Alabama’s Lauren Beers Voted SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Alabama senior Lauren Beers was voted the Southeastern Conference Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's coaches it was announced by the conference office Thursday.
With Beers’ honor, Alabama gymnasts have now won six SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in the 13-year history of the award. She joins Kim Jacob (2012, 2013 and 2014), Kayla Hoffman (2011) and Michelle Reeser (2005) since the award’s inception in 2004.
Beers is also the fourth Alabama student-athlete to earn SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors for their respective sports during the current academic year, joining men’s basketball’s Retin Obasohan, football’s Ryan Kelly and soccer’s Abby Lutzenkirchen.
Beers is a two-time (2014 and 2015) NCAA Elite 89 Award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at the final site of the NCAA Championships, as well as a two-time (2014 and 2015) CoSIDA Academic All-American. A three-time Scholastic All-American, Beers earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science in three years, posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career.
The Warren Center, Pa., native is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports management while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. A six-time All-American and a four-time NCAA individual regional champion, Beers earned a career-best 10.0 on the vault against Georgia earlier this season and posted a career-best 9.975 on the floor exercise against the Bulldogs.
In addition to Beers’ honor, the SEC also announced the 2016 All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman teams. Junior Katie Bailey, sophomores Mackenzie Brannan and Kiana Winston and freshman Jenna Bresette earned All-SEC honors. Bresette also earned a place on the SEC All-Freshman team.
Alabama returns to action April 2 as host of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Championship. The Crimson Tide will be vying for its 31st regional title and 34th NCAA Championship berth. Tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum and online at RollTide.com.