Highlighting Past and Present Female Athletes at Alabama
Wednesday Feb. 3, 2021, is the thirty-fifth year of National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
According to The Women's Sports Foundation, "this celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power."
Many young girls and women have role models that they look up too. It would be hard to think that none of them come from The University of Alabama.
We are a school of legends after all.
Highlighted below are just a few of the many women who played or currently play sports at The University of Alabama.
Dana (Dobransky) Duckworth - Gymnastics
An eight-time All-American and two-time NCAA balance beam champion, Duckworth, is a name in Alabama gymnastics. She won the NCAA Championship in 1991 and the Coleman Coliseum balance beam record (10.00) in 1993. Duckworth has been on the coaching staff full time with the team since 2008 and was previously a volunteer coach of nine years. She became the head coach in July 2014 and is the first in league history to bring an SEC gymnastics championship home as a first-year head coach.
Lexi Graber - Gymnastics
As a freshman Graber was the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional all-around and vault champion. She was also named to the 2018 SEC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore she became the SEC balance beam champion with a 9.950 during the 2019 SEC Championships. Her junior year she posted a career best to win the all-around with a score of 39.650. She is currently in her senior season.
Kelly Kretschman - Softball
Kretschman became the first four-time NFCA All-American in Alabama softball program history. She led the Tide to its first College World Series appearance in 2000. She currently holds many individual single season records with the Tide. Kretschman is also a two-time Olympic medalist with Team USA. She won gold in 2004 and silver in 2008.
Bailey Hemphill - Softball
Hemphill opted to take advantage this season of the eligibility that was given to athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2017. Hemphill was Second Team All-SEC her sophomore year (2018) and First Team All-SEC her junior year (2019). She is a single season record holder with 26 home runs and 84 RBIs in 2019. Hemphill was also a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Finalist in 2019 and is currently on the watch list for 2021.
Niesa Johnson - Women's Basketball
Johnson started off her college basketball career winning National Freshman of the Year in 1992. She then went on to become the 1992-93 year-by-year scoring leader as a sophomore with 499 points. Johnson was a two-time All-American and helped lead the Tide to the 1994 NCAA Final Four. After college she began her WNBA career in 1996 with the Atlanta Glory and ended her career in 2000 with the Charlotte Sting.
Jordan Lewis - Women's Basketball
Lewis was named SEC Freshman of the Week five times during her first season with the Tide. In May 2019 she participated in the 3x3 National Championship in Las Vegas and was part of the South Point Shootout All-Tournament Team. She is currently No. 6 at Alabama with 449 career assists and No.1 this season with 72 FTM and 16 steals.