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.
The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both opened their seasons with wins against Delta State on Friday afternoon. The men earned a 231-69 victory and the women prevailed 235-65. This was the fifth straight year Alabama has opened its season against the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen.
Alabama’s swimming and diving teams finished day three of the Southeastern Conference Championships Thursday in the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at University of Tennessee, and Alabama managed to advance four swims to the championship finals. Two swimmers, junior Luke Kaliszak and senior Connor Oslin made the championship final in the men’s 100 butterfly.
Three Alabama swimming and diving records fell on the second day of the 2017 SEC Championships, and the Crimson Tide also recorded three top-three finishes. "We have some momentum building after today," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said.
The Alabama swimming teams takes on Delta State on Friday for the first meet of the year. This meet is the first step towards building the foundation for the whole year. “It serves a lot of purpose,” coach Dennis Pursley said.
The Alabama Aquatics Center was filled excitement for the last time this season. The regular season had come to a close on senior day for the Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Alabama men’s swimming team trailed Tennessee by three points when team captain Chris Wellford and his three teammates prepared for a meet-deciding 400m freestyle relay. When Wellford got out of the pool after the relay he did so as a winner not only of the relay, but of the meet itself, as Alabama edged Tennessee by a single point. “It’s really always a morale booster when you beat an SEC team and it’s like the last race and you know we got to win this race to win [the meet],” Wellford said. On Saturday, Wellford will return to the pool for one last home meet.