Jan. 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving teams came up short against the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday in the Crimson Tide's home and regular season finale. Alabama's men fell to the No. 10 ranked Bulldogs in a nail biter that came down to the last relay, 152-148, while the Tide women fell to No. 5 Georgia, 173-121.
"Our men took Georgia right down to the final relay," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We had to take first and third and we took first and fourth. On the women's side Georgia overwhelmed us, but on both sides we had some great individual performances which will help take us into the postseason."
The Crimson Tide honored its 10-member senior class prior to the meet and then senior Ida Persson anchored the women's opening 200 medley relay to a win while senior Joe Ziegler earned Alabama's first individual win on the men's side, taking first in the 100 backstroke with a 50.17. Ziegler also won the 200 backstroke with a 1:46.64 and anchored the Tide's winning 400 freestyle relay.
"This senior class has done a tremendous job," McIlquham said. "They hold nine school records between them and have an average grade point average of 3.8. I'm looking forward to seeing how they close out their careers in the championship season."
Sophomore Alex Coci also won three events, taking first in the 100 and 200 butterfly with times of 48.62 and 1:47.36 respectively, as well as leading off the 400 freestyle relay.
Sophomore BJ Hornikel kept his two-season long regular season win streak in the 100 freestyle alive, dominating the field with 44.66, more than a second head of his nearest competitor. Sophomore Devan Terry won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.63 while sophomore Jake Carloni posted the first win of his UA career after scoring 336.38 points off the 3-meter board.
On the women's side of the meet, the Tide divers swept the meet with sophomore Paige McCleary winning the 1-meter board and freshman Lisa Bogosian picking up the first win of her Tide career off the 3-meter board. McCleary scored a while Bogosian posted a 294.38
Freshman Kaylin Burchell continued her winning ways in the breaststroke events, taking first in the 200 with a time of 2:16.08, as well as swimming a leg on UA's winning 200 medley relay.
With the regular season behind it, Alabama opens up the postseason at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. , starting Feb. 15.