Tide Gymnasts Won Individual Honors

Between the excitement of Alabama's dramatic championship in the Southeastern Conference Gymnastics meet and the announcement of Bama's top seed in the Seattle Regional, it was almost overlooked that Crimson Tide gymnasts came away with several individual honors associated with the eighth Bama SEC title.

Alabama senior Diandra Milliner won her second consecutive SEC floor exercise title with a score of 9.95 and followed that with the 2014 SEC Vault Championship after scoring a 9.975. Junior Kaitlyn Clark closed out Alabama's school-record uneven bars rotation and clinched the team title with a career-best 9.975, taking top honors on the event in the process.

With its trio of individual titles, Alabama has now won 60 SEC Championships since Julie Garrett won the Tide's first in 1982, including 43 since 2000.

Milliner and Clark along with senior Kim Jacob and freshman Aja Sims earned All-SEC honors. Sims also earned SEC All-Freshman honors along with Katie Bailey and Amanda Jetter. With three rookies earning All-Freshman, Alabama made up nearly half of the seven-member team. The Tide also earned three All-Freshman honors in 2011 when Milliner, Jacob and Sarah DeMeo took home the honors. Alabama is the number one seed at the NCAA Regional in Seattle on April 5. The top two teams from each of the six regional tournaments will make it to the NCAA Championships in Birmingham beginning April 18. Delayed telecast of the 2014 SEC Championships will air Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CDT on ESPNU and Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT on ESPN2.

On Friday before the SEC meet, it was announced that Jacob, by a vote of the league's coaches, earned SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition for a conference-record third year in a row. With Jacob's win, Alabama has taken home the league's top academic honor, which began in 2004, five times, including the last four years in a row. Michelle Reeser was the first UA gymnast to earn the honor in 2005, while Kayla Hoffman started the Tide's current streak in 2011. Earlier in the month Jacob was also honored as a member of the SEC Community Service Team.

BamaMag Top Stories