Alabama Swimmers Rhyan White, Kensey McMahon Will Return for Fifth Season

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Team USA swimmers Rhyan White and Kensey McMahon have announced they will remain at the University of Alabama for a fifth year.

The NCAA ruled anyone who had a season or postseason affected by the COVID-19 pandemic could apply for a fifth year of eligibility.

Both swimmers have helped Alabama rise into a trophy contender at the NCAA Championships.

White has been an All-American multiple years for the Crimson Tide and made the 2020 Olympic Team, competing in both backstroke events in Tokyo.

Unfinished business to take care of next year with @alabamaswimdive. I’m proud of how far I’ve come wearing that 🅰️ cap and blessed with the chance to put it on for a #5thyear. The best is yet to come!” White posted on Instagram.

White was the 2021 FINA Short Course World Champion in the 200 backstroke and part of the silver medal Team USA 200 medley relay.

At the Tokyo Olympics, White earned the silver medal on the 400 medley relay. At Alabama, she is a 10-time All-American. She was the 2021 SEC Swimmer of the Year.

McMahon made a similar post on Instagram: “Not ready to hang up the cap & goggles yet! Excited to continue on for #ONE more year with @alabamaswimdive.”

McMahon has earned All-American honors in the 1650 freestyle three times and 500 freestyle twice for Alabama.

In April, McMahon earned a top-10 finish in the 10-kilometer open water race at the 2022 United States Open Water Championships at Lynn Hall Beach Park in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., taking eighth overall and fifth among Americans.

With her finish at the U.S. Open Water Championships, McMahon earned a place on the U.S. Open Water National Team after previously earning a place on the U.S. Swimming National Team in the summer of 2019.

She will join Alabama teammate White at the World Championships. White qualified in the 200 backstroke at the International Team Trials last month.