This week is spring break for Alabama, which means the past week was a busy one as teams prepared for a short break. Crimson Tide athletes achieved a great deal of success last week.
Track & Field
Remona Burchell won gold in the NCAA 60m, while Lakan Taylor and Alex Amakwah both earned All-American honors with their performances in the women's pole vault and men's 800m respectively. Burchell, the NCAA record holder in the 60m, continued her run as the fastest woman in college with a 7.12 in the 60m. The next closest competitor finished with a time of 7.21. Taylor finished sixth in the Women's Pole Vault to earn All-American honors. Amankwah ran the men's 800m in 1:48.03 to finish sixth and earn All-American honors.
Swimming & Diving
The Alabama men's team earned six individual invitations to the NCAA Championships at the University of Iowa March 26-28. Kristian Gkolomeev is the number one seed and SEC champion in the 50m and 100m freestyle. The list of Crimson Tide athletes is below.
- Kristian Gkolomeev- 50m and 100m freestyle
- Connor Oslin- 100m and 200m backstroke
- Anton McKee- 100m, 200m breaststroke, 500m freestyle
- Brett Walsh- 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly
- Luke Kaliszak- 100m backstroke
- Christopher Reid- 200m backstroke
The No. 5 Crimson Tide barely lost to No. 1 Oklahoma by a score of 197.725-197.500 in the team's final regular season contest. Alabama Junior Lauren Beers won the all-around and tied the best all-around performance of her career with a 39.650.
Alabama is looking to repeat as conference champions as the third seed in Saturday's SEC Championships. The Championships are being held at The Arena at Gwinnett Place in Duluth, Georgia.
Alabama went 1-1 last weekend with a win over Auburn Friday and a loss to No. 18 Florida on Sunday. The Crimson Tide cruised past Auburn with a 4-1 victory. In the match versus Florida the Tide fell behind 3-0 early. Florida won the first two points in doubles by a small margin. After Florida won the first two singles matches to extend their lead to 3-0, Alabama rallied. Sam Edwards and Becker O'Shaughnessy won their singles matches 6-2, 6-3 and 6-3, 7-5 respectively. The late comeback was not enough however, and the Tide fell 4-2 after Chase Perez-Blanco sealed the match for the Gators with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Stuart Kenyon.
The Crimson Tide went 1-1 last weekend with a win over No. 16 Ole Miss and a loss to Mississippi State. Alabama earned a convincing 4-1 win over Ole Miss to win their fourth straight match and nine of their last ten overall. The Tide breezed through doubles play, with the dominant combo of Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen improving to 12-0 on the season with an 8-2 victory. Danielle Spielmann and Luicelena Perez won their match 8-1 to seal the doubles point. Ole Miss earned the first singles point with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Spielmann. The Crimson TIde finished the Rebels off in singles with convincing wins from Routliffe and Jansen and a close win by Emily Zabor.
Alabama barely lost the thriller versus Mississippi State. Routliffe/Jansen improved to 13-0 on the season, and Spielmann/Perez won to give the Tide the doubles point to open the match. Mississippi State won their first point in singles after Routliffe had to withdraw due to a right hand injury. Timea Guibe extended the Bulldogs' lead to 2-1 with a singles win over Perez. Alabama answered behind a singles win from Jansen. Georgianna Patrasc put MSU ahead once again with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spielmann. Alabama needed wins from Zabor and Emily Maynetto to win the match. Maynetto ground out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory to tie the match at 3-3. Zabor faced off against the Bulldogs' Louise Ronaldson. Zabor and Ronaldson swapped victories in the first two sets. In the final set, Ronaldson raced out to an early 4-2 lead. Zabor fought back and eventually took a 6-5 lead. Ronaldson tied the set at 6-6 to send the match to a first to seven tiebreaker. Zabor could not find her groove in the tiebreaker, and Ronaldson sealed the match for Mississippi State with a 7-2 win.
Robbie Shelton won the individual portion of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, shooting 15-under 201. As a team, the Crimson Tide finished 14th out of 15. Shelton cruised to victory while his next closest competitors, Arizona State's Jon Rahm and Texas' Beau Hossler, both finished six strokes behind him.
Alabama opened the spring portion of its season with a set of strong finishes in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Alabama took down conference rival Tennessee in the 1st and 2nd Varsity 4s. Alabama returns home to the Black Warrior River on March 21 against Drake and again on March 28 versus Jacksonville.