20 May 2010
It's been a little while since we had an all-sports wrap-up on the BSR, but I'll try my best to catch up on all of Bama's teams.
--- The men's baseball team has had what some folks consider to be a bad season, but the Tide heads to Knoxville this weekend with a chance to earn its way into the SEC Tournament. And in the latest RPI standings, Bama was listed at #15. At 12-15 in the SEC, no one would call this a great season, but the season hasn't been quite as disasterous as some would have you believe.
--- The men's basketball team looks to be completely finished for signing new players for the 2010-2011 season. The final prospect that looked like a possibility (Marcus Thornton) signed with Georgia on Wednesday.
--- The women's basketball team has had some major changes on its coaching staff. Gone are associate head coach Joni Crenshaw and assistant coach Stacey Franklin. Replacing them are former Tide player Leah Drury and former Ramsay (Birmingham) High School head coach Robert Mosely. Returning assistant Ty Evans has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.
--- The men's golf team has a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament that will begin on Thursday, with Bama playing in the regional at Yale. Bama golfers Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick were named All-SEC, while Lee Knox was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Cauley is also a finalist for the Ben Hogan award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer.
--- The women's golf team won the school's first ever SEC Championship on April 18, and then collected a number of league awards. Mic Potter was named the SEC Coach of the Year, while Jennifer Kirby and Camilla Lennarth were named first team All-SEC. Kirby was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
The women's squad is at the NCAA Championships in Wilmington, NC and currently sits in 2nd place with most of the 2nd round completed. Weather has caused some issues at the tournament, and while Bama has finished its second round, there are six teams who still have to finish. As it stands right now, Bama is seven strokes behind USC, with two full rounds remaining.
--- The women's gymnastics team finished third at the NCAA Championships in late April. Kassie Price, Geralen-Stack-Eaton, Morgan Dennis, Ashley Priess, Kayla Hoffman, and Ricki Lebegern all earned All-American honors at the competition.
Price was honored with one of the Elite 88 Awards, a new honor created by the NCAA. The NCAA awards 88 national championships each year, and an Elite 88 award will be given to the student ahtlete competing at the NCAA finals with the highest cumulative grad point average. Price has a 4.0 GPA with a double major in marketing and advertising. She has also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
--- The women's rowing team closed its season by finishing 9th in the South Region. Bama has recently joined the Conference USA in rowing (joined by fellow SEC member Tennessee), and finished 6th in the conference's first championship. Junior Laura Skaggs was named 1st team All-CUSA.
--- The women's softball team won the SEC Regular Season Championship and the SEC Tournament Championship. Kelsi Dunne was named the tournament MVP. Charlotte Morgan as named the SEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Dunne was named the SEC's pitcher of the year. Kayla Braud was named the SEC Freshmanof the Year. Patrick Murphy was named the SEC Coach of the Year. Dunne, Morgan, and Braud were named 1st Team All-SEC.
As if that weren't good enough news, Bama was named the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will host and NCAA Regional for the sixth consecutive season. The regional will begin on Friday, as Bama will play host to UAB, Lipscomb, and Alcorn State.
--- The men's tennis team closed their season by losing in the first round of the NCAA Championships. Saketh Myneni was named 1st team All-SEC and the Farnsworth/ITA Player of the Year for the Southern Region. He will compete in the NCAA singles championships beginning May 26.
--- The women's tennis team closed its season with a loss in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Courtney McLane and Alexa Guarachi will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship beginning on May 26, and Guarachi will also compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. She was also named the ITA Southern Region Freshman of the Year.
--- The men's track and field team has an emerging star on its hands with true freshman Kirani James. He won the SEC Title at 400 meters, and is posting times as a 17-year old that make him a strong contender to represent Grenada in the 2012 Olympics. His time of 45.01 was the 5th best time run in the world this year... and he's 17.
Bama has moved up to #24 in the national polls as everyone heads towards NCAA Championship time.
--- The women's track and field team had two SEC Champions - Chealsea Taylor won the heptathalon, while Kim Laing brought home the title in the 100 meter hurdles. The Tide finished 6th overall at the Championships.
So at this point Bama still has the baseball and softball teams still competing, as well as both the men's and women's teams in golf and track and field. We'll keep you updated on how everyone finishes the 2010 season.