Paige McCleary Sets School Records As Alabama Downs Emory On Senior Day

Photo Courtesy: Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, January 25. PAIGE McCleary broke the school record in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events on Saturday to lead the University of Alabama to a sweep of Emory on senior day. Alabama won 28 of 32 events to win both the women’s and men’s dual meets.

Alabama Press Release

The Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned easy victories over Emory on Senior Day in the Alabama Aquatic Center Saturday, with the Crimson Tide men winning 15 of 16 events while the UA women won 13 of 16 events on the day.

Alabama’s women won their meet 178-110 while the men won 196-92. In addition to being Senior Day, Saturday was also the Tide’s Power of Pink meet, which is part of the Alabama Athletics Department’s breast cancer awareness initiative.

On the women’s side of things, senior Paige McCleary went out without a splash, closing out her home career by breaking both the school record off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards. She scored 377.70 to break Carrie Dragland’s 2012 3-meter mark and she posted a 325.88 to break Lane Bassham’s 2004 record.

Senior Katie Schroeder won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:06.38 while junior Kaylin Burchell posted a 4:24.81 to win the 400 individual medley.

Junior Kristel Vourna showed some range by winning the 200 freestyle with a 1:51.72 while distance ace Bonnie Macdonald showed some speed, winning the 100 butterfly with a 57.66. Sophomore Emma Saunders took first in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes with times of 55.89 and 2:00.33, respectively. Sophomore Justine Panian won the 50 freestyle after posting a 23.95.

Freshman Leah Bird won the 500 freestyle with a 5:04.36 while sophomore Stephanie Klotz won the 200 breaststroke after posting a 2:18.03.

The Tide women opened the meet with sophomore Michele Rielly, freshman Bridget Blood, Bird and Panian combining to win the 400 medley relay while Vourna, Panian, freshman Bailey Scott and Saunders came together to post the top time in the 400 freestyle relay.

On the men’s side of the meet, senior Cameron Conners won the 100 breaststroke with a 55.95 while classmate Hunter Hinson won the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:51.65

Freshman Anton McKee won the 1,000 freestyle (9:21.99) as well as the 500 freestyle (4:32.10). Freshman Kristian Gkolomeev, swimming in only his second meet for the Crimson Tide after arriving on campus at the start of the spring semester, won his second 50 freestyle title with a time of 20.33.

Freshman Brent Sagert scored victories off both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with scores of 336.90 and 380.10, respectively.

Sophomore Crews Wellford won the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 46.13 and 1:40.54, respectively. Freshman Szymmy Day won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:02.25, while freshman Alex Gray won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.55. Freshman Connor Oslin won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.61 while junior Ian Decker touched the wall at 4:00.35 in the 400 individual medley.

Alabama’s men opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay when Oslin, Mckee, sophomore Brett Walsh and senior BJ Hornikel combined for a time of 3:13.99 and closed the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relays when Walsh, Hornikel, senior Vlad Caciuc and Gkolomeev touched the wall with a 2:56.21.

Alabama closes out the regular season in Athens, Ga., site of the 2014 SEC Championships, against Georgia on Saturday, at 11 a.m. ET.

Emory Press Release

Despite a number of strong performances on Saturday afternoon, the Emory University Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams were each defeated by the NCAA Division I University of Alabama at the Don Gambril Olympic Pool in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Emory’s top-ranked women fell by a final score of 178-110 to the 24th-ranked Crimson Tide, while the third-ranked Emory men dropped a 196-92 decision to Alabama.

Emory swimmers combined to finish first in four events and record 10 NCAA ‘B’ cut times during the meet. The lone first-place finish from the Emory men came from sophomore Jared Scheuer, who won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.39. Sophomore Andrew Wilson added a ‘B’ cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 57.07 seconds, while the 400-yard medley relay team of senior Ross Spock, Wilson, junior Hayden Baker and senior Jake Stephens finished second in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 3:20.44.

For the Emory women, freshman Annelise Kowalsky won the 100-yard breaststroke with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:04.29, while junior McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg finished first in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:21.36, and junior Nancy Larson claimed a victory in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.97 seconds.

Sophomore Ellie Thompson added a pair of individual ‘B’ cut times in both the 100-yard backstroke (second place, 57.37 seconds) and the 200-yard backstroke (third place, 2:05.52), while junior Megan Beach added a provisional time of her own in the 400-yard individual medley (seventh-place, 4:36.03) and both senior Kylie McKenzie (third-place, 2:23.93) and sophomore Elizabeth Aronoff (fourth-place, 2:24.16) notched ‘B’ cut times in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Emory also had NCAA provisional qualifying times in both of the day’s relays, as Thompson, Kowalsky, freshman Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe and Larson finishing third in the 400-yard medley relay with a mark of 3:47.97, and freshman Claire Liu, freshman Marissa Bergh, junior Dana Holt and Larson claiming second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:31.40.

With the loss, the Emory men fell to 2-5 on the season, while the women dropped to 3-4. Meanwhile, the Alabama men improved to 3-2, with the women raising their record to 5-1.

Emory will take part in its final dual meet of the 2013-14 season next weekend, when the Eagles return home to the Madeleine Jude Brown Aquatic Center to host the University of the South at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 1st.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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