Swimming and Diving Men Close Regular Season With Win Over South Carolina
Feb. 2, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's swimming and diving team closed out its regular season with a 157-143 win over South Carolina while falling to Georgia in a double-dual meet Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide women fell to the Gamecocks, 156-144, in a meet that went down to the last event and lost to Georgia, 219-79.
"We had a solid meet," UA head coach Dennis Pursleysaid. "We're not where we want to be yet, but we took some steps forward today. From top to bottom, this was our best meet of the season, but we have to keep improving and moving ahead."
For the Tide men and women, the meets against South Carolina were both down-to-the-wire, with each race hotly contested.
"Against South Carolina, we really focused on pulling out the tight races, and we did that time again today," Pursley said. "We did a good job with our finishes and getting our hand on the wall first. We also did a good job in terms of our attitude and team spirit. Again, we're not where we want to be, but we're getting closer."
Junior BJ Hornikel led the Tide men, winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.98. Senior Peter Hillyer took second off the 1-meter board with a score of 281.95 while sophomore Hunter Smith was second off the 3-meter board with a score of 328.80. Freshman Brett Walshtook second in the 50 freestyle with a 20.83.
Senior Jenna Gallo led the Tide women with a runner-up finish in the 1,000 freestyle with times of 10:10.19. Junior Paige McCleary was second off both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards with scores of 289.80 and 322.85 respectively. Sophomore Kaylin Burchellwas second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.64.
It was senior day at the Don Gambril Aquatic Center. Gallo, Hillyer and fellow seniors Anestis Arampatzis, John Ellis, Hillary Hahmann, Brandon Lowe, Jake Reynolds and Reese Shireywere honored prior to the competition. The women's team also raced in pink suits in support of the Tuscaloosa Toyota sponsored Alabama Athletics Power of Pink initiative, which raises awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
Up next for the Crimson Tide will be the Southeastern Conference Championships in College Station, Texas on the Texas A&M campus Feb. 19-22.