Tide collects big win over Wildcats

The Crimson Tide men’s swimming and diving team competed against the Kentucky Wildcats at the Alabama Aquatic Center for a top-25 showdown on Saturday, with the Tide men staking claim to a convincing 166-132 victory. Senior breastroke swimmer Riley Bouldin paved the way for the Tide en route to collecting three first-place victories in the 100-yard breastroke, the 200-yard breastroke and the 200-yard individual medley, with times of 56.08, 2:02.92 and 1:53.14, respectively. Also leading the Tide was All-American freestyle swimmer Mark Randall, who brought home two first-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle, recording times of 4:29.51 and 9:18.31, respectively, edging out teammate Catalin Cosma in each event. “We had a pretty tough week in the pool and worked extremely hard,” Randall said, “so I think we were able to draw some confidence from that heading into this race.” Tide head coach Eric McIlquham said he was proud of the overall team performance, but had mixed emotions after dropping a heartbreaking match on the women’s side by a two-point margin. “I thought our team stepped up and raced well as a whole,” McIlquham said.