TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the fifth time in six years, the Goblins, led by senior All-American Kayla Hoffman, won the Alabama gymnastics team's annual Ghosts and Goblins Intrasquad meet in a crowded Frances Smith Practice Facility Sunday afternoon.
"The key to our success this season is going to be our upperclassmen helping our freshmen along," UA head coach Sarah Patterson, in her 33rd year leading the Crimson Tide, said. "We lost four All-Americans and nearly half our routines from last season to graduation and we're going to need to replace those from our freshman class."
The Crimson Tide's 2010-11 roster consists of three seniors, four juniors and three sophomore along with eight freshmen. Among the fans on hand were several gymnastics alumni, including NCAA Champion Morgan Dennis and All-Americans Stephanie Kite, Casey Overton, Kassi Price and Michelle Reeser.
The Goblins - Hoffman, junior All-American Ashley Priess, senior Alyssa Chapman, junior Jocelyn Fowler, sophomore Ashley Sledge along with freshmen Sarah DeMeo, Ria Domier, Lindsay Fowler and Hannah Toussaint - won the competition, which is based on a points formula, for the third year in row.
Junior Geralen Stack-Eaton won the all-around competition for the third year in a row, with Hoffman taking second and freshman Kim Jacob finishing third.
"We had some very good routines today, including several from our freshmen," Patterson said. "It was good to get out there today, in front of our fans, under some pressure, and see how everyone responded. Now we're focusing on what we need to do between now and when we begin the season at home with Penn State."
The Tide opens the season on Friday, Jan. 7 against Penn State in the first of five regular-season home meets. Season tickets are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum or online at RollTide.com.