March 20, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama women's team is sending a pair of swimmers to the NCAA Championships which gets underway Thursday, March 21 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Senior Jenna Gallo and sophomore Kaylin Burchell will represent the Crimson Tide in one of the fastest fields in the world.
"Both Jenna and Kaylin are ranked in the top-25 in the nation in the specialties and our focus at the NCAA Championships is to get up and race," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "In everything we do, we just want to continue to compete and move forward."
Gallo will swim the 1650 freestyle after shattering the school record in that event at February's Southeastern Conference Championships while Burchell will swim the 100 and 200 breaststrokes after posting the second fastest time in school history at SECs in the 200.
Gallo swam career-best times in the 500 and 1650 freestyles at the SEC Championships, including a 16:13.56 in the 1650, which shaved nearly five seconds off the school record and more than 13 seconds off her previous best time.
Burchell will be making her second consecutive trip to the national championships. After posting a career-best 2:10.36 in the 200 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, she is now ranked second all-time for the Tide in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.