Dec. 3, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - The University of Alabama put two swimmers, junior Anestis Arampatzis and sophomore Alex Coci, in the championship final of the 200-meter butterfly on the final day of the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, being held in the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga., this week.
Arampatzis took fourth with a time of 2:00.04 while Coci was fifth at 2:01.16. It marked Coci's second top-5 finish of the weekend, after taking third in the 100m butterfly on Friday. Arampatzis was the second seed going into finals after turning in a 1:59.31 during preliminaries while Coci touched at 2:00.03 and was the fourth seed.
In other action on the championship's final day, sophomore Bjoern Hornikel was sixth in the B-final of the 100m freestyle, touching the wall at 50.19 and taking 16th overall. Junior Reese Shireyfinished seventh in the C-final of the 200m backstroke and 27th overall, with a time of 2:05.46 after posting a 2:05.28 in prelims.
In nearby Athens, Ga., the Tide divers are taking part in the Georgia Invitational. Sophomore Callan Buck took fifth in the finals of the 3-meter board after scoring 284.15 points. On the men’s side of the meet, freshman Tito Ebersole was fourth off the 1-meter board with 311.65 points.
Alabama’s swimmers return to campus to prep for exams over the next few weeks before departing for winter training while the divers finish up to at the Georgia Invitational on Sunday.