Among those returning to the Capstone for Alumni Night are nine members of the 1988 NCAA Championship team, the first women’s program to win a national title at Alabama. The 1988 team, coached by Tide legends Sarah and David Patterson, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of that championship season. In addition to Alabama’s first NCAA title, the 1988 team also won UA’s first Southeastern Conference gymnastics title and first Triple Crown, taking the SEC, NCAA Central Region and NCAA championships.
Alabama will also be hosting its Bama Salute night, with all military and first responders receiving free admission with their ID. The Crimson Tide will also be giving away 1,000 light up wands. In honor of Alabama’s weekend of champions, a limited edition poster featuring the 1988 team as well as all of the Tide’s individual NCAA champions will be given away, with nearly a dozen past NCAA champions on hand from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. to sign autographs.
While the meet gets underway at 7:30 p.m., the Tide’s alumni ceremony will start just after 7 p.m. and will include a special recognition of the 1988 team.