Former Alabama swimmer Arlene Semeco broke the previous mark, set by former Georgia stand-out Kara Lynn Joyce in 2003, by a full tenth of a second at the City of Sports Complex,. The Venezuela native, who competed in the sprint freestyle events, will race for the gold medal on Wednesday. She set the Crimson Tide record in the 50 freestyle in 2005.
"Arlene had a tremendous race and hopefully it will carry over into tomorrow (Wednesday) and the finals," Alabama Coach Eric McIlquham said. "To break the Pan Am record by a tenth is quite an accomplishment."
Semeco isn't the only Alabama presence on the pool deck in Rio. Rising Tide sophomore Agustina de Giovanni, a native of Argentina, will compete in the prelims of the 100m breaststroke today (Wednesday).