With the University of Alabama track team heading to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week, and every other Crimson Tide spring sport already over, the end of the 2017-18 athletic year is finally at hand.
The Crimson Tide men will go in ranked 4th by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association, while the women are No. 20. Nine men and five women will compete at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on June 6-9.
Regardless of how they fare, it’s time to take a quick look back at Alabama’s successes during the first full year with Greg Byrne at athletic director. Here are the teams ranked, with cross-country and track combined:
1. Football: Won the national championship in overtime against Georgia, Nick Saban’s fifth title with the Crimson Tide and sixth overall. Alabama went 13-1 and remained the only team to make the College Football Playoff every year.
2. Women’s golf: The final pairing required an extra hole before Arizona won the national championship match, 3-2. Alabama went into the tournament ranked No. 1. The Crimson Tide reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
3. Men’s golf: Made it all the way to the national championship match before bowing to top-seeded Oklahoma State on the Cowboys’ home course. Also reached title match of SEC Tournament.
— Alabama Men's Golf (@AlabamaMGolf) May 31, 2018
4. Men’s track: Alabama won its first conference title at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships since 1972. Placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Cross-Country finished second at the SEC Meet and 14th at the national championships.
5. Gymnastics: Reached the NCAA Championships, but did not advance out of its semifinal. Missed the Super Six for the third time in 27 years. Was second at SEC Championships, 7-4 overall, 5-2 against SEC foes.
6. Men’s basketball: Alabama went 20-16 overall, 8-10 in league play, for the first 20-win season since 2012-13. The Crimson Tide won two games in the SEC Tournament, including against top-seeded Auburn to reach the semifinals. Alabama recorded its first win in the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
7. Softball: Went 36-20, won an NCAA Regional for the 14thstraight year after being seeded 12th in the tournament. Was 12-12 in league play and reached the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
8. Men’s swimming: Alabama placed 13th at the NCAA Championships, for its fifth-straight top-15 finish, and was eighth at the SEC Championships.
9. Men’s tennis: Alabama finished with a 20-13 record for the 10th 20-win season in program history. The Crimson Tide were 2-10 in league play, won two matches at the SEC Tournament and squeezed into the NCAA Tournament. They subsequently went on a run and reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 2007 and the fourth time in program history.
10. Soccer: Finished 7th in the SEC. Lost in first round of NCAA Tournament. Alabama (12-8-1, 4-5-1 SEC) won 12 games, its most since 2002.
11. Women’s track: Was 8th at the SEC Indoor Championships and 45that the NCAAs. Placed 9th at the SEC Outdoor Championships. The cross-country team was 7th at the SEC Championships.
12 .Women’s swimming: Placed 30th at the NCAA Championships, was 9th at the SEC meet.
13. Women’s basketball: The Crimson Tide finished the season 20-14 (7-9 SEC), marking the first time since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons they recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons. Alabama reached the NIT quarterfinals.
14. Volleyball: Went 18-14 overall, 6-12 in league play, and finished 10th in the SEC.
15. Women’s tennis: Alabama was 15-14 overall, but 2-11 in conference play and lost in first round of SEC Tournament.
16. Rowing: Finished fifth and medaled in three events at the eight-team Big 12 Championships.
17. Baseball: With a new coach, the Crimson Tide finished the regular season 27-29 overall and 8-22 in SEC play. Alabama was last in the SEC and didn’t qualify for the league tournament.