WATCH LIVE: Alabama Opens 2018-19 Season vs. Delta State on Friday

by SwimSwam 10

September 13th, 2018 College, SEC

Courtesy: Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In what has become an annual tradition, Alabama swimming and diving opens the 2018-19 season this Friday against Delta State at the Alabama Aquatic Center.

It’s not only the first meet of the season for The Crimson Tide and the Statesmen, it’s also the first collegiate swimming and diving competition of the year. This year’s meet marks the sixth year in a row that the two teams have made the first splash of the NCAA season.

“We’re excited to get going and to stand up and get a competition under our belts before we take on Ohio State in Columbus later this month,” Dennis Pursley, in his seventh season as Alabama’s head coach, said. “Even though it’s very early in the training cycle, we’re looking forward to checking in and seeing where everyone is right now.”

The diving portion of the meet will get underway at 2 p.m., while team introductions and the swimming events get underway at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Fans can also follow live results on and watch the live video stream via the WatchESPN app and

Alabama returns seven All-Americans to this year’s roster, including seniors Katie Kelsoe and Justin Macfarlane and sophomores Leonie Kullmann and Flora Molnar for the women and seniors Robert Howard and Laurent Bams along with junior Zane Waddell for the men. The Tide added 26 freshmen – 14 women and 12 men – to a roster that totals 73 swimmers and divers.

“An early meet like this is particularly good for the rookies, giving them a chance to see what a dual meet looks like and to start to acclimate to collegiate competition,” Pursley said. “It’s also an opportunity for the staff to evaluate how they react in a competitive environment.”

Friday will also be the kick-off for Alabama Athletics’ Power of Pink slate of events, which helps raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The Tide women will be wearing pink caps in support of the initiative that began on the Alabama campus in 2005.

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Jason Owen
2 years ago

Actually Lindenwood, UMSL, and McKendree competed at the first annual STL Showcase last Saturday at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in Edwardsville, Illinois. It was LCM and had a non-traditional format. I will make sure info is sent in, it was a very fun competition.

2 years ago

They need more swimmers! and divers!! Only 73 on the team??


no way :joy: my sides :joy: the bpaptu numeral :joy:

Reply to  anonymoose
2 years ago

out of curiosity, What are the rules for # of swimmers on a team? are there limits? Another D1 team I know of just cut a 27th person for “numbers” reasons.

Reply to  Name
2 years ago

I don’t believe there is a maximum. A lot of schools only take a travel roster to meets, and at championship meets there is a max of 18 swimmers that can score (and I believe 3 divers). Because of this, swim teams are generally smaller. They could hold more, but why “waste” resources like equipment, time, lane space (ect) on a swimmer that has no potential to score and represent the program.

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

NCAA Roster limit for Championships is 18. Divers are part of that but 3 divers = 1 swimmer. So for example, a team can take 17 swimmers and 3 divers to Conference.

Reply to  Name
2 years ago

It’s set by the school. If my understanding is correct, the school determines roster limits for each sport to meet overall title 9 compliance requirements. Basically each school defines how they will be compliant, and changes are made to rosters based on budgets and compliance requirements. It may change from year to year at each school.

Reply to  Name
2 years ago

Likely a guy. Guys get cut because of number caps on teams. We had to be +14 We had to carry 26 guys and 40+ women

2 years ago

go fighting okra!!