Jan. 29, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Alabama swimming and diving teams closed out their regular seasons at Columbia, S.C., Saturday with both the men and women falling to Georgia and host team South Carolina.
Alabama's women mounted a furious comeback against South Carolina, getting the meet down to the last relay where they came up just short. Alabama's men also kept their meet against USC close only to fall at the end.
"It was a good, tough meet," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "The men had some great races and the women kept scrapping all the way through, coming back and getting it down to the last relay."
The No. 16 ranked Crimson Tide men fell to No. 9 Georgia, 177.5-120.5 and No. 22 South Carolina, 160-140. The Tide women fell to the No. 2 ranked Lady Bulldogs 191-107 and the Gamecocks 158-142. The losses snapped the UA men's season-long win streak, dropping them to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in Southeastern Conference competition, while the UA women fell to 0-9 and 0-7 in the SEC.
"The upside is that we have another shot at both of these teams in a couple of weeks at the SEC Championships," McIlquham said. "Now we'll get home, focus in on a few details, get over some illness and get ready for SECs and NCAAs."
Freshman BJ Hornikel finished off his first regular season by going undefeated in the 100 freestyle, posting a 45.21 to beat Georgia's Michael Arnold by seven hundredths of a second. Junior Joe Ziegler finished his season off by going undefeated in the 200 backstroke in regular season competition, posting a 1:48.93 on Saturday.
Freshman Alex Coci and sophomore Anestis Arampatzis went one-two in the 100 butterfly, posting a 49.37 and 49.53, respectively while senior Adam Booher won the 1-meter diving competition after scoring a 356.20.
Freshman Kristel Vourna won both her individual races on the day to give her seven wins in her last eight races since the start of 2011. She won the 50 freestyle with a 23.58 and the 100 butterfly with a 54.61.
Freshman Lauren Piper took first in the 200 backstroke with a 1:59.09 while junior Suzanne Schwee won the 200 butterfly with a 2:03.55 out-touching UGA's Wendy Trott.
The SEC Championships, held in Gainesville, Fla., this year, gets started with the diving portion of the meet on Feb. 11 while swimming gets going on Feb. 16.