Senior Mackenzie Brannan ruptured her Achilles today at practice while working on a floor routine, according to an initial diagnosis. The team will confirm Brannan’s diagnosis tomorrow morning.
On a night in which several Alabama gymnasts set career highs and the team recorded its best scores of the season on vault and uneven bars, coach Dana Duckworth was not satisfied. Duckworth always preaches that improving is a process, and Alabama’s 196.925 – 196.375 win over Kentucky in Coleman Coliseum was a perfect example of that concept.
The 1988 Alabama gymnastics team claimed the school's first ever gymnastics national championship. That year, Alabama also won the SEC Championship and NCAA Regionals. A three-part act that would not be replicated by the Crimson Tide until 2011.
Despite posting a season-best score, No. 9 Alabama was unable to overcome No. 5 Florida in Gainesville on Friday night, losing 197.850 – 197.075.
Nicknames are ingrained in sports culture. Some are earned by athletes through their legendary play, such as Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky; others allude to an athlete’s trademark appearance, like Shaquille “Diesel” O’Neal. It did not take long for freshman Lexi Graber to become known by her coaches and teammates as the “firecracker.”
For a moment, it looked as if Alabama’s perfect record in Power of Pink meets was in jeopardy. Heading into the last rotation of the night, the Crimson Tide led the Razorbacks by less than half a point. With low scores from the first two performers on floor, Alabama’s lead was trimmed further.
This will be Alabama’s 14th annual Power of Pink meet, but it may be the first time that pink will be joined by another emblematic color. As they have all season long, the Crimson Tide gymnasts will continue to honor Brannan’s brother - who is currently fighting stage four Hepatosplenic T-cell Lymphoma - by sporting green ribbons in their hair.
When Mackenzie Brannan dismounts the uneven bars, she transforms into a blur of crimson, white and sparkles. If you look closely enough, however, a hint of green can now be discerned from Alabama’s traditional colors. Once Brannan lands and thrusts her arms upward, freezing in time for a split second, the source of the contrasting color becomes clear: a lime green ribbon attached to her ponytail.
Alabama’s “The Power of One” mantra encourages each gymnast to focus on her personal ability and how she can utilize that ability to help the team achieve its goals. Both Loeb and Armbrecht’s performances were examples of how the motto manifests itself during competitions.
Instead of letting a key injury and a minor error throw them off their game, Alabama continued to compete, showing resiliency and setting the tone for what would become a strong 196.525 – 194.525 win over archrival Georgia.
When Alabama gymnastics squares off against Georgia in its first home meet of the season on Friday, it will be the third time that an Alabama team has faced Georgia in the past week. Although they will not be competing for a national championship, the meet will have a similar level of intensity given the passionate and rich history between the two storied programs.
Alabama gymnastics fans got a sneak preview of this year’s squad at the Crimson and White Preview on Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. Refusing to let snowy conditions stop them, approximately 500 Alabama fans gathered to watch head coach Dana Duckworth’s team perform routines in all four events – vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
In its final SEC and road meet of the season, the No. 6 Alabama gymnastics team recorded a season-best road to earn a victory over the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs, 197.700-197.325.
The University of Alabama gymnastics team held its senior night on Feb. 26, but this past Saturday officially marked the last time seniors Lauren Beers and Carley Sims will ever compete in Coleman Coliseum. Competing on its home turf, the Crimson Tide claimed first place at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional meet, scoring a 197.125 and advancing to the NCAA Championships.
The No. 4 University of Alabama gymnastics team will host the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional meet on Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m.
On a Sunday evening almost fives year ago, Donna Benjamin walked out into her backyard and sat down on a step.
The Alabama gymnastics team faced two breaks on the uneven bars during its first rotation Friday night.
There were many people who doubted her, not believing she could actually make a comeback, and at times, she was one of those people, but nothing was going to stop Ari Guerra from competing gymnastics again.
The No. 4 Alabama gymnastics team won its first quad meet of the season on Saturday at Penn State’s Rec Hall.