Junior BJ Hornikel took fourth place in the 100 freestyle, clocking a career-best 42.87, edging closer to Jon Olsen's 42.69 school record set in 1991
Alabama's new look starts at the top, with first-year head coach Dennis Pursley and extends through a staff that includes five new assistant coaches to go with two returners from a year ago
The Olympian and Crimson Tide All-American joins Dennis Pursley's staff
Olympian and Crimson Tide All-American Mike Davidson is in his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
"Mike is a great addition to our staff," head coach Dennis Pursley said. "Not only is he a tremendous coach who really understands the team dynamic that we're building at Alabama, but as a Crimson Tide All-American and member of the 1987 SEC Championship team, he appreciates the tradition of excellence that surrounds the University of Alabama and what a truly special place the Capstone is. Mike also knows firsthand what it means to be a world-class athlete on a championship team. He brings a strong work ethic to the deck and a burning desire to see Alabama once again competing for championship titles."
In addition to his on-deck coaching duties, Davidson serves as the program's alumni coordinator, helping keep the bond between the current team and its tradition-rich heritage strong.
Davidson, who earned a bachelor's degree from Alabama in 1989, returns to Tuscaloosa after five years as head coach of the High Tide Aquatic Club in Gainesville, Fla. Other coaching stops include head coach of Sub-4 Swimming and a stint as a New Zealand national team coach.
A distance ace and team captain for the Crimson Tide during the late 1980s, Davidson earned All-America honors in the mile and helped lead Alabama to the 1987 Southeastern Conference team title under the direction of legendary Alabama coach Don Gambril.
Before joining the Tide, Davidson swam for New Zealand at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where he posted top-16 finishes in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyles. He also earned a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He was inducted into New Zealand's Northland Sports Legends Hall of Fame in 2011.
Davidson is married to the former Jennifer Brothers, an All-America swimmer on Alabama's 1985 SEC championship team, the first Alabama women's team to win a conference team title, and a coach whose career includes the New Zealand national team among other stops.