Alabama swept Delta State in the first dual meet of the 2017-2018 NCAA season.
Luke Kaliszak is key to a lot of Alabama relays in 2018, coming off a season in which he rose into elite sprint backstroke company.
Hali Flickinger headlines the women’s 200 fly on day 1 of the U.S. Open.
Alabama’s Connor Oslin was one of a trio of swimmers to win the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award at the Crimson Tide’s annual banquet.
The men’s 200 breast is one of the top races to watch, with Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt, Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Alabama’s Anton McKee, and South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen contending.
Florida standouts Caeleb Dressel and Maxime Rooney will take on the 100 free alongside Missouri’s Michael Chadwick, as will Georgia’s defending NCAA champ Olivia Smoliga in the women’s race.
The 2017 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee will continue this morning with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, and men’s 3-meter diving prelims.
Gibson has scratched out of this morning’s 200 free prelims in favor of the 100 fly, which takes place one event earlier.
We’ll likely see American Record holder Caeleb Dressel in action for the Gators, which could set up some exciting battles with Alabama sprinters Laurent Bams and Zane Waddell.
Sprinter Tyler Sesvold will relocate to the South and join Alabama men’s team, and potentially contribute in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events.
SEC champ Michael Duderstadt threw down a pair of clutch breaststroke swims to help the Auburn Tigers to victory.
Toussaint took advantage of a new program by the Dutch Federation that allows US-based swimmers to qualify in a 25 yard pool rather than the traditional 25 meter course.
Among the notable swimmers affected by this are Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint, Alabama’s Laurent Bams, and Queens University’s Dion Dreesens, who will all be competing in yards ahead of the World Championships as a part of their respective NCAA teams.
Alabama didn’t graduate any individual NCAA points – that is, until news broke that NCAA champ Kristian Gkolomeev was out of eligibility. Now it’s up to Connor Oslin and a scary backstroke crew to carry the Crimson Tide back towards the top 10.