Defending NCAA champions sign one

The University of Alabama Gymnastics team signed Brittany Comeaux to a national letter of intent in the early signing period.

While Alabama needed just one gymnast to fill this year's recruiting class, the coaching staff spent the last year scouring the country to make sure they found just the athlete to fill their need.

"When you only have one scholarship to give, I think in many ways it's tougher than when you have to fill a large class like we did last year," head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We had to make sure that we found just the right student-athlete for our team. We did that with Brittany."

The daughter of James and Tana Comeaux, she competes for Elite Gymnastics under the tutelage of three-time Olympian Johnny Moyal. She is Elite Gymnastics' first International Elite gymnast and the first to become a member of the United States Junior Olympic National Team.

"We feel Brittany has the ability to compete in the all-around," assistant head coach David Patterson said. "She is very balanced in terms of the events. She intends to compete as an international elite again this season, which will give her even more top-flight experience prior to joining us at the Capstone next season."

She finished 13th in the all-around at the 2001 U.S. Classic and 16th in the all-around at the 2001 U.S. Championships. At the 2001 Junior Olympic Nationals Comeaux placed 2nd in the All-around.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Comeaux is the third Louisianan to sign with the Tide in as many years. A strong student, she is a senior at Brusly High School, where she is set to graduate in May.

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