Tide's Lauren Beers Wins Gymnastics Elite 89

FT. WORTH, Texas - Alabama junior Lauren Beers was named the 2015 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for the sport of gymnastics at the NCAA Championship Banquet which was held at The Stockyard in Ft. Worth, Texas Wednesday night. It is Beers’ second consecutive Elite 89 Award and the Tide’s sixth in a row.

"What an amazing honor for Lauren and our program," Alabama Coach Dana Duckworth said. "Our ladies all work extremely hard in the classroom to be the best they can be and this is another testament to that fact."

Alabama is now a perfect six-for-six in the award that made its debut in 2010. The Elite 89 goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the final site of each of the NCAA's 89 championship. The Tide is also the only program across all sports to sweep the award.

"To be the only gymnastics team to win this award in its six year history is an extraordinary accomplishment," Duckworth said. "We are so appreciative of Jon Dever, Fern Hampton and everyone who works at the Bill Battle Academic Center. I can’t say enough about the work they do with our student-athletes and the support provided by The University of Alabama and our administration."

A native of Warren Center, Pa., Beers carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in exercise science. A three-time All-American, Beers won the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise at the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships two weeks ago.

Kassi Price won the inaugural award in 2010 and was followed by Rachel Terry, who earned the honor in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012. NCAA Champion and 2014 senior Kim Jacob earned the award in 2013.

On Friday, Beers and her teammates will compete in the second semifinal session of the NCAA Championships which gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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