After taking 10th in 2015 and sixth tonight, the Crimson Tide has now posted back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time since taking eighth in both 1985 and 1986
Alabama Highlights: 2016 - Junior: Helped break the school record in the 200 medley relay posting the fastest relay split in school history over the last 50, going 18.00, to win the first NCAA relay title in program history … broke his school record in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Championships with a 41.52 … also broke school records as part of the 400 freestyle relay team (3:04.32) and the 200 medley relay team (1:22.28) … finaled in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay, taking third and earning first-team All-America honors in all three events … finaled at the SEC Championships as part of the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay, taking third in all four events as well as finaling in the 50 and 100 freestyle, taking fourth in both … also competed in the 100 butterfly at the SEC Championships … finaled at the home meet against Georgia Tech in the 50 freestyle and 200 medley relay, taking top honors … scored in the 100 freestyle against Georgia Tech, taking second … also competed in the 200 freestyle relay against Georgia Tech … finaled at the long course home meet against Tennessee in the 50-meter and 100m freestyle, 400m medley relay and 400m freestyle relay, taking top honors … also scored in the 50m butterfly against Tennessee, taking second … finaled at the 2015 AT&T Winter Championships in the 50m and 100m freestyle, taking ninth and seventh, respectively … finaled at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, taking top honors in the 200 medley relay, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay … scored in the 100 butterfly, taking 11th at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … finaled in the 50 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay at South Carolina, taking top honors … also scored in the 400 medley relay and 100 freestyle at South Carolina, taking second in both … finaled in the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay at the home meet against Auburn, taking top honors … scored in the 100 freestyle against Auburn, taking second.
2015 - Summer: Finished seventh in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2015 FINA World Championships … finished 20th in the 100m freestyle and 24th in the 50m butterfly and 14th as part of Greece’s 400m medley relay and 400m freestyle relay at the World Championships … broke the school long-course records in the 50m freestyle (19.88) and the 100m freestyle (49.12).
2015 - Sophomore: 2015 Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Year ... 2015 SEC Championships Swimmer of the Meet … won his second NCAA championship in 2015, taking top honors in the 100 freestyle with a school-record 41.56, becoming the first UA swimmer under 42 seconds … the Tide’s first NCAA 100 freestyle champion since Jonty Skinner won the Tide’s first national title in 1975 … finished second at the NCAA championships in the 50 freestyle and as part of the Tide’s 200 medley relay … swam legs on Alabama’s third place 400 medley and fourth place 200 freestyle relay … anchored the Tide’s 11th place 400 freestyle relay … earned First Team All-America honors in the 50 and 100 freestyle and as part of the 200 and 400 medley relays and 200 freestyle relay … earned honorable mention All-American honors as part of the 400 freestyle relay … won SEC titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles and was part of the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay … set a new SEC record as part of the 400 medley relay …shattered the school record in the 50 freestyle at the SEC Championships with a 18.64 … one of just four swimmers to go under 19 seconds in a flat-start 50 freestyle at the 2015 NCAA Championships, and the only one do so four times … collected seven of the 15 collegiate swims under 19 seconds in the 50 freestyle during the 2014-15 season, including four of the fastest five … his school-record 19.64 at the SEC Championships was the fastest collegiate 50 in the nation in 2014-15 … his school-record 41.58 to win the NCAA 100 freestyle title was the fastest collegiate 100 of the season, while his 41.68 to win the SEC 100 freestyle title was the second fastest of the season … posted the fastest 50 freestyle relay split at the NCAA Championships, going 18.24 to anchor the Tide’s runner-up 200 medley relay … his 40.94 anchor leg in the 400 medley relay was the relay split in the nation in 2014-15 … in addition to bettering the school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle multiple times in 2015, also swam legs on all five school-record relays during the season … first UA swimmer to earn SEC Swimmer of the Year honors since Arne Borgstrom in 1982 … undefeated in the 50 freestyle during the regular season and won all but one of his races in the 100 freestyle … also swam on 12 winning relays during the regular season.
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 … 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 in regular-season 50 freestyle races … 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 100m 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 18.64 SR 100 freestyle 41.52 SR 100 butterfly 46.63