Schools are only allowed to nominate up to four men and four women for the prestigious honor, and Alabama was the only NCAA Division I school in the country to have the maximum number of student-athletes earn a place on the district list. Alabama was also the only school to have more than three honorees on either the men's or women's lists across the eight districts. Prior to this year, schools could nominate up to three men and three women.
"This is an extraordinary accomplishment," UA Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "To have eight of our student-athletes earn this award and move on to the national ballot is amazing. This is the first year that we've been able to nominate four men and four women for the highly competitive at-large team, so we're very proud to be the first school to have all four nominees for the both the men and women earn this award."
The Crimson Tide's honorees came from six different teams: men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, men's tennis, women's tennis and men's swimming and diving. The 2013 NCAA and three-time Southeastern Conference Champion men's golf team and the 2014 SEC Champion gymnastics team both placed two athletes on the squad. Senior All-Americans Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett earned the honor from men's golf and senior All-American and NCAA Champion Kim Jacob and sophomore All-American Lauren Beers represent gymnastics on the all-district list.
Senior All-Americans Stephanie Meadow (women's golf), Mary Anne Daines (women's tennis) and Daniil Proskura (men's tennis) as well as senior Brian Carr (men's swimming and diving) also earned all-district honors and, along with Wyatt, Whitsett, Jacob and Beers, will move on to the ballot for Academic All-American recognition.
The at-large teams span the following sports - men's and women's fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo as well as men's volleyball and wrestling and women's bowling, field hockey and rowing.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.