Nov. 4, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. -
The Alabama Swimming and Diving teams posted an outstanding showing throughout their meet with LSU, coming up just short on the men's side after sophomore Alex Coci's winning 100 backstroke finish was wiped out after the race for a start that was deemed illegal.
"It was a hard way to lose the meet," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "It was such a great competition, but that's the way it goes sometimes. We still had a lot of great swims on both the men's and the women's side, setting a couple of pool records and posting a few swims that are in our all-time top-10."
The Alabama men lost by just two points, 151-149, after the 18 point swing in the 100 backstroke, while the women fell 175.50-124.5.
Coci's 100 backstroke points may have been wiped out, but he was unstoppable in his other two events. He dominated the field in the 100 butterfly, touching first by nearly a second, with a 48.75, and then he came back moments later, in the very next race, to win the 200 IM with a 1:50.01, more than three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Sophomore BJ Hornikel remains undefeated for his career in the 100 freestyle dual meet races, winning with a 44.77. Alabama went one-two-three in the 200 freestyle with junior Brandon Lowe leading the charge with a 1:40.32. Senior Joe Ziegler won the 200 backstroke with a 1:47.46, more than two and a half seconds ahead of the field.
Freshman Tito Ebersole won both the 1 and 3-meter diving events, taking first off the 1-meter with a 375.15, nearly 50 points better than second place, while out-pointing the second-place finisher in the 3-meter by 10 points with a 384.83.
Freshman Kaylin Burchell once again proved that she is a force to be reckoned with, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes as well as the 200 individual medley with times that rank in the top-10 nationally.
She and sophomore Alex Popa both bettered the pool record in the 100 breaststroke, with Burchell burying the mark to 1:01.31. Burchell and Popa also went one-two in the 200 breaststroke with the rookie touching at 2:12.92, setting yet another LSU Natatorium record. Burchell won the 200 IM with a 2:01.90.
Sophomore Lauren Piper won the 100 backstroke by a second with a 56.15, as well as the 200 backstroke, where she out-touched LSU's Jana Ruimerman by four-hundredths of a second. Sophomore Kristel Vourna won the 100 butterfly by more than a second with a time of 55.20.