Alabama Swimming and Diving Closes Dual Meet Season Saturday at Home with Auburn

Katie Windham

Staff member
Alabama Swimming and Diving Closes Dual Meet Season Saturday at Home with Auburn

The Crimson Tide celebrates Senior Day with a pre-meet ceremony before taking on the Tigers in Alabama’s final dual meet of the season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama swimming and diving teams will close the dual meet season with the Auburn Tigers Saturday at 10 a.m. CT in the Alabama Aquatic Center.

The Crimson Tide will also celebrate the 18 swimmers and divers who are in their senior season prior to the start of the meet. The men’s class includes Jonathan Berneburg, Cole Brown, Hunter Jaynes, Gil Kiesler, Kevin Li, Nicholas Perera, Tyler Sesvold and John Shelstad. The women’s senior contingent is made up of Kalia Antoniou, Halia Bower, Alli Boyd, Natalie Donkle, Morgan Liberto, Kensey McMahon, Morgan Scott, Ashley Voelkerding, Rhyan White and Cat Wright.

It will be the swimmers’ first collegiate competition since a strong showing at the Tennessee Invitational November 18-20, while the divers last competed at the Tennessee Diving Invitational Jan. 3-5. The Tide’s first dual meet of 2022, a meet at Georgia last Saturday, was canceled due to Covid issues within UGA’s program.

Last Time Out

  • Alabama posted a strong showing at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • The men’s and women's teams won 10 events each, with both winning three relays and seven individual golds
  • The Crimson Tide broke six school records during its weekend in Knoxville - four individual marks and two relay standards - while also putting 31 performances on UA's all-time top-10 lists
  • Alabama had four student-athletes earn six individual swims at the 2022 NCAA Championships
  • The Tide also saw the women's team garner automatic cuts in all five relays, while the men punched their tickets in three
  • In addition to 14 automatic cuts, the Tide also accumulated 78 NCAA provisional cuts while in Knoxville and 11 bids to the 2022 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, the diver's gateway to the NCAA Championships
  • The Tide’s diving contingent also competed at the Auburn Diving Invitational in December and the Tennessee Diving Invitational in early January, garnering numerous top-10 finishes across the two meets
The Tide Goes International

  • December saw five Crimson Tide student-athletes, along with associate head coach Ozzie Quevedo, take part in international meets
  • Rhyan White (United States), Kaique Alves (Brazil), Kalia Antoniou (Cyprus) and Diana Petkova (Bulgaria) all competed at the 2021 FINA World Championships in Abu Dhabi, while Mohamed Farouk (Egypt) dove at the FINA World Junior Diving championships in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • White took gold in the 200-meter backstroke and silver as part of Team USA’s 200-meter medley relay
  • With her finish in the 200m backstroke, White become the first UA woman to win gold at the World Championships
  • Alves brought back a bronze medal from Abu Dhabi as part of Brazil’s third-place 800-meter freestyle relay
  • Antoniou and Petkova combined for seven individual top-25 finishes at the World Championships
  • Farouk finaled off the platform in his last event at the World Junior Diving Championships

Up Next

  • With the dual meet season behind them, the Crimson Tide has just one meet, the Auburn Invitational Feb. 3-5, on its schedule before the start of the championship portion of it schedule

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