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Bama looking to climb back into Super Six

January 11, 2008

Senior Olympian Terin Humphrey leads the Alabama Crimson Tide for the upcoming season.The University of Alabama has their work cut out for them as they try to work their way back into the Super Six.

The Tuscaloosa News reported yesterday that Bama’s schedule is the toughest in the NCAA.

Starting with Friday’s 7:30 p.m. meet at Coleman Coliseum against 23rd-ranked Illinois, Alabama will be facing four teams ranked in the top five and 12 of the nation’s top 25 teams as ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll. An analysis by the collegegymfans.com Web site has the sixth-ranked Tide with the top strength of schedule based on a point system using the coaches’ rankings.

“We will be tested by the bested,” [Alabama coach Sarah] Patterson said with a laugh.

Alabama will face No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 LSU, No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 19 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky in addition to Illinois. In fact, the only non-ranked team the Tide will compete against is Cal State-Fullerton on March 9 in Los Angeles, and that will be at a four-way meet that also includes UCLA and Arkansas.

Ashley Priess will join Alabama next year.The Crimson Tide, who finished an embarrassing ninth at last year’s NCAA Championships, do have many things going for them this year. Senior Terin Humphrey is the reigning NCAA champion on uneven bars, and sophomore Morgan Dennis won floor exercise at last year’s NCAA Championships as well.

Alabama’s standing shouldn’t decrease in years to come either. The Tide likely won the signing lottery this year, having netted Parkette Julie Cotter as well as 2006 World Team member Ashley Priess, for its class of 2009.

Bama’s last NCAA team title came in 2002.

Priess, Stack-Eaton to Alabama

November 20, 2007

Ashley Priess will head to the University of Alabama in 2009.

The University of Alabama seems to have won this year’s recruitment lottery.

In addition to current National team member Geralen Stack-Eaton and Parkettes teammate Julie Cotter, Sarah Patterson and company announced today that Ashley Priess will be a part of the team next fall.

Priess’ sister Courtney competed for Alabama in 2005 and 2006 but is not on the roster this year. Both trained with Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnatti Gymnastics Academy in Ohio.

Alabama must be getting hungry. They walked into the 2006 NCAA Championship pretty much guarenteed second place and blew it. Then in 2007 they lost to Utah again.

Trani, Nuccio, Ding to Georgia; Cotter to Alabama

November 16, 2007

U.S. National team member Amber Trani headlines the Georgia Gym Dogs’ 2009 recruiting class, coach Suzanne Yoculan announced today.

Amber Trani is headed to the University of Georgia.

Trani will be joined by fellow freshmen-to-be Gina Nuccio of Naperville, Ill. and Kathryn Ding of Reno, Nev.

Trani, whose vaulting capabilities won her a silver medal at last summer’s Pan American Games, will serve the Gym Dogs well, Yoculan believes.

“Amber is one of the most powerful athletes we have seen here in quite some time,” Yoculan said. “Her vault and floor are explosive and will most assuredly bring the crowd to their feet when she hits the floor in Stegeman Coliseum. She comes off as a quiet personality, but do not be deceived, Amber has a chance to be a major player in the all-around for her entire career here at UGA.”

Amber Trani, 2007 Pan American Games Event Finals, Vault:

Trani’s Parkettes teammate Julie Cotter, a level 10 who broke both her tibia in a “freak” training accident in March, has committed to the University of Alabama, The Allentown Morning Call reported.