Jan. 27, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama swimming and diving teams close out their regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. CST against Southeastern Conference foe Georgia at the Alabama Aquatic Center.
It will also be Senior Day for the Crimson Tide as 10 swimmers and divers compete for the final time in the Don Gambril Olympic Pool. On the women's side of the roster Kara Feeney, Caitlyn Harrison, Shelby Hixon, Ida Persson and Suzanne Schwee will be honored prior to the meet. Oliver Basse, Gilles Gutnecht, Andrew Reeves, Kyle Weeks and Joe Ziegler will step up on the aquatic center's blocks for the last time for the men.
Persson, Schwee and Ziegler have all competed at the NCAA Championships and all three hold school records, both as individuals and as part of relays. This year's class has also excels in the classroom, with nine earning a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during their careers, led by Kyle Weeks who earned a place on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American at-Large Team as a junior.
"This is a great class and they've accomplished a lot during the careers here," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "And while we're honoring them on Saturday, they are far from done with the SEC and NCAA Championships still to come."
Alabama comes into its final dual meet after beating the Kentucky Wildcats on both the men and women's side of the meet two weeks ago. The challenge is even great this week.
"Georgia has a very good team," McIlquham said. "It's going to be a great competition throughout and we're going to get up there and race. This meet is another step toward the championship season and a chance for us to put ourselves in a good position going into SECs."
The meet is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. and admission is free.