Swimming and Diving adds 2012 Olympian Kristian Gkolomeev for Spring Semester

Jan. 10, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's swimming and diving team has added 2012 Olympian Kristian Gkolomeev to its roster head coach Dennis Pursley announced this week. Gkolomeev is slated to make his debut this weekend as the Tide men square off against Kentucky.

"He has the potential to really be a difference maker for us so we are very excited to have him on board, and we feel like he, along with his teammates, can help us get to this next level," Pursley said.

Gkolomeev joins the Crimson Tide from Athens, Greece where he was a member of the Greek national team. He competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he placed 31st in the 100-meter freestyle. At the 15th FINA World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, Gkolomeev placed 24th in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.62, making him the second youngest swimmer to finish in the top 25 of the event.

Due to weather delays in the northeast, Gkolomeev spent more than two days traveling to Tuscaloosa, finally arriving on Wednesday, giving him less than three days to acclimate before taking the blocks against Kentucky on Saturday.

"I'm sure he's a little bit tired at this point," Pursley said. "But he seems to be in good spirits and we are happy to have him on board. We will give him a chance to see where he is on the weekend."

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