Alabama Adds 2022 Verbal from North Carolina 3A 200 IM State Champion Alison Thome

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NEW COMMIT: The University of Alabama has added a new verbal pledge to their growing class for the 2022-23 season and beyond from Alison Thome of Waxhaw, N.C.

She will join Lockett Bowley, Ana Fleming, Laci Black, Mackenzie BrandtKylee Grafmiller and Stella Grace Watts in Tuscaloosa as a member of Bama’s Class of 2026.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I’m beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Alabama! Big thanks to my friends, family, and coaches who supported me along the way! Roll tide❤️🐘”

A talented sprint freestyler and IMer, Thome does her club swimming with SwimMAC Caroline and most recently earned two best times at Cary Sectionals last month where her highest finish was a 15th-place showing in the 200 IM. She also had a great showing at the 18&U Winter Championships in December, notching four lifetime bests and posting six top-14 finishes.

Her best times include:

  • 200 IM – 2:02.64
  • 50 free – 23.84
  • 100 free – 51.28
  • 200 free – 1:50.46

Currently a junior at Cuthbertson High School, Thome won the 200 IM at the North Carolina 3A State Championships during her sophomore season. She placed sixth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 free during her rookie campaign, but was DQed in the 200 IM in 2021.

She has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors for her efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

The Crimson Tide is fresh off a historic season that included a fourth-place showing at the SEC Championships and a fifth-place finish at NCAAs. Alabama won the 4×100 freestyle relay at NCAAs, earning the school’s first-ever relay title in program history on the women’s side.

Margo Geer will replace Coley Stickels as head coach after the 2021 Olympic Games.

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