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Ben Hines of Berzerker Swimming in Webb City, Missouri has verbally committed to the University of Alabama. Hines is a current high school junior and a member of the class of 2021.
Hines won the Missouri Class 1 State State Championships in mid-November in both the 50 free (20.07) and 100 free (45.28). The 50 free time is a new Missouri High School State Record, and the 100 free is a new Class 1 record. Hines is one of the best young sprinters to ever come out of the state of Missouri.
Hines is a true speed-burner, especially in freestyle and butterfly, and should make an immediate relay impact for the rebuilding Crimson Tide.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 20.07
- 100 free – 45.28
- 200 free – 1:41.98
- 50 back – 23.28
- 100 back – 51.84
- 50 fly – 21.69
- 100 fly – 49.07
Alabama graduated 3 of the 4 legs from its NCAA-title winning 200 medley relay last season, returning only the World Champion in the 50 meters backstroke Zane Waddell (who in turn is a senior this season). In spite of those graduations, Alabama has the fastest 200 yard medley relay in the country this season, .01 seconds better than Texas A&M, after last weekend’s Georgia Tech Inviational. Hines should be a big part of continuing that relay tradition for Alabama when he arrives on campus in 2 years.
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