Alabama Men’s Swimming and Diving Beats Auburn For First Time In Eight Seasons

MWSD vs Delta State Walker Spence Photo by Jake Arthur 9/14/18 MWSD vs Delta State Walker Spence Photo by Jake Arthur
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama swimming and diving men beat Auburn Friday afternoon, 160-140, in the Alabama Aquatic Center. It was the Crimson Tide men’s first win over the Tigers in dual meet competition since October 2010.


“This is something that our men have been trying to do for a number of years,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “It was a fun meet for them and a real plus for our program. It was truly a team effort. One of the ways we look at a performance is, ‘Did we win the close races?’ and we did that today. Whether it was between first and second or fifth and sixth, we found a way in most cases to get our hand on the wall first.”

Alabama surged to an early lead by winning the first relay and then six of the next eight individual races. Junior Zane Waddell combined with seniors Laurent Bams, Knox Auerbach and Robert Howard to open the meet with a decisive 400 medley relay win. Howard (200 freestyle), Waddell (100 backstroke) and Bams (100 breaststroke) then won three individual races in a row. Howard also won the 50 freestyle while Bams added 100 freestyle win to his tally.

Freshman Spencer Walker, who was second in the 100 backstroke, chipped in a win of his own in the 200 backstroke.

From that point, Auburn started to close the gap, winning three-straight races as well as both springboard diving events.

With one individual race left before the final relay, freshman Nicholas Perera all but slammed the door on the Tigers with a dominant win in the 400 individual medley.

Waddell, Bams, sophomore Sam DiSette and Howard then closed out the meet, and the Tigers, by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

A year after snapping a drought of their own with a win at Auburn, the Alabama women fell to the Tigers 188-110.

“When our women beat Auburn last year, it was maybe the biggest upset of the season in the NCAA,” Pursley said. “We knew they were going to come in here looking for payback, and on paper they were considerably stronger than we are at this point. But the final score was closer than the seedings predicted. I was really pleased with the way our women competed despite being overmatched.”

Senior Justine Macfarlane led the Crimson Tide with wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She led a 1-2 sweep in the 100 breaststroke when senior Sarah Helm took second. Freshman Rhyan White, Macfarlane, sophomore Flora Molnar and freshman Kalia Antoniou opened the meet with a win in the 400 medley relay.


  1. Tom Musch

    Nice job Spencer.

  2. Gian Alessandro

    No Hugo Gonzalez. No Zach Apple. No Brett Hawke

  3. avatar

    Roll Tide Roll!

    • Emily Maggio

      Maribeth Aumiller Tulenko yikes!!

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    Bama Fan

    Roll Tide Roll!