Swimming and Diving hosts conference foes Arkansas and Kentucky Saturday



Jan. 10, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host their first and meet of the New Year this Saturday (Jan. 11). The Crimson Tide men will face the Kentucky Wildcats, while the UA women will face Kentucky and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"On paper, we are pretty evenly matched," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "We feel like we are one of the most improved teams in the conference this year on paper, but so is Kentucky and probably Arkansas as well on the women's side."

The meet will begin at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Aquatic Center as the Crimson Tide looks to develop consistency for the remainder of the season.

"Hopefully we have learned from the experiences this year, and this will be the first step towards establishing the consistency that we've been looking for," Pursley said.

On the men's side of action, both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events should shape up as an interesting competition. The Tide will look to freshman Brent Sagert, who has had a strong start to his Alabama career, against Kentucky All-American Greg Ferrucci.

In the 100 and 200 breaststroke races, Alabama will look to a pair of freshmen, Anton McKee, who ranks in the top 10 of the SEC in both events, and Pavel Romanov to lead the way. Kentucky will counter with junior George Greenhalgh in both events.

The women's 100 and 200 butterfly events should be among the most exciting races of the meet. Looking to lead the Tide will be redshirt junior Kristel Vourna and freshman Leah Bird. The competition promises to be stout with Kentucky's Tina Bechtel and Abby Myers both top-15 times in both events in the SEC. Further deepening the butterfly field will be Arkansas junior Susanna White.

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