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
Alabama Highlights: 2013 - Junior: Won the 200 IM twice during the regular season ... earned a place on the Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2012 - Sophomore: Led off the Tide's school record setting 400 medley relay at the SEC Championships ... finaled in the 100 backstroke taking eighth place and scored in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships ... turned in Alabama's top time of the season in the 100 and 200 backstrokes.
2011 - Freshman: Scored in the 100 backstroke at the SEC Championships with a career-best 54.48 which is more than a second faster than her previous best, which ranks her fourth all-time for the Crimson Tide ... also competed in the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM at the SEC Championships ... shaved more than two seconds of her previous best in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall at 1:58.50 at the SEC Championships, which ranks her third all-time at Alabama ... turned in UA's top time of the season in the 100 and 200 backstrokes.
Prep Highlights: Coached by Fred Lewis at St. Petersburg Aquatics Swim Club ... earned USA Olympic Trial cut in the 200 IM ... earned USA Senior National cuts in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 IM ... 2006, 2007, 2008 Florida 3A State Champion Medley Relay ... four-year High School All-American ... finished second in the 200 IM at the 2007 high school state championships ... placed second in 100 backstroke and third on the 200 IM at 2008 high school state championships ... took second in the 100 backstroke at 2009 Florida high school state championships ... led Riverview to three consecutive Florida High School Class 3A State Championships ... set school records in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke ... team captain and MVP ... member of the Marine and Literacy Clubs, Student Government Association and Speech/Debate team ... International Baccalaureate student ... National Honor Society.
Personal Information: Full name: Lauren Clara Piper ... daughter of Patrick and Rene Piper ... brother, Jacob, sisters Halie, Jessica, Paige and Madison ... communication studies major ... born May 18, 1992.
Top Times: 100 backstroke 54.48 200 backstroke 1:58.50 200 IM 2:02.54