The 30 summer graduates will join the 104 Tide student-athletes who graduated following with the fall and spring semesters, pushing the athletics department's graduation tally at 134 for the 2012-13 academic year
Sophomore BJ Hornikel posted his second SEC Championships runner-up finish in as many days, earning a silver medal in the 100 freestyle with a career-best time of 42.98, just 24 hours after taking second in the 200 freestyle
Sophomore BJ Hornikel posts a career-best 1:34.81 in the 200 freestyle to take second at the SEC Championships Friday night; the women's 400 medley relay shattered the school record by more than two seconds
The championships are being held in the Allen Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus and get underway Wednesday, Feb. 15
Alabama Highlights: 2011 - Junior: Scored in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships, finishing 13th, 9th and 14th respectively ... bettered his own school record in the 200 backstroke, shaving nearly a second off his previous best, touching the wall at 1:43.84 at the SEC Championships ... posted a career-best 48.19 in the 100 backstroke at the SEC Championships, which ranks him third all-time at Alabama ... anchored Alabama's school-record setting 400 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships ... turned in Alabama's top time of the season in the 100 and 200 backstrokes as well as the 200 freestyle ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2010 - Sophomore: Scored in the 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, taking 11th place ... also swam the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships ... turned in Alabama's top 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle times of the season ... turned in a career-best 49.17 in the 100 backstroke at the UT Invite, which ranks him seventh all-time for the Crimson Tide ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) honors for the spring semester ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... earned CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American honors.
2009 - Summer: Finaled in the 200m backstroke at the USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials.
2009 - Freshman: Member of the school record setting 800 freestyle relay, which broke the previous mark set in 1983 ... competed in the 200 and 500 freestyles and 200 backstroke at the NCAA Championships ... posted a career-best time of 44.33 in the 100 freestyle as the leadoff of the Tide's 400 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships ... scored in the 200 and 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships, taking 13th and 10th, respectively with career-best times of 1:36.31 and 4:17.23 ... in addition to being ranked first all-time at Alabama in the 200 backstroke, he is ranked fourth in the 200 and 500 freestyles ... earned the Arne Borgstrom Most Valuable Newcomer award.
Prep Highlights: Member of the USA National Junior Team, 2006-08 ... qualified for the USA FINA Youth World Championship Team in 2006 and 2008 ... qualified for the 2005-06 National Junior Team ... as part of the U.S. National Junior Team competed at the 2008 Victorian Championships in Melbourne, Australia, winning gold in the 800m freestyle relay and silver in the 400m freestyle relay ... also a member of the U.S. Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team winning silver in the 800m freestyle relay ... swam for Julia Lawson at Leon High School ... swam for Terry Maul at Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club ... won five individual and two relay Florida State High School titles and posted four state runner-up finishes ... 2007 Florida Pinch-A-Penny Swimmer of the Year ... 2007 Florida Dairy Farmer's Swimmer of the Year ... three-time Big Bend Swimmer of the Year ... holds eight high school records ... four-time team MVP ... competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 400m freestyle and the 200m backstroke ... Club Team Southern Zone Sectionals Champions ... past member of the Boy Scouts.
Personal Information: Full name: Joseph Albert Ziegler ... son of Roy and Ruth Ziegler ... has one brother, Stephen ... English/creative writing major ... born March, 10, 1990.