorders; Kayla Williams, Fr. Public Relations

2011 Becca Alexin, Soph., General Health Studies; Olivia Carisella, Fr., Food & Nutrition; Alyssa Chapman, Sr., Psychology; Sarah DeMeo, Fr., General Health Studies; Ria Domier, Fr., Chemical Engineering; Lindsey Fowler, Fr., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Marissa Gutierrez, Soph., Human Environmental Sciences; Kayla Hoffman,

Sr., Human Development & Family Studies; Kim Jacob, Fr., Exercise Science; Megan Mashburn, Sr., General Health Studies; Jordan Moore, Fr., Interdisciplinary; Ashley Priess, Jr., Spanish; Ashley Sledge, Soph., Public Relations; Geralen Stack-Eaton, Jr., Telecommunications & Film; Rachel Terry, Jr., Early Childhood Education; Hannah Toussaint, Fr., Communicative Disorders

2010 Courtney Bell, Fr., Human Environmental Sciences; Alyssa Chapman, Sr., Psychology; Morgan Dennis, Sr., Psychology; Jocelyn Fowler, Soph., Human Development & Family Studies; Marissa Gutierrez, Fr., Human Environmental Sciences; Mary Hauswirth, Fr., Chemical Engineering; Kayla Hoffman, Jr., Human Development & Family Studies; Ricki Lebegern, Sr., Exercise Science; Megan Mashburn, Jr., General Health Studies; Casey Overton, Sr., Psychology; Kassi Price, Sr., Marketing & Advertising; Ashley Priess, Soph., Spanish; Ashley Sledge, Fr., Public Relations; Geralen Stack-Eaton, Soph., Telecommunications & Film; Rachel Terry, Soph., Early Childhood Education

2009 Alyssa Chapman, Jr., Psychology; Morgan Dennis, Jr., Psychology; Jocelyn Fowler, Fr., Exercise Science; Kayla Hoffman, Soph., Human Development & Family Studies; Ricki Lebegern, Jr., Exercise Science; Brittany Magee, Sr., Criminal Justice; Megan Mashburn, Soph., General Health Studies; Amanda Montgomery, Sr., Management; Ashley O’Neal, Sr., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Casey Overton, Jr., Psychology; Kassi Price, Jr., Marketing & Advertising; Ashley Priess, Fr., Exercise Science; Jacqueline Shealy, Jr., Public Relations; Rachel Terry, Fr., Human Environmental Sciences

2008 Alyssa Chapman, Soph., Pre-Physical Therapy; Morgan Dennis, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Kayla Hoffman, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Jennifer Iovino, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Ricki Lebegern, Soph., Exercise Science; Brittany Magee, Jr., Criminal Justice; Cassie Martin, Jr., Interdisciplinary; Megan Mashburn, Fr., General Health Studies; Amanda Montgomery, Jr., Management; Ashley O’Neal, Jr., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Casey Overton, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Kassi Price, Soph., Pre-Business; Kaitlin White, Sr., Consumer Sciences

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2002

1998

1991

Morgan Dennis, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Terin Humphrey, Jr., Criminal Justice; Ricki Lebegern, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Brittany Magee, Soph., Criminal Justice; Cassie Martin, Soph., Interdisciplinary; Amanda Montgomery, Soph., Pre-Business; Casey Overton, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Kassi Price, Fr., Pre-Business; Erin Rightley, Sr., Psychology

Natalie Barrington, Sr., Sports Fitness Management; Helen Burgin, Soph., Elementary Education; Tiffany Byrd, Soph., Pre-Medicine; Erin Holdefer, Soph., Public Relations; Lauren Holdefer, Soph., Psychology; Shannon Hrozek, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Stephanie Kite, Soph., Marketing; Alexa Martinez, Sr., Advertising; Whitney Morgan, Sr., Secondary Education; Andreé Pickens, Sr., Biology; Jeana Rice, Soph., Advertising; Sara Scarborough, Jr., Nursing; Kristin Sterner, Jr., Biology; Raegan Tomasek, Jr., Restaurant & Hospitality Management;

Merritt Booth, Sr., Psychology; Mandy Chapman, Jr., Food & Nutrition; Lexa Evans, Soph., Journalism; Becca Fields, Soph., Pre-Major studies; Gina Logan, Soph., Health Care Management; Danielle McAdams, Sr., Sports Fitness Management; Shay Murphy, Sr., Biology

Dana Dobransky, Soph., Communication; Katherine Kelleher, Jr., Corporate Finance; Shea McFall, Jr., Corporate Finance; Tina Rinker, Sr., Chemical Engineering

2006 Melanie Banville, Fr., Human Environmental Science; Mari Bayer, Sr., Nutrition; Ashley Ford, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Rachael Delahoussaye, Sr., PreMedicine; Dana Filetti, Sr., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Terin Humphrey, Soph., Pre-Psychology; Ashley Miles, Sr., Advertising; Cassie Martin, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Amanda Montgomery, Fr., Human Environmental Science; Ashley O’Neal, Fr., Pre-Business; Dana Pierce, Sr., Physical Education; Courtney Priess, Fr., Communication; Bianca Puello, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Erin Rightley, Jr., Psychology

2005 Mari Bayer, Jr., Nutrition; Rachael Delahoussaye, Jr., Pre-Medicine; Shannon Hrozek, Sr., Consumer Science; Meredith Laxton, Soph., Restaurant & Hospitality Management; Dana Pierce, Jr., Physical Education; Michelle Reeser, Sr., Accounting; Erin Rightley, Soph., Psychology

2004 Mari Bayer, Soph., Nutrition; Rachael Delahoussaye, Soph., Pre-Medicine; Johnna Gay, Fr., Elementary Education; Lauren Holdefer, Sr., Psychology; Shannon Hrozek, Jr., Consumer Science; Stephanie Kite, Sr., International Marketing; Meredith Laxton, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Ashley Miles, Soph., Advertising; Michelle Reeser, Jr., Accounting; Erin Rightley, Fr., Pre-Physical Therapy; Larissa Stewart, Soph., Pre-Medicine

2003 Mari Bayer, Fr., Pre-Major Studies; Rachael Delahoussaye, Fr., Pre-Medicine; Lauren Holdefer, Jr., Psychology; Shannon Hrozek, Soph., Consumer Science; Stephanie Kite, Jr., International Marketing; Dana Pierce, Fr., Physical Education; Michelle Reeser, Soph., Accounting; Kristin Sterner, Sr., Biology

2001 Natalie Barrington, Jr., Sports Fitness Management; Krista Gole, Jr., Health Care Management; Robin Hawkins, Sr., Telecommunication/Film; Katie Hornecker, Sr., Mechanical Engineering; Alexa Martinez, Jr., Advertising; Whitney Morgan, Jr., American Studies; Andreé Pickens, Jr., Biology; Sara Scarborough, Soph., Human Nutrition; Lissy Smith, Sr., Psychology; Kristin Sterner, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Dara Stewart, Sr., Human Development; Raegan Tomasek, Jr., Human Nutrition

2000 Natalie Barrington, Soph., Elementary Education; Krista Gole, Soph., PreBusiness; Lexa Evans, Sr., Journalism; Robin Hawkins, Jr., Telecommunication/ Film; Katie Hornecker, Jr., Mechanical Engineering; Gina Logan, Sr., Health Care Management; Alexa Martinez, Soph., Advertising; Whitney Morgan, Soph., Biology; Andreé Pickens, Soph., Biology; Lissy Smith, Jr., Psychology; Dara Stewart, Jr., Human Development; Raegan Tomasek, Soph., Nutrition

1999

Mandy Chapman, Sr., Food & Nutrition; Lexa Evans, Jr., Journalism; Robin Hawkins, Soph., Telecommunication/ Film; Katie Hornecker, Soph., Chemical Engineering; Gina Logan, Jr., Health Care Management; April Makinson, Soph., Human Development; Lissy Smith, Soph., Elementary Education; Gwen Spidle, Sr., Social Work; Dara Stewart, Soph., PreMajor Studies

1997 Merritt Booth, Jr., Psychology; Mandy Chapman, Soph., Biology; Lisa Gianni, Soph., Interior Design; Gina Logan, Soph., Health Care Management; Danielle McAdams, Jr., Sports Fitness Management; Shay Murphy, Jr., Biology; Heather Nasser, Jr., Education; Meredith Willard, Sr., Marketing

1996 Merritt Booth, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Kim Kelly, Sr., Elementary Education; Danielle McAdams, Soph., Pre-Business; Shay Murphy, Soph., Biology; Heather Nasser, Soph., Early Child. Education; Marna Neubauer, Sr., Early Child. Education; Meredith Willard, Jr., Marketing

1995 Chasity Junkin, Sr., Accounting; Kim Kelly, Jr., Elementary Education; Marna Neubauer, Jr., Elementary Education; Meredith Willard, Soph., Pre-Business

1994 Sheryl Dundas, Sr., Accounting; Chasity Junkin, Jr., Accounting; Kara Stilp, Sr., Marketing; Gretchen Stockley, Jr., Sports Psychology; Marti Watson, Sr., Management

1993 Dana Dobransky, Sr., Telecommunication/ Film; Sheryl Dundas, Jr., Interdisciplinary; Chasity Junkin, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Gretchen Stockley, Soph., Pre-Medicine

1992 Gina Basile, Sr., Advertising; Dana Dobransky, Jr., Telecommunication/ Film; Sheryl Dundas, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Katherine Kelleher, Sr., Corporate Finance; Shea McFall, Sr., Corporate Finance; Kara Stilp, Soph., Pre-Major Studies; Marti Watson, Soph., Human Environmental Science

1990 Gina Basile, Soph., Communication; Ali Blumberg, Sr., Recreation & Park Leadership; Katherine Kelleher, Soph., Commerce & Business; Shea McFall, Soph., Arts & Sciences; Tina Rinker, Jr., Chemical Engineering; Marie Robbins, Sr., Interdisciplinary; Tracey Tillman, Sr., Public Relations; Cheri Way, Sr., Advertising

1989 Wendy Anderson, Soph., Sports Fitness Management; Kelly Good, Sr., Interdisciplinary; Tina Rinker, Soph., Engineering; Marie Robbins, Jr., Interdisciplinary; Tracey Tillman, Jr., Advertising; Cheri Way, Jr., Advertising

1988 Alli Beldon, Sr., Marketing; Kathy Bilodeau, Sr., Public Relations; Kelly Good, Jr., Biology; Marie Robbins, Soph., Arts & Sciences; Tracey Tillman, Soph., Communications

1987 Alli Beldon, Jr., Interdisciplinary; Kathy Bilodeau, Jr., Public Relations; Julie Estin, Sr., Mathematical Stats

1986 Alli Beldon, Soph., Fashion Marketing; Julie Estin, Jr., Pre-Medicine; Stephanie Kehr, Soph., Marketing

1985 Julie Estin, Soph., Pre-Medicine; Barbara Mack, Sr., Political Science

1984 Barbara Mack, Jr., Political Science; Patti Rice, Soph., Marketing

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ALABAMA RECORDS Team Records Team Total 198.075 198.025 198.000 197.975 197.950 197.925 197.900 197.850 197.825 197.800 197.725 197.725

NCAA Regional 4/13/96 NCAA Super Six 4/26/96 NCAA Regional 4/3/01 Auburn 3/1/03 SEC Championships 3/20/04 Florida 1/30/04 NCAA Regional 4/6/02 NCAA Super Six 4/21/12 LSU 3/6/99 UMass 2/21/99 Michigan 3/12/04 Florida 2/3/12

197.675 197.675 197.675 197.650 197.650 197.625 197.600 197.575 197.575 197.575

Georgia 2/25/11 NCAA Super Six 4/16/11 NCAA Semifinals 4/20/12 UCLA 3/16/02 Arkansas 2/17/12 North Carolina 3/16/12 LSU 1/23/04 NCAA Super Six 4/19/02 SEC Championship 3/29/03 NCAA Super Six 4/17/09

197.550 197.550 197.525 197.500 197.475 197.425 197.425 197.400 197.400 197.375

Georgia 3/1/96 Georgia 2/20/04 Penn State 3/17/01 Georgia 2/16/01 Auburn 1/26/07 SEC Championship 3/23/01 Kentucky 3/8/02 LSU 2/14/03 NCAA Super Six 4/22/05 Auburn 3/16/07

197.350 197.350 197.325 197.325 197.325 197.300 197.300 197.300 197.300 197.275 197.275 197.275

LSU 2/2/01 Auburn 2/27/09 LSU 2/21/97 Arkansas 2/27/04 SEC Championships 3/29/08 NCAA Regional 4/1/00 NCAA Regional 4/12/08 Penn State 3/14/08 SEC Championships 3/21/09 NCAA Super Six 4/25/03 Kentucky 2/18/11 NCAA Regional 4/2/11

197.250 197.250

Georgia 2/15/02 LSU 3/2/07

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Individual Records Vault 49.775 49.750 49.675 49.650 49.625 49.625 49.625 49.625

NCAA Super Six 4/26/96 SEC Championships 3/35/95 Georgia 2/20/04 Kentucky 2/26/10 Auburn 3/1/03 SEC Championships 3/20/04 NCAA Super Six 4/22/05 NCAA Super Six 4/21/12

Uneven Bars 49.625 49.600 49.575 49.550 49.550 49.550

NCAA Regional 4/7/01 Penn State 2/19/99 NCAA Regional 4/6/02 NCAA Regional 4/13/96 Minnesota 1/30/99 Auburn 1/30/00

Balance Beam 49.725* 49.625 49.600 49.550 49.525 49.525 49.500 49.500 49.500 49.500

NCAA Regional 4/6/02 UMass 1/21/99 NCAA Semifinals 4/20/12 Georgia 1/18/03 Georgia 2/25/11 North Carolina 3/16/12 NCAA Regional 4/8/95 Quad Meet 3/8/97 NCAA Regional 4/2/11 NCAA Super Six 4/21/12

Floor Exercise 49.700 49.675 49.650 49.625 49.625 49.600 49.600 49.600 49.600 49.600 49.600 49.600 49.600

Georgia 2/16/01 SEC Championships 3/20/04 Auburn 3/21/08 NCAA Super Six 4/26/96 Auburn 3/1/03 Nebraska 2/2/02 Kentucky 3/8/03 Georgia 3/15/03 SEC Championships 3/29/03 Super Six Challenge 1/9/04 Florida 1/30/04 NCAA Super Six 4/22/05 Arkansas 2/17/12

All-Around 39.850 39.850 39.800

AndreĂŠ Pickens Jeana Rice Dee Foster

39.775 39.750 39.750 39.750

Meredith Willard Dee Foster Kim Kelly Jeana Rice

UCLA 3/16/02 SECs 3/20/04 NCAA Regional 4/3/93, NCAA Super Six 4/16/93 Quad Meet 3/8/97 Kentucky 1/30/93, Georgia 2/26/93 LSU 3/18/94, NCAA Regional 4/13/96 Michigan 1/31/03, Georgia 3/15/03

10.000

Dee Foster

10.000

Kim Kelly

 

10.000 10.000 10.000 9.975

10.000 10.000

Dee Foster AndreĂŠ Pickens

10.000 9.975 9.975

Natalie Barrington Stephanie Woods AndreĂŠ Pickens

9.975 9.975

Vault

10.000 10.000

Uneven Bars

Danielle McAdams AndreĂŠ Pickens !SHLEY-ILES

Jeana Rice Geralen Stack-Eaton Diandra Milliner Kim Kelly

9.975 9.975 9.975 9.975

Chasity Junkin Merritt Booth Kim Bonaventura AndreĂŠ Pickens

9.975

Jeana Rice

9.975

Ashley Miles

9.975 9.975 9.975 9.975 9.975

Alexis Brion Kayla Hoffman Morgan Dennis Ricki Lebegern Geralen Stack-Eaton

Georgia 3/14/92, Auburn 1/16/93, Georgia 1/22/93, Kentucky 1/30/96, NCAA Super Six 4/16/96 Georgia 3/12/94, Georgia 3/4/95, SEC 3/25/95, NCAA Regional 4/8/95, Auburn 3/19/96, NCAA Super Six 4/26/96 NCAA Super Six 4/26/96 UMass 2/21/99, Kentucky 2/26/99, LSU 2/8/02, UCLA 3/16/02 !UBURN .#!!3EMIlNALS  NCAA Event Finals 4/26/03, Florida 1/30/04, Kentucky 2/13/04, LSU 1/21/05, Auburn 2/4/05, NCAA Super Six 4/22/05 Georgia 3/15/03 Georgia 1/13/12 Florida 2/3/12 LSU 3/18/94, SEC Championships 3/26/94, NCAA 4/21/94 SEC Championships 3/25/95 SEC Championships 3/25/95 Kentucky 2/7/97 Nebraska 2/2/02, Georgia 2/15/02, Florida 2/22/02, Auburn 3/1/02 Kentucky 3/8/03, Arkansas 2/27/04, SEC Championships 3/20/04 Georgia 3/15/03, Kentucky 2/11/05, Georgia 2/18/05, Auburn 1/27/06 Georgia 2/20/04, Michigan 3/12/04 UCLA Quad 3/9/08 Arkansas 1/22/10, Kentucky 2/26/10 Florida 2/12/10 NCAA Super Six 4/21/12

Dara Stewart Jeana Rice

Balance Beam 10.000

Dana Dobransky

10.000 10.000 10.000 9.975 9.975 9.975

Stephanie Woods Raegan Tomasek Jeana Rice Danielle McAdams Lissy Smith Jeana Rice

Floor Exercise 10.000

Dee Foster

10.000

Kim Kelly

10.000 10.000 10.000

Meredith Willard Shay Murphy Ashley Miles

9.975 9.975

Dee Foster Kim Kelly

9.975 9.975 9.975

AndreĂŠ Pickens Jeana Rice Kristin Sterner

9.975 9.975

Michelle Reeser Morgan Dennis

LSU 2/12/93 Minnesota 1/30/99, UMass 2/21/99, Georgia 3/4/00, Kentucky 2/24/01, Auburn 2/10/02 Georgia 2/16/01 NCAA Event Finals 4/27/96 Auburn 1/22/99, Penn State 2/19/99, NCAA Regional 4/6/02 NCAA Regional 4/1/00 Michigan 1/31/03, LSU 1/23/04

Georgia 2/26/93, NCAA Event Finals 4/17/93 Kentucky 2/7/97 UMass 2/21/99 Georgia 1/18/03 Florida 1/24/97 UMass 2/21/99 SECs 3/20/04

SE Missouri St./Minnesota 2/6/93, Georgia 2/26/93 NCAA Regional 4/13/96, NCAA Super Six 4/26/96, NCAA Event Finals 4/27/96 LSU 2/21/97, Quad Meet 3/8/97 Utah State 3/14/98 NCAA Central Regional 4/12/03, SEC Championships 3/20/04, NCAA Super Six 4/22/05 NCAA Regional 4/3/93 LSU 3/18/94, NCAA Event Finals 4/23/94, .#!!3EMIlNALS Minnesota 1/30/99, UCLA 3/16/02 Georgia 2/16/01, NCAA Regional 4/7/01 Georgia 2/16/01, Nebraska 2/2/02, Auburn 3/1/03 Auburn 2/10/02 Auburn 1/26/07, Auburn 3/21/08, Florida 2/12/10

* NCAA Record

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BUILT BY BAMA

COLEMAN COLISEUM RECORDS Individual Records All-Around 39.850

Vault 10.00

Team Records

Andreé Pickens (Alabama)

3/16/02

Dee Foster (Alabama) Hope Spivey-Sheeley (Georgia) Jenny Hansen (Kentucky) Kim Kelly (Alabama)

1/30/93 2/26/93 3/20/93, 4/25/96 3/4/95, 3/16/96, 4/26/96 3/4/95 4/25/96, 4/26/96, 4/27/96 4/26/96 2/26/99, 3/16/02 3/1/03, 4/12/03, 1/30/04, 1/21/05, 2/4/05 3/15/03 1/13/12 2/3/12

Kim Arnold (Georgia) Leah Brown (Georgia) Danielle McAdams (Alabama) Andreé Pickens (Alabama) Ashley Miles (Alabama) Jeana Rice (Alabama) Geralen Stack-Eaton (Alabama) Diandra Milliner (Alabama)

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Uneven Bars 10.00

Dee Foster (Alabama) Andreé Pickens (Alabama) Natalie Barrington (Alabama)

Balance Beam 10.00

Dana Dobransky (Alabama) Stephanie Woods (Alabama)

Floor Exercise 10.00

Dee Foster (Alabama) Hope Spivey-Sheeley (Georgia) Kim Kelly (Alabama) Heidi Hornbeek (Arizona) Meredith Willard (Alabama) Shay Murphy (Alabama) Ashley Miles (Alabama)

2/12/93 1/30/99, 3/4/00, 2/24/01 2/16/01

2/26/93 2/7/97

Team Total 198.025 198.000 197.925 197.825 197.725 197.650 197.650

Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama

4/26/96 4/7/01 1/30/04 3/6/99 2/3/12 3/16/02 2/17/12

Vault 49.775

Alabama

Uneven Bars 49.625

Alabama

Balance Beam 49.525

Alabama

Floor Exercise 2/6/93 2/26/93, 3/20/93 4/26/96, 4/27/96 4/27/96 2/21/97, 3/8/97 3/14/98 4/12/03

49.700

Alabama

4/26/96

4/7/01

3/16/12

2/16/01

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ADDING UP CRIMSON TIDE SUCCESS Alabama has finished No. 1 in the nation six times. The first time came in 1988 and the most recent in 2012. The Tide is one of only four programs in NCAA history to win an NCAA title.

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Alabama has finished in the top-2 nationally 13 times since first breaking into the top-10 in 1983.

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Three Crimson Tide gymnasts have been named the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award that spans all sports and all schools. Four Crimson Tide gymnasts have earned the prestigious NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award, which honors the nation’s top eight senior studentathletes regardless of gender or NCAA Division.

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Five Crimson Tide gymnasts have been named Southeastern Conference Female Athlete of the Year, an award that spans all sports and all schools.

5

Alabama has sold out Coleman Coliseum to the tune of 15,000-plus fans nine times since 1997, including the 2012 meet against Arkansas.

Six times an Alabama gymnast has been named the SEC Gymnast of the Year, including Kayla Hoffman in 2011.

Alabama gymnasts have earned 10 SEC Postgraduate Scholarships, a total that leads all gymnastics programs.

6 7

Alabama has won the Honda Award for Gymnastics, which recognizes the national gymnast of the year, seven times, including Kayla Hoffman in 2011. Since Dee Foster recorded the Crimson Tide’s first 10.0 in 1992, eight different Alabama gymnasts have scored a perfect mark on the vault, including Geralen Stack-Eaton and Diandra Milliner in 2012.

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10

Alabama gymnasts have earned 12 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships over the years, a total that leads the nation by a healthy margin.

12

Dee Foster’s 17 first team All-America honors stands as the NCAA career record.

17

Individual national titles are hard to come by, but the Crimson Tide has won 23 individual NCAA championships, including 11 individual titles over the past decade.

23

The Crimson Tide has won an NCAAbest 27 regional titles, including the 2012 Seattle Regional Championship.

27

Alabama has gone to 30 consecutive NCAA Championships, the second-longest streak in the championship history.

30

For 35 years, Alabama has been led by Sarah and David Patterson, a span that has included unprecedented success in the gym, the classroom and in the lives of their gymnasts.

35

Alabama gymnasts have earned Scholastic All-America honors 175 times since the award’s inception in 1991.

175

Since the award was first given in 1984, Alabama gymnasts have earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors 246 times, more than two-dozen better than the next school. That total includes an SEC-record 17 in 2012.

246

Every year Alabama features some of the nation’s top gymnasts, which is why, every year, Alabama adds to its All-America count. Since 1982, the Crimson Tide has seen 62 gymnasts rack up 277 honors.

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DATE JAN. 11 JAN. 18 JAN. 25 FEB. 2 FEB. 8 FEB. 15 FEB. 22 MARCH 1 MARCH 8 MARCH 15 MARCH 23 APRIL 6 APRIL 19-21

2013 GYMNASTICS SCHEDULE

^LITTLE ROCK, ARK.

OPPONENT / EVENT AT MISSOURI VS. LSU VS. KENTUCKY (POWER OF PINK) AT GEORGIA AT FLORIDA VS. AUBURN AT ARKANSAS VS. UCLA AT LSU VS. OKLAHOMA SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS^ NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS* NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS#

* TUSCALOOSA, ALA.

#LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

TIME 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM TBA TBA TBA


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