Nov. 24, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Alabama swimming and diving teams closed its stint at the Auburn Invitational with a strong final day, highlighted by a pair of freshmen who put up times that rank them in Alabama's all-time top 10.
In the women's 200 butterfly, rookie Leah Bird took third overall, clocking a time of 1:57.66, which ranks her second all-time for the Tide, just .11 of a second off Suzanne Schwee's school record set in 2010.
In the men's 200 breaststroke, Anton McKee ripped off a 1:56.07, good for second place at the meet and third place all-time at Alabama, behind Olympian and two-time NCAA Champion Vlad Polyakov and Olympian Hunor Maté. Mckee's time ranks him third in the nation at this point in the season.
In the men's 200 butterfly, freshman Connor Oslin took seventh with a 1:49.69, the Tide's fastest time of the season so far. Senior Luke Zippi turned in a top-10 finish off the platform, scoring 319.15 points over six dives, taking ninth place.
In the women's 200 breaststroke, freshman Bridget Blood took eighth and junior Kaylin Burchell took 10th. In the coincidence department, three Alabama swimmers have posted a time of 2:16.57 in the 200 breaststroke this season, Blood in the prelims and Burchell in the finals of the Auburn Invitational and sophomore Stephanie Klotz posted the same time at Delta State to open the season.
In the women's platform event, senior Paige McCleary tallied 197.60 points over five dives to take eighth place while freshman Sarah Musselman was 10th with 180.00 points.