What a week it has been for Alabama athletics. From gymnastics to baseball and everything in between, this past week has been filled with success. Alabama teams and individual athletes have turned in dominant performances left and right.
Alabama took Boise State to the woodshed on Friday night as the Crimson Tide won the 11th annual Pink Meet by a score of 197.800-195.450. Multiple gymnasts posted career bests as the Tide won handily.
The Crimson Tide finished the game in dramatic fashion, winning on a Sharin Rivers go ahead three to take a 67-64 lead with 7.8 seconds remaining against Missouri Thursday night. The game was back and forth. There were six ties and 10 lead changes in the second half alone, and neither team held more than a three point advantage. The Tide play at no. 15 Texas A&M Monday night.
The Tide finished with a 38-over par, good enough to finish eighth in the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. Emma Talley led the Crimson Tide, shooting a 6-over through 54 holes. Talley finished tied for 13th.
Track & Field
Remona Burchell won the women's portion of the 60-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 7.14 seconds, recording the SEC and NCAA's lowest time of 2015 in the process. Burchell's time sits in second place in UA history, trailing only her own time of 7.11 seconds she ran last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Burchell was not the only Crimson Tide athlete to have a great meet.
- Alabama Junior Kimberley Ficenec ran a personal best of 2:05.25 to finish second in the seeded portion of the 800 meters. Ficenec's time is the third fastest in Crimson Tide history.
- Cameron Hudson jumped a 28 feet, 5 3/4 inch long jump to set a personal record. His jump placed him second in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA for 2015. It was the sixth best jump in Alabama history.
- Junior Steven Gayle finished second in his first 400 meter race as a Crimson Tide athlete. Gayle posted the eighth best time of Alabama history in the process. Gayle's time was the 10th best for the SEC in 2015.
- Alex Amankwah ran a 1:48.80 in the seeded portion of the men's 800-meter to finish second. Amankwah's time was good enough for sixth on Alabama's all-time list.
- Parker Deuel ran a 4:07.55 in the seeded portion of the men's mile to record a new personal best. Deuel's time was good enough for 14th in the SEC this year.
- Stephen Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Marlon Humphrey and Alex Amankwah combined to break a nine-year-old school record in the men's 4x400-meter relay, running a 3:06.05 to finish third overall in the event. The time is the fourth fastest in the world for 2015.
- Junior Justin Fondren leapt a height of 7 feet, 3 inches to set a new personal best and finish sixth in the competition.
- Senior Merilyn Uudmae jumped a 42-3 1/4 in the triple jump to set a new personal record and finish fourth in the event. Uudmae's jump placed her second in Alabama history and eighth in the SEC for 2015.
- Kyle Felpel won the men's shot put with a distance of 61-4 . Felpel's throw was his best of the season.
- Senior Dominique Kimpel ran a 23.70 in the women's 200-meter to finish fourth overall, set a personal record and earn the 11th best time in the SEC for 2015.
The Crimson Tide softball team had a busy and successful weekend at the Stanford Nike Invitational. Alexis Osario threw a no-hitter Sunday to help the Tide roll past Pacific with a 10-0 win. It was the Crimson Tide's second no-hitter of the season, coming nine days after Sidney Littlejohn's perfect game versus against Eastern Kentucky.
The Tide split their two games on Saturday with a 1-0, extra innings win over Cal Poly. Stanford beat Alabama 4-1 in the second game to hand the Crimson Tide their first loss of the season.
On Friday, Alabama scored 28 total runs in two games to tally two wins. The Tide run-ruled Pacific 13-0 in five innings. The Tide would carry their hot bats over into the second game, defeating Stanford 15-6.
Before their road trip out west, the Crimson Tide took down local rival Samford by a score of 7-1 on Wednesday. Alabama now holds a 20-2 record over the Bulldogs.
Alabama's spring sports have gotten off to hot starts this year. These teams and athletes are building momentum that could carry some of them to championship runs. The Crimson Tide's current run of success across the board is a remarkable thing to see. Enjoy this success while it lasts!