Tide Swimming Has Another Big Day

ATHENS, Ga. – The Alabama swimming and diving teams continued their hot streak on day three of the Southeastern Conference Championships, being held on the University of Georgia campus this week.


br> Senior BJ Hornikel grabbed another spot on the podium, taking third place in the men's 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.25. Hornikel also made the podium on Wednesday as part of the school-record setting 200 freestyle relay which took second place.
br> Senior diver Paige McCleary took fourth off the 3-meter springboard with 348.50 points, producing the highest individual finish of the week for the Alabama women. Junior Kristel Vourna also scored in the championship final, taking seventh place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.66. Sophomore Emma Saunders took 14th place in the women's 200 freestyle, posting a 1:47.28 along the way.
br> Junior Ian Decker posted a career-best 3:47.95 to win the C-final of the 400 individual medley and move up to second all-time at Alabama. Sophomore Travis Kerner also scored in the 400 IM, taking 22nd with a 3:53.50.
br> Sophomore Brett Walsh (13th), senior Vlad Caciuc (15th) and freshman Kristian Gkolomeev (23rd) all scored in the 100 butterfly. Walsh's 47.21 from prelims ranks him third all-time at Alabama while Caciuc's career-best 47.44 from prelims puts him fifth all-time for UA. Gkolomeev went 47.77 in prelims which ranks him seventh all-time for the Tide.
br> Alabama returns to action Friday with the 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke as well as the men's platform diving event.

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