Western Kentucky butterflyer Hannah Musser will be transferring to the Alabama Crimson Tide, according to a source close to the team.
Western Kentucky suspended its entire swimming & diving program for five years after a slew of ugly hazing allegations came out early this year, leaving its top swimmers searching for homes elsewhere.
For Musser, that home will be Tuscaloosa, where she’ll instantly become one of the team’s top butterfly threats.
Musser had just wrapped up her freshman season at Western Kentucky, and her top 100 fly time would have made her Alabama’s fastest swimmer in the event by the end of the season.
Musser’s Top Times
- 100 fly: 53.37
- 200 fly: 1:59.35
- 200 IM: 2:01.65
- 100 free: 51.02
- 200 free: 1:49.98
Musser was a Conference-USA A finalist in both flys and the 200 IM last season, including a third-place finish in the 100 fly. She also competed on 4 different WKU relays, splitting 22.50 on the 200 free relay and 49.80 on the 400 free relay. Her fly splits were 23.66 and 52.84.
As a sophomore next season, she should have a shot to score at SECs in both butterfly races – her times from last year would have nabbed points. Musser could also see her role expand in the 5-day SEC meet lineup, which would spread out what was a busy post-season schedule for her last year.
Musser will also take part in a new rivalry with her former WKU freshman teammate Haley Black. Black will be transferring out to Alabama’s bitter SEC rival Auburn. Black was 2nd at the C-USA meet in the 100 fly, just ahead of Musser, while Musser returned the favor in the 200 fly, where she finished 7th and Black 8th.