Jan. 29, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving teams close out their regular season Saturday in Athens, Ga., when they face off against Southeastern Conference foes Georgia and South Carolina starting at 1 p.m. ET at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
"This is a good way for us to finish off the regular season," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. "Not only are we facing off against quality opponents in Georgia and South Carolina, but we are competing in the same pool that will host the SEC Championships in less than a month. It will be good experience for us."
Georgia's women are ranked No. 1 in the nation while Alabama is 31st. On the men's side the Bulldogs are 12th, the Crimson Tide is 20th and the Gamecocks are 36th.
On the women's side of the meet senior Agustina de Giovanni, the SEC's second ranked 100 breaststroker will face off against Michelle McKeehan and Kelly McNichols who are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. De Giovanni is also second in the 200 breaststroke while McKeehan is fifth.
There should also be a battle on the boards where sophomore Carrie Dragland is ranked third off the one-meter board and Georgia's Hannah Moore is ranked sixth. Off the three-meter, Moore is second and Dragland is fourth.
For the men, the battle will come in the long events where Tide senior Mark Randall is ranked first in the 500 and 1650 freestyle while teammate Catalin Cosma, a junior, is ranked fifth in the 500 and fourth in the 1650. For Georgia, Troyden Prinsloo is ranked fourth in the 500 while Andrew Gemmell is ranked second in the 1650 and Prinsloo is third.
The breaststrokes should also be an exciting on the men's side where in the 200 breaststroke, UA senior Riley Boulden (who is ranked first in the 100 breaststroke) is ranked second while Georgia's Bill Cregar is fourth and Armin Hornikel of South Carolina is fifth.