March 26, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
The Alabama men's swimming and diving team is in the 24th place after day one of the NCAA Championships being held in the Student Rec Center Natatorium on the Texas A&M campus.
"We're off to a solid start today, but we have to pick things up if we're going to reach our potential in terms of our team finish," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said.
Junior Mark Randall and sophomore Catalin Cosma both scored in the 500 freestyle, finishing 12th and 13th respectively. Randall touched the wall at 4:16.51 while Cosma clocked in at 4:17.81 in finals after turning in a 4:16.86 in prelims. Both men earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 500.
Freshman Joe Ziegler finished 35th in the preliminaries of the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:22.40. Junior Aaron Fleshner scored 298.20 points in the prelims of the one-meter diving event, which placed him 22nd overall.
Friday will be a busy day for the Crimson Tide. Randall, Ziegler and sophomore Denes Zubcsek are all slated to swim the 200 freestyle on the championship's second day. Zubcsek is also set to compete in the 100 butterfly and Fleshner off the three-meter board. The Tide's school-record holding 800 freestyle relay of Ziegler, Zubcsek, Cosma and senior Alin Mihalca will also see action on Friday.