Swimming and Diving Falls to Gators in Gainesville



Nov. 7, 2013


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving teams battled all the way through their first Southeastern Conference competition of the season before falling to the Florida Gators in Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 17 Crimson Tide men lost to No. 1 Florida, 169-123, while the No. 25 ranked Alabama women's squad fell to No. 2 Florida, 179-113.

Freshman Anton McKee raced to first place finish in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall with a 1:58.71. He also took second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.04. Sophomore Brett Walsh also had a strong outing, winning the 100 butterfly with a 49.13 and taking second in the 50 freestyle with a 20.61.

Rookie diver Brent Sagert won the 1-meter diving event and was second off the 3-meter board with scores of 284.10 and 332.33, respectively. In addition to McKee, Walsh and Sagert, the Tide picked up four other runner-up finishes.

On the women side of the slate, freshman Leah Bird took first in 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.81. The Tide women also racked up 10 individual runner-up finishes on the day.

The Tide men and women return to action Nov. 22-24 at the Auburn Invitational. For the latest information on the Alabama swimming and diving follow @AlabamaSwimDive, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Also, general athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.