Excellent local report on Alabama gymnast Ashley Priess & Gymnastics ends regular season with win


VIDEO: Alabama Gymnast Living Her Dream. From WIAT comes this video report: Ashley Priess is back on the mat for her senior season with the Crimson Tide.

For Alabama fans interested in sports other than football, one of the bright spots in Tuscaloosa is the gymnastics program. WIAT provided this excellent profile of gymnast Ashley Priess. She explains how she picked Alabama and the effort to overcome two ankle surgeries to get back with the team for the 2012 season. It is worth watching the report to see another successful program and the quality people involved in it.

The video reported was filed earlier in the week, but Preiss enjoyed senior night with a victory.

Alabama concluded its regular season with a win over the University of North Carolina.

According to UA, “The Crimson Tide was led by senior Ashley Priess, who closed out her Coleman Coliseum tenure with a career-best 39.625 to win the all-around while senior Geralen Stack-Eaton was second with a 39.450. Prior to the meet Priess, Stack-Eaton and Rachel Terry were honored as part of the Senior Night celebration.”

“All week we have been practicing our mental toughness and being fierce,” Priess said. “We have such an incredible beam team but we haven’t put all six together at the same time. I think we finally believe it and we’re working together to create an incredible performance.”

One last tidbit about the gymnastics program. According to UA, “Alabama averaged 12,827 fans per meet this season, the second highest average in program history and the third highest in any women’s sport this year.”

Impressive gymnast and an impressive gymnastics program. What are your thoughts on gymnastics and Alabama? Can Alabama repeat as national champions?