March 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -
Alabama sprinter BJ Hornikel posted a top-25 finish in the 50 freestyle, up 20 spots from his finish in the same event a year ago, on the first day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships being held in Indianapolis, Ind., at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Hornikel touched the wall with a time of 19.72, just a hundredth of a second off his career-best set earlier this season during the Southeastern Conference Championships in February. His time put him 21st overall. He finished 41st in the same event at the national championships in 2012.
The junior will compete in the 200 freestyle on Friday, where he finished 22nd a year ago at the NCAA Championships. Hornikel was third in the 200 at the SEC Championships last month, clocking a career-best 1:34.67, more than a second faster than his time at the 2012 nationals.
Hornikel will also swim the 100 freestyle at these NCAA Championships, the same event he earned honorable mention All-American honors in as a sophomore. He is ranked second all-time at Alabama in all three sprint freestyle events. In the 100 and 200 freestyle, he ranks just behind Tide legend and four-time Olympic gold medalist Jon Olsen.