Alabama Gymnastics Prepares for 2014
The Battle for Birmingham begins on January 10th, 2014 as the Alabama Gymnastics team leaps into action with not only the first match of the season but also their first SEC match against Missouri. With the SEC Championships slated for March 22 and the NCAA Gymnastics Championships starting April 18th through April 20th Birmingham, AL is “the” destination city for the Lady Gymnasts in 2014. “Birmingham is a wonderful site for these championships,” Patterson said. “I think it’s a great location for our fans and fans of gymnastics in general. We’re very excited to once again have championship gymnastics in our backyard.”
Alabama, which finished third in the nation last season, returns six All Americans to the 2014 team. Those six are included in the nine gymnasts for from the 2012 NCAA Championship team and five of those are from the 2011 NCAA Championship team as well. The Crimson Tide Gymnastics includes five seniors, four juniors and two sophomores along with four freshmen aare All-Americans.
The schedule for the 2014 Tide is a challenging one where they face four of the top five teams from last year’s NCAA Super Six Team Finals, including No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 5 LSU and No. 6 Georgia. There are six home meets and a total of eight being in the state of Alabama, but, the road schedule appears to be fairly brutal. The first road trip consists of a trip to Knoxville, TN for a tri-meet with Kentucky and Nebraska then other road meets at LSU and Auburn, before closing out the regular-season road schedule in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma, West Virginia and Michigan. “Exciting and very challenging” is how Coach Patterson describes the Alabama Schedule. “We will face a majority of the best teams in the nation at home and on the road. It’s definitely a schedule that our fans will love and one that will without a doubt prepare us for the championship season.”
The Power of Pink originally started in 2004 by Crimson Tide gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson in order to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer has become an integral part of Alabama Gymnastics. Each year Coach Patterson and company selects one meet to be the “Power of Pink Meet” and this year the Tide celebrates their 10th year in the fight against breast cancer on January 24th against Arkansas. Everyone is asked to mark the date and to “Think Pink, Wear Pink.”
The Alabama Gymnastics team is in full swing preparing for their upcoming season and they are opening their Saturday Oct. 19th practice to the public. Fans are welcome to come and watch practice from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Frances Smith Practice Facility located in Coleman Coliseum. Fans will be able to access the Coliseum on the west side through entrance nearest the track stadium.
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