Aug 29, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama swimming and diving team got official practices underway Thursday morning before dawn at the Alabama Aquatic Center.
While the Crimson Tide started preparations for the 2013-14 season almost immediately following the close of last season, the first official practice of head coach Dennis Pursley's second season at Alabama's helm began with a two-hour water workout.
"This morning was a good start," Pursley said. "As a team, we're still getting to know each other; which is going to be the case when you have as many new faces as we do this season. We have a long way to go to be where this team needs to be, but we're also light years ahead of where we were at this point a year ago. We just have to keep moving forward, getting better with each day, with each practice."
There are more than 30 newcomers on this year's roster between the men's and women's team, which accounts for nearly half of this year's squad. The Tide's first dual meet of the season is less than a month away at Delta State.