Feb. 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The Alabama swimming and diving teams continued to shatter records on day four of the Southeastern Conference Championships, being held on the University of Georgia campus this week, sometimes lowering the same mark several times during the day.
Overall, Alabama has broken school records in 13 different events at these championships, with a pair of records changing hands twice on Friday.
The Crimson Tide closed the night by breaking both the men's and women's school records in the 400 medley relay. The women's squad of senior Stephanie Kinsey, junior Kaylin Burchell, junior Kristel Vourna and sophomore Emma Saunderscombined to post a 3:35.62 to finish sixth and better the previous mark set in 2012.
The Tide men shaved an incredible five seconds off the old 400 medley relay record which was set in 2007, going 3:06.42 behind big swims from freshmen Connor Oslin and Anton Mckee along with sophomore Brett Walsh and senior BJ Hornikel, to take fourth place.
Mckee also shattered the school 100 breaststroke record in finals, touching the wall at 51.70 to take second place, bettering the previous school mark by more than a half second. Freshman Pavel Romanov won the B-final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.23, taking ninth overall while senior Cameron Connerswas 15th with a time of 54.34.
The Tide women also came away with big points in the 100 breaststroke. Burchell grabbed third place in the 100 breaststroke with a school-record 59.17 in the championship finals. Burchell orginally broke the school record in prelims, posting a 59.23 to better the mark set by freshman Bridget Blood just two heats earlier. Blood's mark of 59.97 made her the first UA swimmer under a minute in the 100 breaststroke. Blood took eighth in finals with a 1:00.42. Sophomores Morgan Presley and Stephanie Klotz also scored in the 100 breaststroke, taking 19th and 23rd respecitvley with times of 1:01.56 and 1:02.47.
Oslin broke the school 100 backstroke record in prelims with a time of 46.83, becoming the first UA swimmer under 47-seconds, before coming back in finals, lowering his own school mark to 46.77 to take sixth place overall.
After freshman Caroline Korst broke the women's school 100 backstroke record in prelims with a 53.70, senior Stephanie Kinseycame back in finals and broke it again, setting it at 53.78. Kinsey took 11th last season while Korst was 15th.
Junior Emily Facchineand Vourna both scored in the 200 butterfly after touching the wall in career-best times, with Facchine turning in a 1:59.42 to take 18th while Vourna posted a 1:59.61 to take 20th. Facchine is now fifth and Vourna is sixth all-time at Alabama.
Senior Hunter Hinson took 19th in the men's 200 butterfly with a career-best 1:48.58, which ranks him fifth all-time. On the platform, freshman Brent Sagert took 20th with a score 252.70 while junior Hunter Smithwas 21st after tallying 242.75 points.
Alabama finishes off the championships on Saturday with the 1650 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke as well as the women's platform diving event. For all the latest information on the Alabama swimming and diving teams, follow AlabamaSwimDive on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.