Every Sunday, you can see on television as the key players of every NFL team get introduced into the game.
The PA announcer reels off all of that player’s stats and biggest accomplishments, then introduces the player in a rowdy voice that sends the crowd into a frenzy. This even happens for teams that go into certain games knowing they will lose.
Alabama gymnastics does things a little differently. Instead of making a big deal about their individual players, they win two team championship in-a-row. Instead of introducing their gymnasts behind a wall of statistics, they sport their collegiate GPA with pride.
You can see why, as the Tide recently turned in its team GPA of 3.55 on its way to the sixth national championship in program history in 2012, all under the direction of head coach Sarah Patterson. Alabama had a 3.71 GPA on its way to the 2011 national championship.
Patterson had this to say: “I am thrilled that over the last two years, not only have we won back-to-back NCAA titles, but we have also been champions in the classroom, with team grade point averages of 3.71 and 3.55. Performances like that, in both the arena and the classroom, prove once again that at Alabama, you can truly have it all.”
The 3.55 team GPA ranked first in the SEC and 8th in the country. Alabama also had 13 Scholastic All-Americans, just one gymnast shy of the record the Tide set in 2011.
Five gymnasts have career GPAs of a perfect 4.0: Rachel Terry, Ashley Priess, Kim Jacob, Lindsey Fowler and Ria Domier. No member of the team has a cumulative GPA lower than a 3.1.
Now moving away from the previous series of columns, the timing could not have been better as the weekend that just passed was one of the best in recent memory. Read my take on it (with a little bit of humor and a lot more opinion) here.
Leave it to Alabama football strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran to get a team pumped up for a road game. Cochran, an LSU grad, helped the gymnastics team prepare for the environment it was entering, and did so successfully as the Crimson Tide came out with a 197.025-196.575.
Alabama pulled away from the Tigers early in the meet, but then suffered a setback when Diandra Milliner fell off the balance beam for the first time in her career at the Capstone. Senior Ashley Priess was the last gymnast to compete, and she scored a 9.925 on the balance beam to clinch the meet.
Priess also tied with senior Geralen Stack-Eaton for the meet-high score on the uneven bars with a 9.875. Stack-Eaton also posted a 9.9 on the floor exercise, tied with Milliner for the meet-high. Milliner and junior Marissa Gutierrez led the team in the vault, both gymnasts scoring 9.9s.
Next Friday, Alabama will take to the road again to face the Oklahoma Sooners.
Alabama continued marching on and leaving a trail of carnage in its wake tonight, recently adding Arkansas to the list of victims by a final score of 197.650-196.125. This win, in the annual Power of Pink meet benefitting breast cancer, improve the Tide’s record to 17-0 while wearing pink.
Geralen Stack-Eaton was the all-around best gymnast tonight, posting a 39.5, including a 9.95 in both vault and floor exercise.
For more, check out Crimson White gymnastics beat reporter Marc Torrence’s work from the meet tonight: http://cw.ua.edu/2012/02/20/tide-crushes-arkansas-to-stay-perfect-on-season-2/
aAlabama improved to 4-0 in SEC play tonight, as the Crimson Tide made the trip to Lexington and beat the Wildcats 196.000-194.700.
This win was a complete team effort for the Tide. For the first time this season, a different gymnast led the Tide in every event.
No surprises that Geralen Stack-Eaton led the team in its first event of the evening, scoring a 9.85 on the uneven bars. Junior Marissa Gutierrez came up big in the Tide’s next event, posting a 9.9 in the vault.
In Alabama’s third event, it was Ashley Sledge’s turn to bask in the spotlight, after leading the team in the floor exercise with a 9.875. Sophomore Kim Jacobs iced the meet for the Tide with a team-high 9.85 in the balance beam.
Alabama returns home to Coleman Coliseum to meet the Arkansas Razorbacks on Fe. 17th. The next meet should be quite the spectacle, as it will be the Power of Pink meet, benefitting breast cancer awareness.
After putting together a borderline epic performance against Florida last week, Sarah Patterson and her squad will continue competing within the conference when the Tide makes the trip to Lexington to meet the Kentucky Wildcats.
This is the third of five straight SEC meets for the Tide, with three of them being away from Coleman Coliseum.
Crimson White gymnastics beat writer Marc Torrence has more on the upcoming meet against the Wildcats.
In a blockbuster of a meet, the Alabama Crimson Tide hosted the Florida Gators and earned the victory 197.725-196.900. It was a dominant showing, as Alabama beat Florida in every event.
Alabama scored another perfect 10 on the vault this year, this time coming from sophomore Diandra Miller. Geralen Stack-Eaton made her return to the lineup after being held out from the meet against Auburn thanks to an awkward landing in warmups. Stack-Eaton had a 9.925 on vault and 9.825 on uneven bars.
If you simply can’t get enough gymnastics coverage, the Crimson White had Marc Torrence, Sports Reporter, covering the meet. Here’s his work from the meet.