Lexi Graber makes the most of her opportunity

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.”

Alabama hosts annual Power of Pink Meet against Arkansas

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.

Fight like hell: Mackenzie Brannan competes for her brother

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 gymnastics opens up home schedule with 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.