June 6, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - The 2014 Alabama men's swimming and diving team has been named the "Break-Out Team" of the year by the College Swimming & Diving Honors program it was announced this week.
"As a team, we are very proud of this honor," UA head coach Dennis Pursleysaid. "The progress we enjoyed this year was truly the result of a team effort from both staff and athletes who fully embraced the culture of excellence we are building here at Alabama."
The award went to a Crimson Tide men's squad that smashed 12 school records, including all five relay marks in 2014. This season's round of record smashing came in just the second year of Pursley's tenure as the Tide's head coach and was just part of a larger surge focused on returning Alabama to the nation's elite.
As a team, the Tide's men jumped six spots at the Southeastern Conference Championships, taking fourth, its highest finish since 1995. The men also climbed 16 spots at the NCAA Championships, the biggest leap in the nation between 2013 and 2014.
Individually, freshman Kristian Gkolomeev won the NCAA 50 Freestyle Championship while fellow rookie Anton McKeeset the SEC record in the 200 breaststroke on the way to winning league title.
More information on the Tide's honor can be found here. Follow Alabama swimming and diving on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at AlabamaSwimDive