Nov. 23, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
Junior Kristel Vourna grabbed Alabama swimming and diving's first individual win of the weekend on day two of the Auburn Invitational, earning top honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.14.
Vourna, who was seeded seventh after the preliminaries, shaved more than a second off the 54.60 she swam in the morning session. Her time, a season-best for the 20012 Olympian who redshirted last season, ranks her third in the nation among times posted coming into the weekend.
Senior Paige McCleary took third off the 3-meter board, tallying 330.10 points after earning 342.15 took take first coming out of prelims.
In the 100 breaststroke, junior Kaylin Burchell shaved nearly two seconds off her prelims time to go from eighth place after the morning to fourth in finals with a season-best 1:01.35 in a tightly packed race that saw six swimmers go under 1:02, which ranks them all in the top-12 nationally among times coming into the weekend.
The 200 medley relay of senior Stephanie Kinsey, Burchell, Vourna and sophomore Justine Panian, combined to touch the wall at 1:39.18 and take third place overall. Kinsey went on to take eighth in the 100 backstroke with a season-best 55.16.
The Tide men took fourth in the 200 medley relay when freshmen Connor Oslin and Anton McKee combined with sophomore Brett Walsh and senior BJ Hornikel to post a 1:27.48.
McKee took fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a season-best 54.06. Already ranked in the top-10 nationally coming into this weekend, McKee shaved a half second off his previous best in a star studded field that includes 12 swimmers ranked in the top-25 nationally.
Freshman diver Brent Sagert took seventh off the 1-meter board with a score of 311.55 in finals after scoring 298.78 in prelims.
Alabama, competing against Auburn, Georgia and Florida State in the invitational, closes out the invitational on Sunday with the 100 and 1650 freestyles, 200 breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke, the 400 freestyle relays and the men's and women's platform diving events.