Big Swimming Day For 19 Tide Seniors

The Alabama Swimming and Diving team finished off its home season with a dominating performance against New Orleans on Senior Day in the Alabama Aquatic Center Saturday.

Alabama's men won 172-119 while the women out-pointed the Privateers 197-83. The Tide men climb to 6-1 on the season while the women are now 8-2.

"It was a good meet for us and our seniors in particular did a nice job in the last home meet of their careers," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. "It's a special class to have 19 student-athletes come in together, stay together and commit to something like this team and now they're getting ready to graduate together. I'm proud of them and they've obviously had a big impact on our program."

Between the men's and women's meets, Alabama seniors earned a dozen individual wins on the day.

Senior Luke Boutwell won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, touching with a 57.21 in the 100 and a 2:06.80 in the 200. Senior Riley Boulden won the 100 freestyle, touching at 46.62. Senior Aaron Fleshner closed out his Alabama Aquatic Center career by capturing the one and three-meter boards, scoring 404.70 and 399.98 points respectively. Senior Mark Randall won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:30.59.

Junior Denes Zubcsek won the 200 freestyle with a 1:42.68. Sophomore Joe Ziegler took first in the 100 backstroke with a 51.45. Freshman Reese Shirey used a 1:54.93 to win the 200 backstroke. Junior Catalin Cosma came in first in the 200 IM with a 1:55.53.

Alabama opened up the meet winning the 200 medley relay and closed it by touching first in the 200 freestyle relay.

On the women's side of the slate, senior Kacey Weddle won the 200 butterfly with a 2:03.59. Senior Nicki Roberts won the 200 freeestyle, touching the wall at 1:54.60 while classmate Maggie Zblewski won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.40. Senior Allyson Angle took top honors in the 200 backstroke, finishing with a 2:06.52. Senior Agustina de Giovanni won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:12.34 and the 200 IM, touching at 2:02.43.

Junior Kelsie Ludolph won the 50 freestyle with a 24.19, just 1/100th of a second ahead of senior Brooke Baldi. Sophomore Carrie Dragland won the one and three-meter boards, scoring 304.65 points off the one and 347.10 off the three.

Junior Ida Persson won the 100 freestyle. Freshman Jenna Gallo won the 500 and 1000 freestyles with a 5:05.25 and a 10:17.91 respectively. Junior Cassie Craddock won the 100 backstroke with a 58.18.

The Tide women started the meet off with a 200 medley relay win and closed it by touching first in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Tide returns to action next weekend, facing Georgia and South Carolina in Athens, Ga. on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. ET. It will be the Tide's last regular season meet.

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