Four gymnasts will return to the Capstone for a fifth year of collegiate gymnastics. Luisa Blanco, Ella Burgess, Makarri Doggette, and Mati Waligora all decided to return to complete some unfinished business.
In the last event, as Bama took to the floor routine and in the third of rotation, Makarri Doggette went and took the floor, showing her beautiful talents. In the last seconds of her routine, after one of her last tumbling pieces, Doggette took a hard fall that she couldn’t get back up from.
The Alabama gymnastics team comes off their first win heading into the Iron Bowl meet versus Auburn Friday. The Tide posted their season high overall score, a 197.650, against the Kentucky Wildcats. That meet was also their first home meet of the season. Alabama head coach Dana Duckworth was happy with the gymnasts performance against the Wildcats going into Friday's meet.
Makarri Doggette became the Crimson Tide's 75th gymnast to earn All-American Honors. Doggette was named an All-American for her excellence in the uneven bars. The freshman finished the year with a 9.905 national qualifying score on the uneven bars and led the Tide in the event in seven contests.
The ninth ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Gymnastics team lost its home opener 198.25 to 197.4 to number one ranked Oklahoma. Coleman Colieseum hosted its “Capes and Crowns” night for the fans but the Tide came up short against the defending national champions. Oklahoma outscored the Tide gymnasts in each of the four categories in Tuscaloosa to improve its record to 5-0 on the season.