Nov. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama Swimming and Diving team returns to action this weekend, with the swimmers heading to the USA National Winter Championships in Atlanta, Ga., while the divers, also heading east, will take part in the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.
“This is a chance for us to race against not just some of the best in the collegiate ranks, but some of the best swimmers in the world,” UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. “Our divers will also have the chance to go against some top-notch competition in the same format they will see once we get to the postseason.”
The Crimson Tide is taking 28 swimmers to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center where they will compete over a 50-meter course, the same distance used at the Olympic Games, instead of the normal 25-yard course typically used in collegiate competition. Action gets underway Thursday and continues through Saturday. It will be the swimmers’ first competition since facing LSU in Baton Rouge a month ago.
Heading up the UA women’s squad will be freshman Kaylin Burchell, who is ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. The men are led by sophomore Alex Coci, who is ranked in the top-25 nationally in the 100 butterfly.
The divers will compete in Gabrielsen Natatorium starting Friday with the meet running through Sunday. The Tide divers last competed at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in mid-November.
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