Alabama Crimson Tide football fans will be able to talk all throughout the Spring and Summer about the football team’s chance at a ‘three-peat’ – winning back-to-back-to-back championships – but another Tide athletics team begins that quest tonight.
Head Coach Sarah Patterson leads the Crimson Tide gymnastics team into Columbia this evening to take on the Missouri Tigers in the first meet of the 2013 season.
The meet takes place at the Hearnes Center at 6:30 pm CT, and marks the first time Alabama has faced Missouri in Columbia. The Tide and Tigers have met several times in the past, including a meet last season, which the Tide won.
“We’re excited to get going,” Patterson said about the upcoming season. “Our ladies are ready to get their season started, to start this journey together. We’re also at a point in the season where we need a competition in order to see where we are and to get our starting point.”
Patterson is a legend in college gymnastics, having won six national titles at Alabama. In 2012, Patterson was honored when the Alabama Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of the Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza, a shrine to the success of all Crimson Tide sports. The plaza, which will be situated next to Sewell-Thomas Stadium, is scheduled to open in Spring 2013.
The Tide’s gymnastics team’s home opener is on January 18, when they host the LSU Tigers. Tickets to that event can be purchased through the Alabama Ticket Office or at RollTide.com.