​Kristian Gkolomeev named SEC Male Swimmer of the Year

Alabama sophomore swimmer Kristian Gkolomeev was named the SEC Male Swimmer of the Year on Tuesday. Gkolomeev, who won two SEC titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle and was part of two SEC champion relays, also won the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Championships. His school record 41.58 to win the NCAA 100 freestyle championship was the fastest collegiate flat start 100 of the season. He also posted the second fastest 100 this season after posting a 41.68 to win the SEC 100 freestyle. 

“We are extremely proud of everything that Kristian accomplished this season,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “The amazing thing to us is that as good as he was this year, he is just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to his potential.”

Gkolomeev is the first Alabama swimmer to earn SEC Swimmer of the Year honors since Arne Borgstrom in 1982.

Compiled by Kayla Montgomery

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