Jan. 27, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
As the Alabama Swimming and Diving teams enter the final week of the regular season, the Crimson Tide's rookies have made an immediate impact on Alabama's fortunes.
On the women's side of the slate, the Tide's newest member, Emma Saunders, who joined the team for the spring semester, made her presences felt immediately, winning the 100 and 200 freestyle against Missouri. She also leads Alabama in those two events with times of 52.03 and 1:51.19 respectively.
Freshman Justine Panian holds the Tide's top spot in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.88, giving rookies the top time in the shortest three freestyle events. Newcomer Michele Rielly holds the Tide's top time in the 200 backstroke with a 2:04.31.
For the men, rookie distance ace Brian Westlake has won more than his share of races this season and holds the Tide's top times in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle, after touching the wall at 4:24.92, 9:18.97 and 15:21.50, respectively.
On the sprint side of things, freshman Brett Walsh leads the men in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, with times of 20.44 and 49.68. Rookie Crews Wellford checks in with Alabama's top time in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:04.61.
Alabama finishes out the regular season this Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Alabama Aquatic Center against South Carolina and Georgia. Head coach Dennis Pursley and company will be honoring the Tide's seniors in a ceremony prior to the tri-meet. Admission is free.