54.0 Breaststroker Liam Bell Sends Verbal to Alabama

Liam Bell of US-Aquatics in Atlanta, Georgia, has verbally committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Bell is a senior at Druid Hills High School.

I’m extremely excited and honored to announce my verbal commitment to further both my education and swimming at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide Roll!


  • 100 breast – 54.03
  • 200 breast – 2:00.13
  • 50 free – 20.69
  • 100 free – 44.60
  • 200 IM – 1:49.67

As a freshman and a sophomore with Chamblee, Bell was the Georgia 1-5A runner-up in the 100 breast. Alabama has a lot to be excited about with him– all of his top times listed above came from just a week ago at the 2018 Fall Invite in Atlanta.

Bell also hit PRs in his top events in long course this summer, going 23.81/52.49 in free, 1:02.59 in the 100 breast, and 2:08.75 in the 200 IM.

Alabama had just one scorer in the 100 breast at SECs last year, current senior Laurent Bams. He was an A-finalist, while current sophomore Michael Burris scored in the C final of the 200 breast last year. Bell, then, will join up with the Crimson Tide at an opportune time, just as Bams finishes his NCAA eligibility.

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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2 years ago

Diamond in the rough!

Reply to  Swimnerd
2 years ago

A shiny piece of coal, tryin’ to reach my goal my power of speech, unimpeachable.

Cal fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Thumbs up for he Hamilton reference

2 years ago

Bama’s medley relays are always good. He will contribute a lot to the team!!

Liam Bell
2 years ago

I go to Druid Hills High School now.

Reply to  Liam Bell
2 years ago

Congratulations on your choice.

Reply to  Liam Bell
2 years ago

You’re fast my dude

2 years ago

Also a 1:02.5 – 2:19.0 in the long course breaststrokes, with that 2:19.0 coming as a 14 year old (!).

Crimson Fan
2 years ago

Roll Tide!

2 years ago

Great job Liam!

2 years ago

A hs kid goes 54 flat and I’m just hearing about him now. Wow. It shows what an outlier Whitley is.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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