Sophomore Alex Popa and freshman Kaylin Burchell both swam career-best times in the 200 IM
Alabama Highlights: 2011 - Freshman: Freshman All-SEC ... posted the league's top freshman finish at the SEC Championships in the 200 breaststroke ... finaled in the 200 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, taking a eighth place ... also scored in the 100 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, taking 12th place with a career-best 1:01.33, which ranks her fourth all-time at Alabama ... posted a career-best 2:11.97 in the 200 breaststroke at the Bulldog Invite, which ranks her third all time at Alabama, behind Olympians Anne Poleska and Agustina de Giovanni ranked fifth all time in the 200 IM at Alabama after posting a 2:01.35 at the SEC Championships ... joined the Crimson Tide for the spring semester ... turned in Alabama's top time of the season in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes ... earned CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American honors.
Prep Highlights: Coached by Angela Covic at Pitesti High School ... multiple age-group Romanian national champion.
Personal Information: Full name: Ioana Alexandra Popa ... daughter of Stelica and Viorel Popa ... pre-major studies ... born July 4, 1991.
Top Times: 100 breaststroke 1:01.33 200 breaststroke 2:11.97 200 IM 2:01.35