The Alabama gymnastics team was not there when the gymnast of Auburn Samantha Cerium He suffered an injury that ended his career less than two weeks ago in the regionals. Crimson Tide was competing in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional in Michigan, while the Tigers were in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in Louisiana. No advanced program to the last two rounds of the NCAA 2019 championships.
None of those details prevented Alabama from sending its love to the entire state to the Auburn family.
"What we did was meet and send him a recovery card," said the coach of the UA. Dana Duckworth He said. "I also immediately contacted all the coaches in Auburn, all of them, and sent a little thing on our side that said:" Get well, Sam Cerio. "- Alabama gymnastics staff. Side your rivalry at that time and you're a friend at that moment, you only know you do not want anything like that to anyone. "
Cerio dislocated both knees and tore multiple ligaments in both legs, coach of AU Jeff Graba shared On twitter Shortly after the accident. It happened at the end of a flip pbad during your exercise routine on the floor. She immediately underwent surgery with Dr. James andrews in Birmingham that lasted 2.5 hours, and Graba said it "it was an extreme success. "
Cerio is a senior and will graduate from Auburn with a degree in aerospace engineering. She already has a job in Seattle with Boeing as a structural design badysis engineer, which means she will work on rockets. She also has her wedding in June and told NBC's "Today" on Monday She will do everything possible to walk down the hall when the day arrives.
"She's a fighter, she's a tough girl, she's going to put up with this, she's going to come back from this, and she's going to walk down that aisle or eventually she'll be able to walk," Duckworth said. "Those are the lessons he teaches his ladies and do not take any day for granted."