Alabama Gymnastics Success Continues

DULUTH, Ga. – Less than 24 hours after winning its sixth NCAA Team Championship and sixth overall, the Alabama gymnastics team extended its three-day dominance on the beam when senior Geralen Stack-Eaton won the individual NCAA Balance Beam Championship with a 9.9375.

"Last year was great to have won, and to win again just means a lot for our team and for everybody else—the alumni and all the people that have been supporting us," Stack-Eaton said. "Today was just about having fun, and whatever happened would be icing on the cake."

It was Stack-Eaton's second individual NCAA title after winning the floor exercise last year. It was also Alabama's fifth individual balance beam title and first since Andreé Pickens won the title in 1999. It is the Crimson Tide's 23rd individual national championship. Stack-Eaton was also second on the floor exercise this year after scoring a 9.9375.

"It's kind of ironic that I won beam because I've struggled a lot on beam this season," Stack-Eaton said. "Today was about going up there and putting it out on the floor and I think I did a good job of that."

In individual finals there are six judges on each event and the score is determined by taking out the high and low scores and averaging the remaining four, except on the vault where a gymnast must do two vaults and the average of those two determines the final score.

On the vault, sophomore Diandra Milliner was second with a 9.8250 while junior Marissa Gutierrez scored a 9.8063 to take fourth place.

"I'm so proud of all our ladies and everything we were able to accomplish this year," Crimson Tide Coach Sarah Patterson said. "Today was just about having fun and we certainly did that. We are looking forward to getting back to Tuscaloosa and sharing this championship with our amazing fans."

All the individual event finalists earned first team All-American honors in the events they competed on.

Stack-Eaton earned first team All-America honors in the all-around while Priess was second team. Sophomore Kim Jacob, Milliner and Gutierrez were named second team All-Americas on the floor exercise while Jacob, sophomore Sarah DeMeo and freshman Kayla Williams earned second-team honors on the balance beam. Junior Ashley Sledge, Stack-Eaton and Priess earned second team honors on the uneven bars.

Overall, eight UA gymnasts earned 16 All-American honors, led by four from Stack-Eaton which brings her career total to 12. Priess earned three honors, bring her career total to eight.

A two-time All-America as a freshman, Jacob bumped her career total to four. Gutierrez and Milliner also earned two honors each this year, pushing their respective overall totals to three. Sledge and DeMeo have now both earned two All-America honors for their career while Williams earned her first nod as a rookie.

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