GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Alabama men are fifth while the Crimson Tide women are in ninth after the first day of swimming at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships being held in the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.
"We're two events in on the swimming side of things, with a full slate tomorrow," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We need to get up on the blocks and get things rolling in the morning and then carry that through into the finals."
Senior Denes Zubcsek, senior Catalin Cosma, freshman BJ Hornikel and junior Joe Ziegler swam a 6:27.92 in the 800 freestyle relay, taking sixth place. Seniors Alan Axford and Daniel Armstrong combined with freshmen Alex Coci and Vlad Caciuc to post a 1:28.01 to take seventh in the 200 medley relay.
Freshmen Lauren Piper, Alex Popa and Kristel Vourna along with senior Kelsie Ludolph touched the wall at 1:40.99 in the 200 medley relay, taking seventh place. The Tide took ninth in the women's 800 freestyle relay with senior Kate Shannon Gray, freshman Marissa Dressel, freshman Hillary Hahmann and sophomore Jenna Gallo combining for a time of 7:20.73.
Gray, a native of Northport, Ala., led off the Tide's 800 relay with a career-best 1:48.64 in the 200 freestyle, which ranks her third all-time for the Tide.
"Kate Shannon had a great leadoff leg on the 800 freestyle relay," McIlquham said. "She just continues to add to her legacy at Alabama. She now ranks in our all-time top 10 in five six events, including the top five in four of those which shows an impressive range."
Alabama's men have 93 points after three days of diving and the first day of swimming events. Auburn leads the men's team race with 201 points. On the women's side, the Tide has 73.5 points while Auburn leads the competition with 166 points.
Thursday begins the full slate of swimming events, including the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle as well as the 200 freestyle relay.
Men's Team Scores
INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics
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