Spring Sports Excel
The Alabama baseball team had one of it’s worst seasons ever and the men’s tennis squad didn’t have the type of season it had hoped for but the other spring sports teams have had outstanding seasons and several are in the hunt for national championships. Let’s begin with softball. Patrick Murphy’s team is playing Michigan this week in the Tuscaloosa NCAA Super Regional. If the Tide can take two out of three it will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City for the eighth time in program history. The Crimson Tide has won more than 50 games and is one of the top offensive teams in the country. Jackie Traina is an ace in the circle and Bama has strong pitching to back Traina. This could be a “special team.”
The Crimson Tide leads the NCAA Women’s Championship in Nashville, Tennessee by 11 shots as the halfway point. Senior Brooke Pancake leads the way as the team is attempting to win the program’s first National Championship. The job that Head Coach Mic Potter has done is absolutely phenomenal. Let’s hope the ladies can bring home the title.
After winning the NCAA Athens, Georgia Regional by an amazing 25 strokes, the Alabama men’s golf team is the favorite to capture next week’s NCAA Men’s Championship at famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Crimson Tide Freshman Justin Thomas leads a deep and talented squad that has proven it can go low on tough golf courses, and Riviera is certainly a challenging course.
The Alabama women’s tennis team won the SEC West Division Championship and hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. The Tide was one point away from advancing to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia. Bama lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Georgia Tech in the Regional final. Still, it was one of the best seasons ever for Alabama. Congratulations to Head Coach Jenny Mainz and her squad.
Some may consider gymnastics a winter sport since the season begins in January but it doesn’t end until late April. Sarah Patterson and company are the premier program in the country right now. Alabama won it’s second consecutive NCAA Championship and sixth overall. What can you say about Coach Patterson and her staff? They put together championship teams and the student-athletes not only excel in the gym but also in the classroom. This program is a model for others all over the country.
TRACK AND FIELD
The UA track and field team is hoping to finish strong. The squad is set to begin competition at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round on Thursday evening in Jacksonville, Florida. The Crimson Tide is scheduled to have 13 student-athletes compete at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The top 12 competitors in each event will move on to the NCAA Championships, June 6th through the 9th in Des Moines Iowa. Head Coach Dan Waters has done a solid job in his first season as head coach of the men’s and women’s combined programs.
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