The Crimson Tide betters school records in the men's 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays, the women's 200 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay
Alabama Highlights: 2016 - Junior: Finaled at the home meet against Georgia Tech in the 500 freestyle, taking top honors … scored in the 200 butterfly against Georgia Tech, taking second … also competed in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay against Georgia Tech … scored at the long course home meet against Tennessee in the 200-meter butterfly and 400m freestyle relay, taking fourth in both … also competed in the 50m butterfly, 400m medley relay, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly … finaled at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in the 100 and 200 butterfly, taking tenth and eighth, respectively … also competed in the 50 freestyle, 400 and 200 medley relays, and 800 freestyle relay at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … scored at South Carolina in the 400 medley relay and the 100 and 200 butterfly, taking fifth in all three events … scored in the 200 butterfly and 200 medley relay at home meet against Auburn, taking fourth and fifth, respectively … also competed in the 100 butterfly against Auburn … scored at the opening meet at Delta State University in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay, taking second in both, and 400 medley relay and 200 butterfly, taking fourth and third, respectively.
2015 - Sophomore: Posted career-best times in the 500 freestyle (4:58.38) and 100 butterfly (54.86) at the SEC Championships … finaled as part of the Tide’s school-record setting 800 freestyle relay at the SEC Championship, taking eight place … also competed in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2014 - Freshman: Competed in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships … second all-time at Alabama in the 200 butterfly after posting a time of 1:57.66 at the Auburn Invitational … picked up three victories in the 200 butterfly and one win in the 500 freestyle during the regular season … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Prep Highlights: Swam for Tim Raven and Shane Arnold at Hunter Swim Club … won gold at the 2010 Australian Age Nationals in 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100m butterfly … semi-finalist in the 100m butterfly and placed fifth in the 200m butterfly at the 2011 Australian Open … took home silver medals in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, and 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2011 Australian Age Group Nationals … member of the 2011 NSW US Touring Team … raced in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly and placed eighth in the 200m butterfly finals at the 2012 Australian Olympic Trials … won bronze at the 2012 Australian Age Group Nationals in the 200m butterfly … placed seventh in the finals of the 200m butterfly at the 2013 Australian Open … NSW champion in the 4x50m freestyle relay in 2006, 2007, and 2008 … NSW champion in the 2010 100m fly, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke … set record in the 2011 100m butterfly, becoming an NSW champion.
Personal Information: Full name: Leah Catherine Bird ... daughter of Elizabeth and Stephen Bird … sisters, Nicola and Jacqueline … human performance graduate studies … born October 26, 1993.