Tide Diver Gets Another Medal

ATHENS, Ga. – The Alabama Swimming and Diving Team had another silver medal finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships being held at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. this week.

Senior diver Aaron Fleshner took second off the platform with 394.80 points. The Spring, Texas native won the three-meter board earlier in the week and finished fourth off the one-meter board. Junior Aaron Booher also scored in the championship final, taking seventh with 297.55 points. Like Fleshner, Booher also finished in the top-8 in all three diving events, taking second off the one-meter and fourth off the three-meter.

After three days, the Alabama men are in fifth place with 246 points. Auburn leads the men's meet with 557 with Florida just 13 points back going into the final day. The Tide women are currently in sixth place with 191 points while Georgia leads the team race with 555.5 points.

Junior Kate Shannon Gray shaved two seconds off her career best in the 400 IM, posting a 4:12.10 to finish sixth overall. Senior Agustina de Giovanni, who has been battling stomach flu all week, was ninth in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke with a 1:01.87 before finishing 16th in finals.

Senior Riley Boulden won the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke, taking ninth overall , with a career-best time of 54.01 which moves him to fifth all-time for the Tide. In the 100 butterfly, freshman Anestis Arampatzis and junior Denes Zubcsek finished 14th and 16th respectively. Arampatzis finished with a 47.83 which ranks him fifth all-time for the Tide, while Zubcsek clocked a 48.14. In the 100 backstroke, junior Alan Axford finished 16th with a 49.69.

The championships conclude Saturday with the 200 backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well at the 100 and 1650 freestyles, the women's platform and the 400 freestyle relays.

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