It’s business as usual in Tuscaloosa. As some of you went to your hometowns for one last trip before dead week and finals week, Alabama was winning championships. Just another day at the office, honey.
I had a talk with chief copy editor John Davis on Monday about how, at Alabama, football is so entrenched in everyone’s mind that there is little room for other sports to develop their own identity.
[caption id="attachment_28238" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Geralen Stack-Eaton celebrates after receiving a perfect 10.000 on her vault routine against Georgia.
[caption id="attachment_16748" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Alabama celebrates after winning the NCAA championship finals during the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND | A day after the Alabama gymnastics team won its fifth national championship, junior Geralen Stack-Eaton took home the individual floor exercise national championship at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland Sunday afternoon. Stack-Eaton posted an amazing score of 9.9375 to take the floor title, the highest score on any event during individuals, and became the first Crimson Tide gymnast to bring home an individual championship since Morgan Dennis won the floor exercise as a freshman in 2007. Stack-Eaton’s name will now be painted on the Tide’s practice gym with all the other individual national champions in school history. “I always look up there,” Stack-Eaton said.
CLEVELAND | The hard part is out of the way. At least, that’s how Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson and gymnast Kayla Hoffman put it after advancing to Saturday’s Super Six and finishing with the best score in the national semifinals on Friday night at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. “Tonight is the hardest night,” Patterson said.
GYMNASTICS Team scores: Alabama – 197.275 Illinois – 195.925 Penn State – 195.85 Auburn – 195.6 Kentucky – 195.175 Central Michigan – 195.075 By the numbers: 4 | Kayla Hoffman owned four of the six scores of 9.9 or higher by all-around competitors of the six teams at regionals Saturday. 29 | Alabama has advanced to 29 straight NCAA Championships. 26 | The Crimson Tide has won 26 Regional Championships, the most all time. 6 | Alabama has scored higher than 197 in six of its last seven meets after scoring less than 197 in each of its first five meets. 42 | When Alabama begins play in Cleveland at the NCAA Championships on April 15, it will be the Tide’s first competition outside the state of Alabama in 42 days. 4 | The Tide scored the four highest team scores of the meet.