Alabama swimming and diving faced off against the University of Miami’s women’s team and Florida State University in their last home meet of the season.
The men’s team defeated FSU with a score of 183 to 117. The women’s team defeated the University of Miami with a score of 225 to 71 and narrowly lost to FSU with a score of 159 to 141. The meet was consistently fast-paced, and both the men’s and women’s teams achieved many victories against the opposing schools.
The meet started out Friday morning with diving. The women’s diving team was represented by senior Ayanna Woods with a final score of 259.35, freshman Alli Boyd with a final score of 226.05 and Natalie Donkle with a final score of 221.5. The top scorers on the men’s diving team included freshman Kevin Li with a score of 362.8, senior Robbie Costine with a score of 348.85, and freshman Hunter Jayns with a score of 279.35
The Alabama men’s team started out strong in the 200 Medley, with the team of Junior Zane Waddell, senior Laurent Bams, senior Knox Auerbach, and senior Robert Howard winning with a time of 1:25.27. Alabama women’s 200-yard medley relay A (Rhyan White, Justine Macfarlane, Flora Molnar, Kalia Antoniou) and B (Katie Kelso, Kaila Wong, Caroline Beene, Allie Surrency) teams placed second and third, with times of 1:41.22 and 1:42.30.
In the 400 yard IM, Kensey McMahon won with a time of 4:21.65, followed by Alexis Preski in third with a time of 4:22.43. On the men’s side, Nicholas Perera won the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:00.14, followed by Kyle Maas with a time of 4:02.07, then Daniel Kober with a time of 4:04.76
The women’s 200-yard Free Relay A team (Kalia Antoniou, Flora Molnar, Caroline Beene, and Sarah Helm) placed second with a time of 1:32.64, followed by the B team (Sezin Eligul, Allie Surrency, Lexi Souther, Leonie Kullmann) in third place with a tie of 1:34.23.
The 100-yard Backstroke event was yet again very strong for Alabama swimming. Freshman Rhyan White and senior Katie Kelso placed first and third in the women’s 100-yard Backstroke with times of 55.23 and 55.86. The men’s 100-yard Backstroke was won by junior Zane Waddell with a time of 47.55, followed by freshman Spencer Walker, who placed third, with a time of 49.71.
Women’s 200-yard Backstroke was won by Alabama’s Rhyan White with a time of 1:58.84. Men’s 200-yard Backstroke was Spencer Walker and Kyle Maas and Alex Robinson placed second, third, and fourth, respectively.
Senior Justine Macfarlane placed third in the 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:02.49 and second in the 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:15.87. Senior Laurent Bams won the Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 54.00. Michael Burris and Nico Perner tied for second place in the men’s 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:03.62.
Freshman Morgan Liberto won the women’s 200-yard Butterfly with a time of 2:02.54, and Freshman Nicholas Perera placed second in the men’s 200-yard Butterfly with a time of 1:50.98
The 1650 Freestyle was a very successful event for Alabama. In the women’s event, freshman Kensey McMahon won with a time of 16:46.71 and second place went to junior Alexis Preski with a time of 17:02.56. In the men’s 1650 Freestyle, freshman Nico Hernandez-Tome, junior Daniel Kober, and freshman Ryan Ratliff took first, second, and third place, respectively, with times of 16:00.79, 16:05.89, and 16:11.32.
Sophomore Leonie Kullmann won second place in the women’s 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:50.67. The Men’s 200-yard Freestyle was won by Robert Howard with a time of 1:36.72
The 50-yard Freestyle was won by Freshman Kalia Antoniou with a time of 23.10, and Antoniou also place 3rd in the 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 51:41
Men’s 50-yard Freestyle was won by Robert Howard with a time of 19.83, and the 100-yard Freestyle was won by Laurent Bams with a time of 44.10.
Alabama took first, second, and third in the women’s 500-yard Freestyle. Kensey McMahon had a final time of 4:54.76, Alexis Preski had a final time of 4:59.67, and Leonie Kullmann had a final time of 5:00.49. Then, in the men’s 500-yard Freestyle Daniel Kober and Nico Hernandez-Tome placed first and second with times of 4:35.47 and 4:36.77.
Alabama Swimming and Diving will compete next at the Auburn Invitational on February 8th, 9th, and 10th. SEC championships begin Tuesday, February 19th.