Alabama Gymnasts Earn 12 Scholastic All-American Honors

Gymnastics team once again stands among the nation’s elite


By Adam Bagni

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Gymnastics team once again stands among the nation’s elite when it comes to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches’ academic rankings.

Alabama was one of just two teams that finished in the Super Six at the NCAA Championships and among the top 15 nationally in terms of team grade point average with Utah being the other. Alabama posted its 24th top-6 national finish last April and was 13th overall in terms of team GPA. The Crimson Tide was the top ranked Southeastern Conference school with its 3.48 GPA.

“It is always our goal, our mission, to be among the nation’s very best in the gym and the classroom and there’s no doubt that we accomplished that last season,” Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson said. “I’m very pleased with the dedication and hard work that our ladies showed which resulted in another outstanding showing academically.”

Individually 12 members of last year’s team earned Scholastic All-American honors, which requires a 3.5 or better GPA, the most since 2002 when 13 Tide gymnasts came away with the accolade. Sophomore Kassi Price, a two-time All-American, earned the honor for the second time. Price has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA every semester of her Tide career.

All-American Brittany Magee, Amanda Montgomery and Cassie Martin all earned the honor for the third year in a row while All-American and SEC Champion Casey Overton, three-time SEC Champion Ricki Lebegern and Alyssa Chapman earned the honor for the second time. Ashley O’Neal earned her first Scholastic All-American accolade.

Kaitlin White finished out her Alabama career as a two-time Scholastic All-American while the Tide’s three rookies, All-American Kayla Hoffman, Jennifer Iovino and Megan Mashburn, all started their careers off by earning the honor.

“I’m very proud of the way Kaitlin finished off her career, both in the gym and the classroom,” Patterson said. “It is very gratifying to see someone continue to work hard throughout their career and end on such a high note. I’m equally proud of our freshmen and the great start to their academic careers.”

Hoffman’s success was particularly impressive. She came to Alabama after being homeschooled. Her first class at Alabama marked the first time she’d been in a classroom environment since the third grade. She excelled from the start, earning a 4.0 GPA in her very first semester.

“Kayla is certainly a role model for someone who comes to college after being homeschooled,” Patterson said. “She came in and used all the resources the University and athletics department put at her disposal and really excelled, earning a 4.0 GPA in the fall and several academic honors along the way.”

Courtesy: Alabama Media Relations

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