Junior College National Champion Alec Scott Transferring to Alabama

Indian River stand-out Alec Scott will be transferring to the University of Alabama after a phenomenal sophomore season. At the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Scott swept both IM events, posting times of 1:48.41 in the 20o IM and 3:56.27 in the 400 IM. His final individual event resulted in a second place finish in the 200 backstroke with a 1:49.05. He was also the second leg of the winning 800 freestyle relay at the NJCAA Championships, splitting a 1:39.20.

Alec Scott’s father swam for Alabama while he was in school, so it was always a dream of Alec’s to follow in his fathers footsteps. At the end of his high school career, Scott was frustrated with the sport and was contemplating quitting. His dad persuaded him to take a year off to see what could happen. He trained with his club team for the next year, but still did not reach the division 1 caliber he was shooting for. When he looked into Indian River, coach Ryan Mallam decided to give him a chance. Scott came into his element while swimming at Indian River, elevating himself to the caliber he was shooting for.

“My dad swam for Alabama so its kinda always been my dream and for a long time I thought I would never make it there. I guess what I learned from being a bit of a journeyman is to never give up on yourself because you never know what you might be capable of.”

Scott will be able to contribute right away. Szymmy Day and Anton McKee were the top two 200 IMer’s this season at 1:51’s. In the 400 IM he is just behind Ian Decker (3:47.9) and Travis Kerner (3:53.5) and should be able to benefit from training with a much deeper IM group.


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6 years ago

Love these kind of stories- Athletes reaching for the stars and accomplishing their goals! Congrats to Alec. Wishing u much continued success at Bama. U are swimming with the big D1 guys now! Roll Tide!

CO Swim Coach
6 years ago

Congrats to Alec. Having worked w him last summer in CO I know he will have continued success in any program he enters. Alabama is lucky to gain such a positive and enthusiastic student athlete

6 years ago

So happy for Alec! What a great example for anyone who has a dream and to not give up. Congrats Alec…I always knew you could do it!!

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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