Swimming and Diving Sweeps Emory on Senior Day



Jan. 25, 2014

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned easy victories over Emory on Senior Day in the Alabama Aquatic Center Saturday, with the Crimson Tide men winning 15 of 16 events while the UA women won 13 of 16 events on the day.

Alabama's women won their meet 178-110 while the men won 196-92. In addition to being Senior Day, Saturday was also the Tide's Power of Pink meet, which is part of the Alabama Athletics Department's breast cancer awareness initiative.

On the women's side of things, senior Paige McCleary went out without a splash, closing out her home career by breaking both the school record off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. She scored 377.70 to break Carrie Dragland's 2012 3-meter mark and she posted a 325.88 to break Lane Bassham's 2004 record.

Senior Katie Schroeder won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:06.38 while junior Kaylin Burchell posted a 4:24.81 to win the 400 individual medley.

Junior Kristel Vourna showed some range by winning the 200 freestyle with a 1:51.72 while distance ace Bonnie Macdonald showed some speed, winning the 100 butterfly with a 57.66. Sophomore Emma Saunders took first in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes with times of 55.89 and 2:00.33, respectively. Sophomore Justine Panian won the 50 freestyle after posting a 23.95.

Freshman Leah Bird won the 500 freestyle with a 5:04.36 while sophomore Stephanie Klotz won the 200 breaststroke after posting a 2:18.03.

The Tide women opened the meet with sophomore Michele Rielly, freshman Bridget Blood, Bird and Panian combining to win the 400 medley relay while Vourna, Panian, freshman Bailey Scott and Saunders came together to post the top time in the 400 freestyle relay.

On the men's side of the meet, senior Cameron Conners won the 100 breaststroke with a 55.95 while classmate Hunter Hinson won the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:51.65

Freshman Anton McKee won the 1,000 freestyle (9:21.99) as well as the 500 freestyle (4:32.10). Freshman Kristian Gkolomeev, swimming in only his second meet for the Crimson Tide after arriving on campus at the start of the spring semester, won his second 50 freestyle title with a time of 20.33.

Freshman Brent Sagert scored victories off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with scores of 336.90 and 380.10, respectively.

Sophomore Crews Wellford won the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 46.13 and 1:40.54, respectively. Freshman Szymmy Day won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:02.25, while freshman Alex Gray won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.55. Freshman Connor Oslin won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.61 while junior Ian Decker touched the wall at 4:00.35 in the 400 individual medley.

Alabama's men opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay when Oslin, McKee, sophomore Brett Walsh and senior BJ Hornikel combined for a time of 3:13.99 and closed the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relays when Walsh, Hornikel, senior Vlad Caciuc and Gkolomeev touched the wall with a 2:56.21.

Alabama closes out the regular season in Athens, Ga., site of the 2014 SEC Championships, against Georgia on Saturday, at 11 a.m. ET.