Swimming and Diving Splits With FSU



Oct. 12, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving women's swimming and diving team opened its 2013-14 home schedule with its second win of the season, beating Florida State 167-133, while the men fell to the Seminoles 179-121.

"Going into today, on paper, FSU had the edge on both sides of the meet," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "With the women, it was about even, with FSU a little ahead and on the men's side, the way it looked based on what both teams had done to this point, they doubled us up in points. But we fought hard throughout the meet and came away with the win for the women and very competitive meet for the men."

Junior Kaylin Burchell led the way for the Crimson Tide women, winning three events, the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Burchell dominated the field in all three events. In the 100 and 200 breaststroke she posted times of 1:01.82 and 2:15.70, respectively, while touching the wall with a 2:03.77 in the 200 IM.

Senior Stephanie Kinsey won the 100 and 200 backstroke with times of 55.60 and 2:03.06, respectively. Freshman Leah Bird dominated the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.76, three seconds ahead of the field. Junior Kristel Vourna and sophomore Emma Saunders each picked up an individual victory to round out the Tide's winning ways. Vourna won the 100 butterfly with a 55.19 while Saunders posted a 1:49.62 to win the 200 freestyle.

Alabama women opened the meet against the Seminoles by winning the 200 medley relay. Vourna, Gilbert, Bird and Saunders combined for a time of 1:41.52.

The Tide women finished off the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay when Vourna, Gilbert, sophomore Justine Panian and Saunders combined for a come from behind win with a 3:25.33. Saunders went into the water a half-second behind FSU's A relay and touched the wall more than three-quarters of a second ahead, eliciting a huge reaction from the Tide fans.

On the men's side of the meet, sophomore distance ace Brian Westlake secured the first individual win of the day with first-place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:45.61. Westlake came back later in the meet led from start to finish in the 500 freestyle, winning it with a time of 4:28.68.

Freshman Anton McKee won the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 54.67 and 1:57.98, respectively. Senior BJ Hornikel contributed a win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.76.

Despite the meet being out of reach, the Tide men continued to battle down to the last event. During that event, the 400 freestyle relay, Hornikel blasted a 43.76 anchor leg as his teammates and the fans on the pool deck raised a deafening roar. The All-American made up more than a second on FSU's A relay and pulled the Tide within 2/10ths of a second of catching the Seminoles.

"The men never let up, even when the meet was decided," Pursley said. "They just kept competing and working at it, which is exactly what we want as we go forward."

Alabama returns to action next month, traveling to Gainesville Fla., November 7 to take on the Florida Gators at 7:00 p.m. ET.