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Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 1st- Aja Sims (Alabama) 

Aja Sims (born October 4th 1995) is a former level 10 gymnast, who is currently a senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in exercise science. She did her club training at Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics under Kelly Pitzen and Brandy Johnson. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2012 JO All-Around, Balance Beam and Uneven Bars National Champion 
  • 2011-2012 JO National Junior Olympic Team Member
  • Graduated from high school early to join Alabama team in January 2014

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: N/A
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.975
  • Floor: 9.975

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Named to the President’s list her sophomore and junior years (4.0 GPA)
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (2/18/2014)
  • 2014 NCAA Seattle Regional Beam Champion

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 10th- Elizabeth Price (Stanford)

Elizabeth Price (born May 28th 1996) is a former senior international elite gymnast who is currently a junior at Stanford University, majoring in bio-mechanical engineering. She did her club training at Parkettes under Bill and Donna Strauss. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2012 US Olympic Alternate
  • USA National Team Member (2010-2014)
  • 2014 AT&T American Cup Champion

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 10.000
  • Bars: 9.975
  • Beam: 9.900
  • Floor: 9.975

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2015 NCAA Vault Champion 
  • 2015 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year
  • 2016 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year
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Thanks for the letter, Ayla. Today, President Obama met with the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, and here’s what he had to say to these talented young women:

“When I’ve got two daughters who are tall and gorgeous and athletic, for them to know that they’ve got a whole bunch of people ahead of them who are doing great stuff, it empowers them and it makes me feel very proud to be with these outstanding young women.” —President Obama

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 12th- Katie Bailey (Alabama)

Katie Bailey (born July 4th 1995) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in general studies. She did her club training at High Point Gymnastics Academy under Buddy Thorburn, Rob Travers and Jenna Squires.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Five-time JO Nationals Qualifier
  • 2011 JO National AA and Floor Champion 
  • 2011 Nastia Liukin Cup Competitor

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.950
  • Floor: 9.900

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Four-time SEC Freshman of the Week
  • 2016 SEC Bars Champion 
  • 2016 NCAA Vault Champion 
Villanova is the first 1-seed to get knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in huge upset

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Defending NCAA champions Villanova are out of the NCAA Tournament after falling to 8-seed Wisconsin in the second round, 65-62. 

The loss also makes ‘Nova the first 1-seed to bow out of this year’s tourney. 

With the game tied at 62 with 20 seconds left, Wisconsin fed the ball to Nigel Hayes, who drove to the rack and finished on a nifty little hesitation move to give the Badgers a two-point lead. 

Villanova’s Josh Hart immediately drove down the court and attacked the basket on the other end, but solid Wisconsin defense led to a stuffed shot and Wisconsin ball. 'Nova had no choice but to foul, and although the Badgers went 1-of-2 from the line, it was enough to secure the upset. 

Here’s Hayes’ go-ahead bucket:

And here’s a closer look:

With the win, Wisconsin once again reaches the Sweet 16. Villanova’s loss also means that no team since Florida in 2007 has repeated as NCAA Champions. 

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