Tide Gymnast Price Gets High Honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Several members of the Alabama Gymnastics team were honored during the NCAA Championships Award Brunch held Saturday morning.

Alabama senior Kassi Price earned the Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA this year, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.

"There were a 183 athletes competing here this weekend and this award means Kassi Price is the top student-athlete at these championships," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "I think it's most appropriate that in its inaugural year, Kassi has earned this award.

"It's a culminating honor for her career."

A three-year All-America, Price carries a perfect 4.0 grade points average for her career and is a double major in Marketing and Advertising. A Southeastern Conference Postgraduate Scholarship winner, Price also earned the Austin Cup, which is awarded each year to the top senior in UA's Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business Administration.

"I think Kassi winning this award can be a benchmark for other athletes in our program," Patterson said. "For her to receive all these different academic honors in addition to earning first team All-American honors on the uneven bars again as a senior and helping lead our team as she did this year, I think she is the consummate example of a true student-athlete."

Price was also one of six Crimson Tide gymnasts recognized as 2010 All-Americans during the brunch, earning first team honors on the uneven bars. Sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton earned four All-America honors, taking first team in the all-around, vault and balance beam and second team on the uneven bars. Senior Morgan Dennis earned two first team honors, on the vault and floor exercise, boosting her career total to eight.

Sophomore Ashley Priess now has five career All-American honors after earning first team balance beam honors this season while junior Kayla Hoffman earned the second All-American honor of her career with first team honors on the uneven bars. Senior Ricki Lebegern improved her career All-American tally to four after earning second team honors on the balance beam.

A total of 56 Alabama gymnasts have now garnered 248 All-American honors since Julie Garrett became the first Tide All-America in 1982.

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