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Alabama Gymnastics welcomes two returning seniors as fifth-graders – The Crimson White
Alabama Gymnastics welcomes two returning seniors as fifth-graders – The Crimson White

Alabama gymnast Cameron Macado will compete against Illinois, Minnesota and Talladega.

Alabama gymnast Cameron Macado will compete against Illinois, Minnesota and Talladega.

Although the Alabama gymnastics team honored four graduates and three seniors on Senior Night, two of those athletes are returning to Coleman Coliseum for one final season: Shania Adams and Cameron Machado.

Alabama has a very special place in my heart and there is no other place I would rather spend my fifth year. To me, these are not just teammates, they are my sisters – my family,” Said Adams.

In the last four years that Adams and Machado competed for the Crimson Tide, they helped the gymnastics team make it to the Semi-finals of the 2024 national championship And 2023 NCAA Regional Championships and the victory in the 2021 SEC Championship.

“Alabama is a very special place. The memories and relationships I have made here have made me realize that I can’t leave yet,” Machado said.

Shania Adams

After competing for the Crimson Tide for four years, Adams was named SEC All-Freshman in 2021 and All-SEC overall in 2021 and 2022.

In her freshman year, Adams became SEC champion on uneven bars after scoring 9.95. She won five individual titles: two in the all-around, two on uneven bars and one on vault.

In her rookie season, she achieved her personal best of 9.975 on the uneven bars at the NCAA regional finals.

Following her rookie season as SEC champion, Adams continued to perform well in her sophomore year, posting a career-best 9.95 on the balance beam at the NCAA Regional Finals and vaulting a personal best 9.95 in the Crimson Tide’s home match against North Carolina and Western Michigan.

She competed on balance beam five times during the season, scoring 9.9 or better on four of her routines, including three at the NCAA Championships.

In her junior season, Adams posted a personal-best 9.925 on floor against Boise State at Coleman Coliseum. She competed on floor 11 times, scoring a 9.9 or better six times, and posted season-best scores of 9.9 on uneven bars and balance beam at Norman Regionals.

Adams began her senior season with a win on the balance beam after scoring a 9.9 on the Mean Girls Super 16 Gymnastics Championships.

Adams helped Alabama to its third-highest score in program history and shared the uneven bars championship title with graduate student Luisa Blanco at the Crimson Tide meet against Georgia in February after achieving a team score of 9.95.

“The decision to return for my fifth year with this program was one I couldn’t pass up because I know what this team is still capable of,” Adams said. “We have more to accomplish together, and I know I can give even more to this program and its people in return.”

Cameron Machado

As a freshman, Machado competed in every regular season meet on uneven bars, winning the event title against Auburn after scoring 9.875. She competed in two meets on balance beam, achieving a personal best score of 9.825 against Kentucky.

As a sophomore, Machado made her debut on floor exercise in the season opener against Oklahoma. She received the David Patterson Work Ethic Award, an honor for Alabama gymnasts presented at the end-of-season awards banquet.

In the 2023 season, Machado scored 9.9 points on the uneven bars in all three postseason competitions: the SEC Championships, the Norman Regional Semifinals, and the Norman Regional Finals.

The 2024 season was full of victories for Machado as she set new career highs of 9.975 at the Texas Women’s University Quad Meet on the uneven bars and 9.95 against Georgia on the floor. Against AuburnShe also won the championship title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.925.

Deciding to come back for a fifth year was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I have even more to give to this program and can’t wait to run it again in my senior year,” Machado said.

By Aurora