Nov. 3, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama's swimmers and divers continued to ratchet up the work load last week, hitting new highs in yardage and intensity.
"Our distance group is really starting to hit its stride," head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We were up to 80,000 for the week with that crew, and that was a combination of yards and meters. They did a really nice job and are really starting to click. Joe Ziegler in particular is really starting coming around. It will be interesting to see where he is when we get to LSU. Overall, all our groups did well this week, showing some good things."
McIlquham and company put together some relays last week and the results were encouraging.
"We came up with times just off what we did at conference last year, so that was good to see," McIlquham said. "Everyone's excitement level is starting to get cranked up coming into this week as we get ready to dive back into competition."
Alabama got up and raced over the weekend during the Tide's Alumni and Parents weekend, which coincided with Homecoming at the Capstone. For a majority of the Tide, it was the first competition since traveling to FSU three weeks ago.
"We did some racing in front of the alumni and parents, but that was competing against each other," McIlquham said. "The kids are really looking forward to going down to Baton Rouge and kicking off the Alabama-LSU weekend and hopefully get the Tide off to a good start. They're hungry to compete, hungry to get up on the blocks and race against someone new."