Bama swimmer qualifies for Commonwealth Games

May 7, 2010 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama senior Mark Randall picked up a gold and silver medal at the recent South African National Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials held in Durban, South Africa. In addition to his medal-winning ways, Randall also punched his ticket for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in New Delhi, India in October.

"We're obviously very proud of Mark and all he's accomplished during his Alabama career," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "This is a great opportunity for him to represent his country again and I'm excited for him."

Randall also represented South Africa at the 2006 Commonwealth Games when he took fourth in the 1500m race and sixth in the 400m.

"I'm just really excited to have the opportunity," Randall said. "It's always a great honor to represent your country. It's really the highest level you can aspire to. I'm really thankful and looking forward to the opportunity."

A four-time All-American, Randall posted a time of 3:49.97 in the 400-meter freestyle to take the gold medal by more than a second. His time puts him seventh in the world this year and was just one hundredth of a second off the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard. It marked the East London native's fourth national title in the 400m.

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