Bama swimmers earn Top 25 finishes at World Championships

Former Alabama swimmer Vlad Polyakov, who won NCAA Championships in the 200 breaststroke for the Crimson Tide in 2005 and 2007, showed that he's picked up some sprint prowess over the intervening years, advancing to the semifinals of the 50-meter breaststroke at the 14th FINA World Championships on Tuesday.

Polyakov, who also won the World 200m breaststroke title in 2006, finished 16th in the preliminaries of the 50m breaststroke, with a time of 28.00.He shaved nearly a tenth of second off his time in the semifinals, finishing 14th overall.

Earlier in the meet, Polyakov and former Tide All-American Hunor Mate, representing Kazakhstan and Austria respectively, finished 38th and 39th respectively in the 100m breaststroke after posting times of 1:01.85 and 1:01.88. Both men will swim the 200m breaststroke on Thursday.

Kristel Vourna, a rising sophomore on the Tide's current roster, posted a top-25 finish of her own earlier this week. Representing her native Greece, Vourna finished 22nd in the 100m butterfly, touching the wall with a time of 59.27. Later this week, she'll swim the 50m butterfly. During her rookie season with the Crimson Tide, Vourna set the school record in the 100 butterfly, earning Freshman All-Southeastern Conference honors as well.

Former UA distance All-American Mark Randall also posted a top-25 finish at the Oriental Sports Center on Tuesday, taking 20th place in the 800m freestyle. The South African native touched the wall with an 8:02.45.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics