A career best national finish by senior Crystal Rasmussen has Alabama in the top-25 on day one of the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships being held in Athens, Ga. this week.
“Crystal got us off to a great start today,” Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. “She really came into her own over the last half of the season and is primed to finish off her collegiate career in style.”
Rasmussen, who has scored at the NCAA Championships each of the past two years, grabbed a spot in the one-meter diving finals during prelims and then, with a score of 303.90, she took seventh place overall. The Odessa, Fla. native’s previous best NCAA finish off the one-meter was 11th in 2004.
The 12 points her seventh place finish garnered puts Alabama in 21st place after day one. Arizona is first place, followed by Auburn and Georgia in second and third respectively.
Rasmussen was second off the one-meter at the NCAA Zone B Championships last week and fifth at the Southeastern Conference Championships last month. Friday she will compete off three-meter, where she finished second at the SEC Championships.
Senior Kathryn Hallquist also goes to work on Friday, competing in the 100 backstroke. Hallquist, who posted a career best 54.34 at this year’s SEC Championships, is closing in on the Alabama school record of 54.07 set in 1994 by Stacy Potter.