2014 Youth Olympic Games finalist Christopher Reid from South Africa has committed to join the Alabama Crimson Tide, and will join the team in the spring semester of 2015.
While mid-season additions are always a dicey proposal in their first seasons, because of different training cycles, Reid has the potential to be an NCAA scorer this spring in Iowa City.
He stands 6’6″ tall and was listed at 194 pounds at the Youth Olympic Games, and is primarily a backstroker.
In long course meters, he’s been:
- 50 back – 26.57
- 100 back – 55.99
- 200 back – 1:59.77
That time in the 200 would’ve placed him 2nd at this summer’s Junior National Championships – just a tenth behind the champion Patrick Conaton – and his 100 wouldve put him 2nd behind only Michael Andrew.
He will compete for the leadoff spot on the medley relay as a freshman this year with sophomore Connor Oslin, who was a 46.33 on the team’s 8th-place relay at NCAA’s last year, and when healthy the Crimson Tide go two deep at almost every position of this medley relay with underclassmen.
While an injury to Anton McKee might stunt them this year (he was solid last week in his return), in the spring of 2016, Alabama could legitimately compete for both medley relay titles at the NCAA Championships. While the men’s backstrokes, especially the 200, are as deep in the college ranks as they’ve ever been, Reid’s long course times mean he’s capable of scoring individually as a freshman.