Nov. 22, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Alabama swimming and diving team got off to a solid start on day one of the Auburn Invitational, posting a number of season-best times.
Junior Kristel Vourna posted the Tide's best time of the season in the 50 freestyle as the leadoff of the 200 freestyle, touching the wall with a 23.55. Vourna combined with senior Stephanie Kinsey and sophomores Justine Panian and Emma Saunders to take sixth place in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:33.47.
Senior Paige McCleary took first in the consolation finals of the 1-meter board, and ninth overall, totaling 286.30 points in finals.
The 200 freestyle relay squad of sophomore Brett Walsh, seniors Vlad Caciuc and BJ Hornikel and freshman Alex Gray combined to post a 1:21.64 and take fifth place overall. Walsh turned Alabama's fastest time of the season in the 50 freestyle, with a 20.41 in prelims.
Freshman Brent Sagert turned in the Tide's top individual finish of the day, scoring 344.60 points off the 3-meter board, good for sixth place. Sophomore Brian Westlake clocked a season-best 4:27.32 in the 500 freestyle, taking 10th place overall.
The Tide returns to action with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke as well as the women's 3-meter and the men's 1-meter diving events.