Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 8, 2019

Your morning briefing on what's going on with Alabama athletics

Today is …

National Chocolate with Almonds Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

54 days

Did you notice?

• Alabama swimming’s Zane Waddell set the World University Games record in the 50-meter backstroke in both the prelims and semifinals and then won the gold medal in Napoli, Italy. Waddell, swimming for South Africa, tied for first with the United States’ Justin Ress, as both men clocked a 24.48 finals. 

• Alabama track’s Natassha McDonad picked up three medals this weekend:

• … while Bobby Colantonio Jr. won gold.

• An Alabama commitment was playing in another international event.

• Former Crimson Tide soccer player Merel van Dongen saw her team take a 2-0 loss to the United States in the championship game of the World Cup. Her coach went with Anouk Dekker instead of her on the back line.Next up for the Netherlands will be qualification for the UEFA Women's EURO in 2021.

• The USA Softball U-19 team won the bronze medal of the USA Softball International Cup with an 8-0 victory (five innings) against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, and then pulled off a tie in an exhibition matchup against the USSSA Pride after inclement-weather approached Columbus, Ga.Crimson Tide infielder Skylar Wallace had hits in both games.

• Former Alabama softball player Haylie McCleney brought in the winning run on a sacrifice fly as the Women’s National Team overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Japan 2-1 and win the gold medal of the USA Softball International Cup. The U.S. and Japan are the top-two ranked teams in the world.

• One of the reasons why he’s considered the best wide receiver in college football:

• The United States U19 men's basketball team defeated Mali 93-79 in the World Cup final to capture the gold medal for a record-setting seventh time. Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr. only played two minutes during the final game. Overall, he averaged 4.0 points and 1.7 assists over seven games.

• Yulee (Fla.) High School football coach Pat Dunlap, who coached Derrick Henry, died from lung caner.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 8, 2015: Kenny Stabler died in Gulfport, Mississippi. He was 69.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"If John David doesn't win the Heisman, they ought to stop giving it."  — Paul W. “Bear” Bryant in 1957 about his only player to win the Heisman Trophy. John David Crow was born on this date in 1935.

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