Gymnastics

Alabama-Georgia gymnastics rivalry starts new era

It was, for decades, the biggest rivalry in college gymnastics. The University of Alabama gymnastics versus the University of Georgia pitted two rival coaches, Alabama’s former head coach Sarah Patterson and UGA’s Suzanne Yoculan and two top-tier teams against each other year in and year out. Since 2000, the teams have combined for eight national championship titles.


Power of Pink

For 36 years, coach Sarah Patterson was the face of the Alabama gymnastics team. Her 1,006 wins, 43 postseason championships and six national championships with the Crimson Tide, as well as her philanthropic endeavors, made her a celebrity. Patterson retired in July 2014 and will be honored Friday night, along with her husband David, for their contributions to the Alabama gymnastics program as the team hosts No. 12 Boise State for its annual Power of Pink meet, an event Patterson herself began in her time with the team.


No. 6 Alabama gymnastics hosts No. 11 Auburn

It’s been 110 meets since Auburn has beaten the University of Alabama gymnastics team. It’s been 35 years since the Tigers have defeated the Crimson Tide in a meet, but don’t expect the Alabama gymnasts to take notice. Alabama will host Auburn in Coleman Coliseum this Friday at 7 p.m.


'Bama bubble' key as gymnastics faces UK

Energy has been a constant theme of the University of Alabama gymnastics team three meets into its 2015 season. The energy the team lacked in its first road meet to Arkansas, resulting in a loss, returned to a new high last Friday as the team upset top-ranked Florida in Coleman Coliseum.


UA gymnastics tops No. 1 Gators

Only a week after a meltdown on the balance beam cost the Alabama gymnastics team its first road meet of the season, the team responded in a big way. The Crimson Tide defeated the top-ranked Florida Gators 197.4 to 196.8 Friday in front of a crowd of 13,778 in Coleman Coliseum.


Gymnastics hosts defending national co-champion Florida

It’s no secret that rivalries run deep in the Southeastern Conference, and while the traditional great gymnastics rivalry has been between The University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, there has been a shift in the last few years. Filling its place is the competition between the Crimson Tide and the defending national champion, Florida. Combined, the two teams have taken home the last four national championships, with Florida tying Oklahoma for the title last year.


Gymnastics team opens Duckworth era with win

Much was the same for the Alabama gymnastics team's season opener against Arizona Friday night. The team took the floor to the same pyrotechnic introduction, Coleman Coliseum still recorded 12,000-plus in attendance, but the face of long-time head coach Sarah Patterson was absent from the floor.


Soccer team takes part in Power of Pink

It all started with Sarah Patterson. Back in 2004, the then-gymnastics coach had a vision to support and bring awareness to those fighting breast cancer. Ten years later, Patterson’s dream has become a long-time tradition at the University of Alabama. The Power of Pink event is one of the most popular events for many sports at Alabama. But it also means so much more to those that get to put on the pink jersey.


Bonner hosts luncheon for three UA athletic teams

Interim president Judy Bonner hosted the three Alabama athletic teams that won NCAA championships last spring to a celebratory luncheon Tuesday afternoon at the University Club. The Crimson Tide gymnastics, softball and women’s golf student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered on campus to celebrate the historic three months last spring. Alabama gymnastics head coach Sarah Patterson won their sixth national title and second consecutive championship in April.


Can this year live up to 2011?

Welcome back. I hope y’all have had a great summer and are as ready for the upcoming athletic year as I am. For those of you who are unaware, we’re coming off one of the most outstanding years, at least athletically, in Alabama history: Four national championship teams, one runner up, and a bevy of other talented teams that didn’t quite make the cut, but still made their school proud with the way they played. So, with that in mind, I guess the logical thing to do is question, “Can we live up to the standards we ourselves have set last year?” And the answer to that, I’m happy to say, is a resounding yes. Don’t get me wrong.


Crimson Tide women's sports dominate Spring

Just minutes after senior Brooke Pancake sunk her four-foot putt that won the Alabama women’s golf team a national championship, some of the golfers could be overheard talking about how excited they were to get rings presented to them at an upcoming football game.