Gymnastics


Ari Guerra not done after winning SEC Championship in floor exercise

Poised to join the U.S. National Team for training in Huntsville, Texas, Ari Guerra, a League City, Texas native, instead made the difficult decision to undergo surgery on her back. Over time as an elite gymnast, Guerra had sustained four breaks in her lower back, two in her L4 and two in her L3 spinal regions. Although she wanted to give the national team her best shot, the nearly unbearable needed to be remedied.


Gymnastics ties season-high score in vault during senior night

Crimson and white confetti rained down on Alabama’s gymnasts as they embraced each other in an emotional group hug on the middle of the floor apparatus. Although the Crimson Tide had just notched a season best 49.575 on floor, shattering its previous season high of 49.4, the celebratory confetti swirled around them for a different reason. It was senior night, and a tribute video highlighting the careers of Alabama’s four soon-to-be graduates had just played on the big screen. Immediately before that, seniors Kiana Winston and Nickie Guerrero had ended the final regular season home meet of their careers with a bang. The last two gymnasts to compete on floor, Winston posted an impressive 9.925 while Guerrero scored a career-best 9.95.


Gymnastics overcomes last-minute changes to defeat North Carolina

In every practice this week leading up to tonight’s meet against North Carolina, Ari Guerra was not positioned to go first on floor for Alabama. Although Guerra has led the way on floor for the past five meets, coach Dana Duckworth wanted another gymnast to experience going first for the Crimson Tide. It was Shea Mahoney’s turn to get Alabama’s floor lineup started. Flash forward to tonight; specifically, to about a minute and a half before Alabama was scheduled to start on floor. Duckworth approached Guerra and told her that she would have to go first. Mahoney had tweaked her ankle in warmups for the event and was unsure if she could compete.


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.