Sophomore Angely Martinez led Alabama on day four of the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships being held in Texas A&M Natatorium this week after taking eighth place in the platform diving event.
It is the Crimson Tide's highest finish of the meet so far
Alabama Highlights: 2012 - Junior: Scored in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, taking seventh place with a career-best 1:45.43, which ranks him second all-time at Alabama ... also swam the 100 backstroke and 200 IM at the SEC Championships ... earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-American ... named to the President's List (4.0 grade point average) for the fall semester ... named to the Dean's List (3.5 or better grade point average) for the spring semester.
2011 - Sophomore: Scored in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, taking 15th place, touching the wall with a career-best 1:46.31, dropping more than two seconds off his previous best ... also competed in the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM at the SEC Championships ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... named to the Dean's List (3.5 or better grade point average) for the fall semester.
2010 - Freshman: Competed in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 50 freestyle at the SEC Championships ... posted a career-best time in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, clocking a 1:48.44 ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) honors for the spring semester ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Prep Highlights: Coached by Dan Flack at the Baylor School ... All-American ... NISCA national high school record holder in the 50-meter short course freestyle and 100m short course backstroke ... competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials ... USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... qualified to compete at the 2009 World Championship Trials ... led Baylor to the Independent Schools National Championships and the Tennessee State Championships in 2008 and 2009 ... NISCA national high school record holder as part of Baylor's 200m medley and 400m freestyle relays ... set the school record in the 100 yard backstroke.
Personal Information: Full name: Reese Olan Shirey ... son of David and Elizabeth Shirey ... brother, Austin Shirey, competed for the Tide from 2005-08 ... entrepreneurship major with a minor in creative writing ... born August 16, 1990.
Top Times: 200 backstroke 1:45.43 100 backstroke 49.66 200 IM 1:52.91 100 freestyle 46.42 50 freestyle 21.05