Miles Wins Fourth Title

Alabama senior Ashley Miles won the fourth individual NCAA Gymnastics Championship of her career here Saturday night, dominating the field with two massive vaults. It marks her third NCAA vault title, adding to the titles she won in 2003 and ‘04. She also won the floor exercise title in 2004.

She is only the second gymnast in NCAA history, and first in over 20 years, to win three national vault titles in a career, joining Utah's Elaine Alfano, who won the titles in 1982, ‘83 and '85. Miles is sixth gymnast in NCAA history to win the same event three times in a career.

In event finals competition, gymnasts are required to do two different vaults and the scores from those are averaged together for the final score. Miles scored a 9.975 on her first vault and came back with a 9.9 on her second for a 9.9375 average. She beat out a pair of UCLA gymnasts for the title, beating Kristina Comforte (9.93125) and Kate Richardson (9.83125).

Miles is tied for third in total number of career titles with four, joining, among others, Alabama's Penney Hauschild. She also pushes Alabama's all-time individual NCAA Championship total to 19. Winning one in every year since Andree Pickens' 2002 uneven bars title, Alabama has won at least one individual NCAA title in each of the last five years, the longest active streak in the nation.

Not done with her night, Miles came back on the floor exercise and brought the crowd to its feet with an explosive routine that scored a 9.9125 and took third place. For her career, Miles finished first, second and third twice nationally on the floor exercise. UCLA's Richardson won the floor exercise with a 9.950.

Also competing in event finals, sophomore Terin Humphrey took fourth in the balance beam scoring a 9.825. LSU's April Burkholder and Georgia's Courtney Kupets shared the beam title with a 9.913. Kupets and Utah's Kristina Baskett tied for top honors on the uneven bars with 9.85s.

All the gymnasts competing in event finals earned first team All-American honors on those events. Miles earned first team honors in the all-around and on the vault and floor exercise. Her career All-American total now stands at 12, all of which are first team honors.

Humphrey earned first team honors on the balance beam and second team All-American honors in the all-around and on the uneven bars and floor exercise. She now has eight career All-American honors, including four that are first team.

Freshman Melanie Banville earned second team honors on the balance beam while Magee was second team on the floor exercise.

Alabama took third in last night's NCAA Super Six Team Finals, giving the Tide an NCAA best 21 ‘final four' national finishes.

All-Americans (4 gymnasts with 9 honors)
Ashley Miles (3) 1st Team – All-Around, Vault, Floor Exercise
Terin Humphrey (1) 1st team – Balance Beam; 2nd team (3) All-Around, Uneven Bars, Floor Exercise
Brittany Magee (1) 2nd team – floor exercise
Melanie Banville (1) 2nd team – balance beam

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