Seven Tide Gymnasts Earn All-SEC Honors
"It took a total team effort to win our seventh SEC Championship and I think the fact that so many of our ladies were named All-SEC is a real testament to that point," Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "Everyone played their part, everybody contributed."
Senior Kayla Hoffman and junior Geralen Stack-Eaton were both named first team All-SEC. Hoffman, the 2011 SEC Gymnast and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned the first individual SEC title of her career on the vault with a 9.95 while Stack-Eaton brought home gold on both balance beam and floor exercise scoring a pair of 9.925s.
Sophomores Marissa Gutierrez and Ashley Sledge were both named to the second team, earning the first All-SEC honors of their careers.
It was Hoffman's fourth time to earn All-SEC recognition and the second for Stack-Eaton who was named Freshman All-SEC in 2009, the last time Alabama won an SEC team title.
Alabama gymnasts made up half of the Freshman All-SEC team this season with Diandra Milliner, Sarah DeMeo and Kim Jacob all earning the honor. All three women were also named Second Team All-SEC.
"I think it speaks volumes about the contributions our freshmen have made this season that Sarah, Kim and Diandra were not only named Freshman All-SEC, but second team All-SEC," Patterson said. "They have competed like veterans all season and Saturday was no exception."
All-SEC teams were based on finish at the SEC Championship. The individual event champions and the top three place finishers in the all-around were named First Team All-SEC, while the event runner-up and next three finishers in the all-around were named to the second team. The top freshman finisher and top three rookies in the all-around were named Freshman All-SEC.
The Tide returns to competition Saturday, April 2 at 6 p.m. as the No. 1 seed and host of the NCAA Regional Championships. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.
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