The Alabama swimming and diving team is preparing for its trip to the NCAA National Championships, with the men set to compete in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the women heading to Columbus, Ohio.
The University of Alabama swimming and diving team will send three of its student athletes to the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships starting Saturday at Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, TN, as they hope to reach finals in both the springboard and platform events.
The Alabama swimmer Christopher Reid, a senior, won a second-consecutive 200 backstroke title on the last day of competition at the Southeastern Championships held on the campus of Texas A&M. Reid posted a career best time, taking the SEC title for a second straight year by more than a half second.
The University of Alabama swimming and diving team came away with a pair of top-three finishes in the men’s 100 backstroke and one of the league’s top academic honors on the fourth day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Championships held on the campus of Texas A&M.
The University of Alabama swimming and diving team broke another school record on the third day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Championships being held on the campus of Texas A&M. Freshman Leonie Kullmann finished with a school record in the women’s 200 freestyle. Kullmann won the B final, finishing 9th overall and besting her own record set earlier in the season.
The men finished the second day of SEC Championships by winning the 200 freestyle relay. Junior Robert Howard, sophomore Zane Waddell, senior Braxton Young and junior Laurent Bams held a narrow lead on second place Florida. The women’s 200 freestyle relay team, made up of freshman Flora Molnar and seniors Temarie Tomley, Lindsay Morrow and Bailey Scott, finished third, earning a spot on the podium.
The first day of the SEC Championships featured a pair of relays for the men and women. The Crimson tide made a podium finish in the men’s 200 medley relay, taking third place with a season best performance from senior Luke Kaliszak, junior Laurent Bams, sophomore Zane Waddell and junior Robert Howard.
The SEC has always been a dominate conference. It was represented in four different national championships last year, with three of the events having two teams playing each other for the title, showcasing the slogan “It just means more.” SEC swimming, just as it had the last couple of years, is keeping with that trend. This year the SEC has nine teams ranked in the top-25 on both the men’s and women’s side, as of Jan. 17.
Laurent Bams has been largely successful in his transition to the breaststroke. He was named the Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Week Jan. 16 following a strong week four-win performance against Florida State Jan. 12.
When Freeman began his career at Alabama, his main events were the mile and 500 freestyle. He also competed in the 200 butterfly, but it had been more of an afterthought than a main focus. That changed once he began working with Crimson Tide coaches James Barber and Angie Nicolletta. With their support and coaching, Freeman applied himself to improving his time in the 200 butterfly, which is traditionally viewed as one of the most challenging events in swimming.