This Week, November 6, 2012 Sarah Patterson, UA Gymnastics Coach

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Throughout her career, Sarah Patterson has always said that at the University of Alabama you can truly have it all, and there is no better example of that fact than the tremendous success the Alabama gymnsatics program has enjoyed over the last two seasons.

The Crimson Tide enjoyed a season for the ages in 2011, going 11-1 in the regular season, which pushed Patterson over the 400 mark in career regular-season wins. Alabama followed that up with the postseason `triple crown’, winning its fifth NCAA Championship, seventh Southeastern

Conference crown and an NCAA-best 26th regional title. Individually, Geralen Stack-Eaton won the Tide’s 22nd individual NCAA title while she and six other UA gymnasts earned All-American honors. Kayla Hoffman made the absolute most of her senior year, earning SEC, regional and national gymnast of the year honors as well as being named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year and earning the NCAA Today’s Top VIII award.

A year later, in 2012, Alabama repeated as NCAA Champions, tallied its 27th NCAA Regional Title and again went 11-1-0 in the regular season. Geralen Stack-Eaton won Alabama’s 23rd individual NCAA Championship, taking first on the balance beam. It marked the first time Alabama has won national titles in back-to-back seasons.

Alabama won its first NCAA crown in 1988 and followed with national championships in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011 and last season. The Tide also collected SEC titles in 1988, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2011.

Rotarians please make plans to come early for the meeting. The Program will begin at 11:50 tommorrow with Coach Patterson speaking around 12:00 P.M. 

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