April 8, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Following their best showing at the NCAA Championships in recent memory, the Alabama swimming and diving teams saw six men and two women earned All-American honors in 2014.
The six men who earned honors are the most since the 2007 squad produced six All-Americans. This season also marked the first time in four years that the Tide women have produced multiple All-American honorees.
For the men, freshman Kristian Gkolomeev made the most of his first trip to the NCAA Championships, winning the 50 freestyle with a school-record 18.95 and coming away with four All-American honors. Gkolomeev earned first team honors in the 50 freestyle as well as the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. He also picked up honorable mention All-American honors In the 100 freestyle.
Senior BJ Hornikel added four All-American honors to his resume in 2014, boosting his career total to seven. Hornikel was named First Team All-America in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 400 freestyle relay. He also earned honorable mention accolades in the 100 freestyle this season.
In his first trip to the NCAA Championships, freshman Anton McKee finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke to earn All-American honors and was an honorable mention All-American in the 100 breaststroke. McKee also earned All-American accolades after swimming the breaststroke legs of the 200 and 400 medley relays for a total of four honors.
Senior Vlad Caciuc and sophomore Brett Walsh both earned All-American as part of the 400 freestyle relay took fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Walsh and freshman Connor Oslin both earned a pair of All-American honors as part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Walsh swam the butterfly leg and Oslin swam the backstroke leg on both relays.
On the women's side of the slate, junior Kaylin Burchell earned All-American honors in the 100 breaststroke with a seventh place finish in her third career trip to the NCAA Championships while senior Paige McCleary closed out her career on a high note, earning honorable mention honors off the 1-meter board.