Liam Bell has entered the NCAA transfer portal after his freshman season with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
TOP TIMES PRE-COLLEGE
- 50 free – 20.29
- 100 free – 44.18
- 200 free – 1:39.73
- 100 breast – 52.21
- 200 breast – 1:57.30
- 100 fly – 48.78
- 200 IM – 1:48.85
LIFETIME BESTS WHILE AT ALABAMA
- 100 breast – 51.39
- 200 breast – 1:52.93
- 200 IM – 1:44.35
Bell, a strong commit (54.0/2:00 in the breaststroke events) when he was recruited in the fall of 2018, improved further in his senior year, getting down to 52.21 in the 100 and 1:57.30 in the 200. In his freshman campaign with Alabama, he made huge drops in the 200 breast and 200 IM especially, while taking a good chunk of time off of his 100 breast.
While the 2020 NCAA Championships were canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Bell was seeded to make the 100 breast A-final and the 200 breast B-final. With the 2019-20 NCAA season all but concluded, Bell was the fastest freshman in the country in the 100 breast, just ahead of Texas first-year Caspar Corbeau (51.46). His season culminated at the 2020 SEC Championships, where he was the 100 breast runner-up and placed fourth in the 200 breast, while also winning the 200 IM C-final.
Bell had committed to the Alabama program prior to their hiring of current head coach, Coley Stickels.
It’s unknown as of this posting where Bell plans on going next, but he’d be a prime pickup for any program in the country with his breaststroke speed.
Next year, Alabama still returns rising sophomore Derek Maas, who improved to 51.81 in the 100 breast and 1:53.15 in the 200 breast in his freshman campaign with the Crimson Tide. Maas was seeded T-10th in the 100 breast and T-20th in the 200 breast for the 2020 NCAA Champs.