Feb. 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -
Alabama swimming and diving's last meet of the regular season was a coming out party for freshman Kristian Gkolomeev, who joined the Crimson Tide in January for the spring semester. Gkolomeev won both the 50 and 100 freestyles at Georgia in the first road meet of his Alabama career.
As a team, the Alabama men fell to the Bulldogs 164.5-116.5 while the Tide women lost 181-102 in Athena, Ga. during Georgia's Senior Day.
Gkolomeev posted a time of 20.02 to win the 50 freestyle, which ranks him sixth all-time at Alabama in the 50 just three meets into his Alabama career. His time was more than a quarter of a second faster than the rest of the field. The rookie from Athens, Greece then came back and won the 100 freestyle with a 45.08, again more than a quarter of a second ahead of the field.
With Gkolomeev's 50 time against Georgia, Alabama now has four men on its current roster that are ranked in the Tide's all-time top-10, including sophomore Brett Walsh (fifth/20.01) and seniors Vlad Caciuc (fourth/19.86) and BJ Hornikel (second/19.71).
The Tide men also picked up wins off the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events when freshman Brent Sagert posted a 341.48 off the 1-meter to finish more than a dozen points better than his nearest competitor before coming back and winning the 3-meter with a 345.90..
On the women's side of the meet, Alabama was led by junior Kristel Vourna who won the 100 butterfly with a 54.69.
With the regular season behind them, Alabama opens the postseason with the Southeastern Conference Championships Feb. 18-22 back in Athens, Ga.
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