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Much was made of how Margo Geer would handle her first full-time head coaching job after it was announced she would be taking the reins at the University of Alabama this season, and so far she’s proven that she was the right choice for the job.
Geer, who was announced as the head coach-to-be last December after Coley Stickels‘ departure, led the Crimson Tide to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Tennessee Invitational Nov. 18-20, defeating the reigning NCAA champion women from UVA in the process.
Geer, along with associate head coaches Ozzie Quevedo (who served as the interim head coach for the latter half of last season) and James Barber, had the team execute perfectly at the meet, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning nine events apiece, including a combined six relay victories.
In addition to having the team’s top swimmers perform, such as Rhyan White, the Crimson Tide also had breakout swims from their freshman and some breakthroughs among upperclassmen.
The vaunted female freestyle corps was on fire, winning seven of the eight free events contested at the invite (including relays). This included a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 free from seniors Kalia Antoniou, Morgan Scott and junior Cora Dupre. Sophomore Diana Petkova was just hundredths away from making it a 1-2-3-4, finishing a close fifth.
In addition to the team’s performance at Tennessee, Alabama also cruised to a sweep over LSU on Nov. 5, keeping them undefeated in dual meets for 2021-22. The swim team returns to competition Jan. 8 at Georgia.
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