Alabama Swimming Finishes With Split
"It was a good meet for us, a good way to finish off the regular season," Alabama Coach Eric McIlquham said. "We had some outstanding performances, especially from Mark (Randall) and Agustina (de Giovanni) and our divers, who all did a nice job tonight. Now we just have to focus in on the postseason."
The Tide men beat South Carolina 156-144 and fell to the Bulldogs 185-115, finishing the regular season at 7-2 overall and 3-2 in Southeastern Conference competition. The Alabama women beat South Carolina 186-114 and fell to Georgia 172-120, going to 9-3 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.
Senior Mark Randall posted yet another sterling performance, winning both distance events. His first race produced the best 1000 freestyle time in the SEC this season, clocking a 9:00.74, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field. He then came back to win the 500 freestyle, touching the wall at 4:25.15.
Senior Riley Boulden had another outstanding meet, winning the 100 breaststroke by a tenth of a second, turning in a 55.61. The Indianapolis, Ind. native took second in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:01.11, just two-tenths behind Georgia's Bill Cregar. Boulden finished off his meet with another second place finish, a 1:50.41 in the 200 IM, coming in just behind Cregar again.
Junior Allen Axford edged South Carolina's Dom Lendjel to win the 100 backstroke 50.12 to 50.14. Alabama won both diving events with junior Adam Booher taking the one-meter board with a score of 354.30 while senior Aaron Fleshner took first off the three-meter board, scoring a 352.85.
Senior Agustina de Giovanni closed out her final regular-season meet with a trio of wins, starting with a 1:02.05 to win the 100 breaststroke. She then came back to win the 200 breaststroke by eight seconds with a 2:13.85 before finishing off with a 2:03.05 to win the 200 IM. Sophomore Carrie Dragland won both diving events, taking the three-meter board with 342.55 points and the one-meter with 279.40.
Alabama returns to Athens, Ga. in less than three weeks for the start of the postseason, the SEC Championships.
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