Swimming & Diving
The University supports both men’s and women’s programs in the sports of swimming and diving. The school has had frequent individual success in this sport.
University of Alabama swimmer Alex Coci had his moment in the spotlight Monday at the 2012 London Olympics. Competing for Romania, he swam in the second heat of the men’s 200-meter butterfly. With a time of 1 minute, 59.67 seconds, Coci finished fifth out of eight swimmers in his heat.
In her first swim as an Olympian, Alabama junior Kristel Vourna advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday at the Aquatic Centre in London.
Alabama swimmer Kristel Vourna reached the semifinals in her first Olympic race Saturday in London, but she fell short hours later of advancing to the finals of the 100-meter butterfly. Swimming for Greece, Vourna finished seventh out of eight swimmers in the second of two semifinal heats. Her time of 58.31 seconds. That time was better than three swimmers who competed in the first heat. So the 20-year-old finished 12th in the competition. The top eight swimmers will compete for medals on Sunday.
Kristel Vourna, one of only two current University of Alabama athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics, experienced some success Saturday on the first day of swimming competition. The 20-year-old, who is competing for Greece, advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter butterfly in her Olympic debut. She will compete in the semifinals later on Saturday.
Vlad Polyakov, one of six Olympic athletes with University of Alabama connections, competed Saturday in the pool at the 2012 London Games. Swimming for Kazakhstan, Polyakov finished third in his heat in the preliminaries of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and failed to advance to the semifinals.
For Crimson Tide head swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley, the week that follows Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London marks the culmination of four years of intensive, planning, preparation and hard work.
Alabama alum says a new swimming facility is in the planning stages.
Before starting his new job at his alma mater as the Alabama swimming and diving coach, Hall of Famer Dennis Pursely will coach Great Britain’s swim team to what he believes could be “the best Olympics that British swimming has ever seen.”
The Crimson Tide won five meets, which was five more than it won the previous season.
For the second consecutive year, Alabama swimmer Kyle Weeks has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Olympian and All-American Mike Davidson has been named to the Alabama swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach Crimson Tide head coach Dennis Pursley announced this week.
All-American and Academic All-American Lisa Ebeling has been named to the Alabama swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach, Crimson Tide head coach Dennis Pursley announced this week.
Alabama swimmer Kyle Weeks was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Teams, selected by the College of Sports Information Directors of America this week.
Former world record holder and NCAA Champion Jonty Skinner is returning to the University of Alabama to join head swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley’s staff it was announced Tuesday.
Swimming and Diving Head Coach Dennis Pursley Retains Pat Greenwell as the Crimson Tide’s Diving Coach
Alabama head swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley has announced that he has retained long-time Crimson Tide diving coach Pat Greenwell as a member of his staff.