Author: CW Sports Staff

School records fall on day three of NCAA Swimming Championships

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (James Ogletree) Alabama finished the third day of the NCAA championship in 12th place with 98 points, just five points out of 10th place. On the third day, the Crimson Tide broke three different school records, adding 66 points to its total. Alabama senior swimmer Connor Oslin set a school record in the 100 backstroke Friday to finish third in the country, with junior Luke Kaliszak right behind him, taking fourth. Oslin was already the school record holder in the 100 backstroke before he swam a 44.59 in prelims. He beat his own record again just eight hours later with a 44.56, the fifth-fastest 100 backstroke time in the NCAA history, even beating Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. Kaliszak recorded a career-best 44.91, joining Oslin as only the second Alabama swimmer to ever break 45 seconds in the 100 backstroke. “I don’t think there’s ever been a school with two guys under 45 seconds in the 100 backstroke at the same time,” head coach Dennis Pursley said. “To have Connor and Luke go third and fourth behind an Olympic gold medalist [champion Ryan Murphy] was amazing.” It was Oslin’s third consecutive top-five finish in the 100 backstroke, following a fifth-place finish in 2015 and second-place in 2016. Kaliszak also placed in the 100 backstroke last year, finishing 13th. Elsewhere, the team began the 200 medley relay as the...

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Alabama takes game one against No. 7 South Carolina

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Coming into Columbia, Alabama was swept in its only SEC play this season. Friday the Crimson Tide made sure to change that, defeating No. 7 South Carolina 4-2. The first innings have been a problem for the Alabama pitching staff in SEC play so far. In the Missouri series, the team allowed seven runs to start the game, and the trend continued, as South Carolina pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both runs were scored before the Crimson Tide recorded an out. After the first inning, the combination of Jake Walters and Garrett Suchey shut down the Gamecocks, allowing two hits the rest of the game. Walters finished with the win, going 5.1 innings, and allowing two runs with six walks and four strike outs. Suchey finished with the save. He went 3.2 innings and allowed only one hit, while striking out five. Offensively, the Crimson Tide showed its power with a pair of home runs. The first came off the bat of Cody Henry in the top of the third inning, to cut the South Carolina lead in half. Henry would finish 2-for-3 on the night. Chandler Taylor hit the second home run, which game Alabama a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. The Crimson Tide would push one more across in the top of the ninth....

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Women's Tennis upsets No. 13 Kentucky

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Mike Schwartz) On Friday night, the Alabama women’s tennis team suited up and sported its Power of Pink jerseys to take on the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats. For a team that had been going through turbulent times, a rebound was necessary, and bounce back Alabama did. All night Alabama was the hungrier team and was willing to lay it out on the line to capture the victory. In its 4-2 triumph over the Wildcats, the Crimson Tide showed the grit and tenacity it takes to compete with such high level of competition like the No. 13 team in the country. Alabama showed it was ready for battle as early as doubles play kicked off. Andie Daniell and Joanna Savva went back and forth with Kentucky’s Morgan Chumney and Akvile Parazinskaite to split the first six games of the set. It was then that the Alabama duo would go on to string together three straight wins, to take the first set for Alabama 6-3. Soon after, Emily Fanning and Justina Mikulskyte were able to take care of business against the Crimson Tide duo of Danielle Spielmann and Juliana Valero 6-4 to knot up the doubles matches. Maddie Pothoff and Erin Routliffe squared off with Kentucky’s top doubles pair, Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi. Pothoff and Routliffe stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the set, but Kentucky would...

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Hemphill, Turner lead the way for Alabama in 7-3 win over South Carolina

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Boynton) The first at-bat of Alabama-South Carolina was a leadoff homerun for the Gamecocks off senior pitcher Sydney Littlejohn, who entered the game third in the country in ERA with a 0.44 mark. She later gave up another solo home run and the Gamecocks ended up with three runs off Littlejohn. It didn’t matter, as Alabama scored seven runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 7-3 victory on Friday night. Freshman designated player Bailey Hemphill had two RBIs and junior second baseman Demi Turner went 3-4 with three hits from the leadoff spot to lead the Crimson Tide on offense. “Today my mindset was just pretty much to set the tone for the team and have Sydney’s back,” Turner said. “We haven’t had her back lately and I was just really like [focused on] trying to take one at-bat at a time.” Hemphill had gone five straight games without a hit, and said the caliber of SEC teams has taken some adjusting to. “Obviously I’ve been struggling a little lately, but I’ve been putting in some work and got a little more confidence today,” Hemphill said. “It’s just like a different level in the SEC than other conference.” The Gamecocks committed just a single error, but it was a critical one. The shortstop and center fielder collided with each other on a pop...

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History repeating itself as women's tennis works to overcome tough stretch

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Mike Schwartz) What was once thought to be impossible is now deemed as inevitable, the Alabama women’s tennis team may be doomed to repeat history. Typically, repeating history can be construed in one of two ways: an imminent wave of achievement is near or looking down the barrel of a lost season. For this team, it is the latter. While the team may not be down in the dumps quite like the 2014 Philadelphia 76ers team, the women on the team are enduring a brutal stretch only matched and surpassed by last years team. In the spring season of the 2016 campaign, the Crimson Tide with SEC play looming, entered with a mediocre record of 4-5 then proceeded to drop 13 consecutive matches in conference play. Just as the 76ers matured and hope grew, “The Process” seemed to be working for this Alabama team. The team record increased to 6-4 as conference play reared its ugly head, and just as last year, the team has yet to walk away from a match victoriously. “We need to work harder and harder each day especially and practice, if we push ourselves and each other we will be able to get over this hump,” said senior Erin Routliffe. Routliffe may be onto something. Although the Crimson Tide have not been able to pick up a win in one of the...

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