Oct. 31, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won a Halloween meet in Columbia, S.C. Saturday in the Carolina Natatorium.
The Crimson Tide women beat the Gamecocks 191.5-108.5 to go to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Southeastern Conference competition while the Alabama meet won out over South Carolina, 166-132, to go to 2-1, 1-1 in the SEC. The Tide swept both the 400 medley and freestyle relays and won 17 individual events.
Freshman Katie Kelsoe and senior Emma Saunders led the way for the Tide women, swimming on winning relays as well as notching a pair of individual wins each. Kelsoe led off the winning 400 medley relay as well as taking first in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, touching the wall at 55.93 and 2:01.97, respectively. Saunders anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay and won the 100 and 200 freestyles, with times of 51.26 and 1:50.36, respectively.
Kelsoe, junior Bridget Blood along with sophomores Hannah Musser and Temarie Tomley combined to post a 3:45.68 to win the 400 medley relay. Sophomore Paige Matherson swept the distance freestyle events, winning the 1,000 with a 10:17.93 and the 500 with a 4:59.69.
Blood won the 100 breatstroke with a 1:03.74 while senior Stephanie Klotz took top honors in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:17.64. Sophomore Mia Nonnenberg won the 200 butterfly with a 1:59.61 and the 200 individual medley with a 2:02.76. Musser took top honors in the 100 butterfly with a 54.87.
Junior Connor Oslin paced the men, leading off the winning 400 medley relay as well as taking top honors in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. He won the 100 backstroke in 47.57, the 200 backstroke with a 1:47.26 and the 100 butterfly after touching the wall at 48.59.
Oslin, junior Pavel Romanov, senior Abbas Qali and junior Alex Gray combined to win the 400 medley relay to open the meet with a 3:15.70.
Sophomore Will Freeman won the 200 butterfly with a 1:50.06. Junior Kristian Gkolomeev won the 50 freestyle with a 20.19 and junior Anton McKee won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:00.43.
The Tide closed out the meet with wins in the 400 freestyle relays. Musser, Tomley, sophomore Lindsay Morrow and Saunders posted a 3:34.40 to win the women’s race while senior Crews Wellford, freshman Robert Howard, Gray and Gkolomeev combined for a 3:01.56 to win the men’s race.
The Tide returns to action Nov. 19-21 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
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