GymTiders start season soon

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA -- While most of the University of Alabama campus is still largely abandoned, with most students still enjoying the break between semesters, the holiday is long over for the Crimson Tide gymnastics team.

The defending Southeastern Conference Champions left campus for the holidays on December 18th returning eight days later.

"The ladies came back to town on December 26th and were back in the gym training on the 27th," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "Things are going well, which is good because we only have six practices left before the first meet."

Alexis Brion (front), (back L-to-R) Shannon Hrozek, Ashley Miles and Mari Bayer (Barry Fikes photo)

And the first meet will bring serious opposition to town. Alabama starts things off at home January 9 with the Super Six Challenge which will feature perennial powers Georgia, Florida and Oregon State along with up and coming squads Denver and Oklahoma.

The meet starts at 7 p.m. It will also be the first of the Tide's five home meets, dubbed "Fun Family Fridays".

Alabama is coming off its fifth SEC Championship and 14th top-3 national finish. The Crimson Tide returns six All-Americans from last year's NCAA Runner-up finish.

Tickets for the Super Six Challenge and season tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) and online at

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