Seniors set the tone for Alabama AthleticsBy James Ogletree | 04/25/2018 9:10pm
Alabama had multiple senior leaders in each sport. These players provided leadership and production to their teams, causing them to perform to the standard that every team sets for itself. Here are some standout seniors for the 2017-2018 academic year:
Chandler Avant - Baseball
Avant has played in 42 of 43 games in his senior season. He bats .327, the highest on the team among players who meet the minimum requirements for games played. He also leads the team with 36 RBIs and is tied for second on the team in runs (30) and hits (51).
Riley Norris - Men's Basketball
Norris was the most experienced player entering the men's basketball the year. He was averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game before his season ended in December due to a hip injury.
Ashley Williams - Women’s Basketball
Williams finished her career with the fifth-most rebounds in Alabama women’s basketball history and ninth in career points. She, Hannah Cook, and Meo Knight made up the only trio from the same recruiting class in team history to reach 1,000 points each for their careers.
Bradley Bozeman - Football
Bozeman started the final 29 games of his career at center for the Alabama football team, playing at least one snap in all 44 games over the last three seasons. Bozeman was unanimously named a Second-Team All-American for his play in 2017. On Saturday he was honored as a permanent team captain at the Walk of Fame.
Lee Hodges - Men’s Golf
Hodges has won two tournaments so far this year, the Puerto Rico Classic in February and the Linger Longer Invitational in March, and has also recorded three other top-10s this season. His scoring average of 70.78 is the lowest on the team and Golfstat currently ranks him No. 20 in the country.
Lakareber Abe - Women’s Golf
Abe came to the women’s golf team in the fall of 2014 as one of the top recruits in the nation. Her senior season has included three top-ten finishes, including a T6 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge where she was the team’s low scorer. Golfstat currently ranks Abe the No. 41 player in women’s golf.
Kiana Winston and Nickie Guerrero - Gymnastics
Kiana Winston and Nickie Guerrero were instrumental in Alabama reaching its 36th-consecutive NCAA Championships. Guerrero ranked No. 5 in the country on the balance beam. She earned first-team All-American honors in that event and was a second-team All-American in the vault. Winston earned her third consecutive All-SEC honor. She was the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Balance Beam Champion and a three-time SEC Specialist of the Week.
Celia Jimenez Delgado - Soccer
Jimenez Delgado finished third on the Alabama soccer team in goals (three) and second in assists (six) while majoring in aerospace engineering. She was also a member of the All-SEC second team for her junior season in 2015 (she redshirted in 2016 due to injury).
Alexis Osorio - Softball
Osorio sports a 2.08 ERA this season, which ranks 14th in the SEC among pitchers who have pitched at least 100 innings. Her win-loss record in 11-7, and her total of 14 complete games pitched trails only two SEC pitchers.
Luke Kaliszak - Men’s Swimming
Kaliszak was the captain of the men’s swimming team this year, and his results backed that up. He finished second in the 100-meter backstroke at the SEC Championships, and was also part of Alabama’s 200-meter medley relay team, which took third. He recorded the team’s fastest times of the year in both the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly.
Bailey Scott - Women’s Swimming
Scott’s 100-meter freestyle time at the SEC Championships in February set a school record and earned her sixth place in the conference. She also finished third in the SEC in the 50-meter freestyle for the second straight year. She was the anchor of the team’s fastest times of the year in the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay.