The Alabama swimming and diving teams are in Blacksburg, Virginia this week to compete in the H2Okie Fall Invitational at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Competition starts Thursday and runs through Saturday.
In addition to downing the LSU men, the Crimson Tide continues to close the gap on Auburn, winning 10 races against the Tigers
Alabama Highlights: 2014 - Summer: Finished seventh in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2014 European Championships with a time of 21.96 to set the school long course meters record ... also turned in a 16th place performance in the 100-meter freestyle at the 2014 European Championships with a time 49.49.
2014 - Freshman: Won the NCAA championship and earned All-American honors in 50 freestyle after lowering his own school-record with a time of 18.95 ... first Alabama swimmer to win the NCAA 50 freestyle title and the first to go under 19 seconds in the 50 ... earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 100 freestyle after a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships while swimming a career-best time of 42.47 in the prelims to move into second all-time at Alabama ... All-American in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays after posting top-eight finishes in both at the NCAA Championships ... part of the Tide's 200 medley relay that set a school record at the NCAA Championships with a 1:24.47 ... posted a fourth place finish at the SEC Championships in the 50 freestyle while breaking the Alabama school record with a time of 19.23 ... finished seventh at the SEC Championships in the 100 freestyle ... scored in the 100 butterfly at the SEC Championships, taking 23rd place with a time of 47.77 to rank seventh all-time at Alabama ... part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays that posted school records at the SEC Championships, both shaving more than two and a half seconds off the previous marks ... Second Team All-SEC ... joined the Tide for the spring semester and went undefeated 50 freestyle during the regular season ... won his lone regular-season attempt in the 100 freestyle against Georgia.
Prep Highlights: Competed for Greece in the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he placed 31st in the 100-meter freestyle ... placed 24th in the 50m freestyle at the 15th FINA World Championships with a time of 22.62, making him the second-youngest swimmer to finish in the top 25 of the event ... placed fourth in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 European Championships with a time of 22.22.
Personal Information: Full name: Kristian Gkolomeev ... son of Kristina and Tsvetan Gkolomeev ... brothers, Nikola and Ivan ... human performance exercise science major ... born July 4, 1993.
Top Times: 50 freestyle 18.95 SR 100 freestyle 42.47 100 butterfly 47.77