In his second year at the helm at Alabama, head coach Dennis Pursley continued his turnaround of the program as the Tide had both an SEC Champion and NCAA Champion for the first time since 2007
ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 - Freshman: At the NCAA Championships:Won the NCAA 50 Freestyle Championship in his first NCAA Championship appearance with a school record 18.95 ... first UA swimmer under 19 seconds in the 50 freestyle.
At the 2014 SEC Championships: Posted a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships in the 50 freestyle while setting the Alabama school record in a time of 19.23 ... finished seventh at the SEC Championships in the 100 freestyle ... led off the 400 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships in a career-best time of 42.78 which ranks third all-time at Alabama ... scored in the 100 butterfly at the SEC Championships with a time of 47.77 to rank seventh all-time at Alabama ... led off the school-record breaking 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the SEC Championships.
Regular Season: Joined the Tide for the spring semester and went undefeated in three 50 freestyle races ... won his lone 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 50-meter 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.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kristian Gkolomeev ... son of Tsvetan and Kristina Gkolomeev ... brothers, Nikola and Ivan ... pre-major studies ... born July 4, 1993.
TOP TIMES: 50 freestyle 18.95 SR 100 freestyle 42.47 100 butterfly 47.77