Alabama men’s swimming and diving earn eighth consecutive top-15 finish at NCAA championship
ATLANTE – The Alabama men’s swimming and diving team took 14and place at the NCAA Championships held at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia this week, moving up one spot from a year ago and totaling his eighth consecutive national top-15 finish.
The Alabama men have now totaled 41 top-25s since taking 19and place in 1974. The Crimson Tide’s national finish followed a second-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships, its best since 1987.
Alabama clinched its national top 15 by taking 14and in the final event of the competition, the 400 freestyle relay. Kaique Alves used a career-best 42.52 in first place and was followed by Jonathan Bernebourg, Derek Maas and Matt Menkestopping the clock at 2:49.16.
With its arrival in the 400 freestyle relay, Alabama scored in all five national championship relays for the first time since 2016.
The Tide opened Saturday’s finals with two races in the 200 backstroke. Matt Menke recorded a career-best time in the preliminaries (1:40.19) to earn a spot in the final, then came back with another career-best time (1:40.02) to advance to 14and place in the set. Jake Marcum also secured a place in the final and used a 1:40.66 to earn a spot on the night, taking 15th place.
Alabama head coach Margo Geer Noted
“I’m so proud of this team and everything they’ve done to come in tonight and end this season with another top 15 finish. We knew it would take a full team effort and that’s what we did. achieved, scoring the five stints to work for each individual point, the Crimson Tide never stopped fighting.and in the country, we look forward to building on the momentum of this season and continuing it into next year.”
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