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Alabama Swimming and Diving wins season opener

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark./CLEVELAND, Miss. – The Alabama men’s and women’s swim and dive teams opened the 2022-23 season against different schools in different states and at different times, but the result was the same, a Crimson Tide win Friday afternoon.

The Tide women opened their season by defeating Southeastern Conference rivals Arkansas, 161-139, in Fayetteville, Ark., while the men defeated Delta State, 186-101, in Cleveland, Miss.

The women won 10 of 14 individual competitions, with Rhyan White Leading with wins in 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley as a novice Ryleigh Rodgers won both diving events and Kensey McMahon won the 500 and 1,000 freestyles.

The men’s team took first place in 12 of 14 individual competitions and both relays. Charlie Hawke, Trey Sheils, Victor Johansson, Matt Menke and Derek Maas All touched the wall first in two singles events for a dominant performance for the UA men.

“It was great to open our season with wins for both the women’s and men’s teams. Our women earned a hard-fought win against a very well-prepared Arkansas team. We did our best and responded well. Our men did We made a great effort today in Delta State and found ways to improve together. We look forward to both teams playing South Carolina at home in October.”

Arkansas Pool Records

  • The Crimson Tide broke a trio of Arkansas natatorium records in Fayetteville
  • Rhyan White got the 100th and 200th spine mark (52.68 / 1: 51.81). Kalia Antoniou broke the 50 freestyle norm (22.49)
  • With the three records broken Friday, Alabama’s women now own five Arkansas Natatorium records, with Tide legend Anne Poleska still holding the 100 and 200 breaststroke marks (1:00.99 / 2:09.21) set in 2002

Alabama Wins – Women

  • Rhyan White Not only did she win the 100m backstroke (52.68) and 200m backstroke (1:51.81) in pool records, she also took the 200m individual medley title (1:59.98).
  • Kensey McMahon clinched the Crimson Tide’s first win of the season by winning the 1,000 meter freestyle (9:52.87) before coming back towards the end of the meet and winning the 500 meter freestyle (4:49.25).
  • In her Crimson Tide debut Ryleigh Rodgers won both the 3m (266.48) and 1m springboard events (264.00).
  • Kalia Antoniou (22.49) won the 50 freestyle in a record pool time Morgan Scott placed first in the 100 freestyle (48.64) and Cat Wright won the 200 breaststroke title (2:11.51).

Alabama wins – men

  • The Crimson Tide men opened their season by touching first in the 200-medley relay Matt Menke, Derek Maas, Ben Hines and Tim Korstanje Match to Win (1:28.20)
  • Charlie Hawke, Kaique AlvesMaas and Menke then ended the meeting with the best time in the 400m freestyle relay (2:59.84).
  • Hawke also posted best times in the 200 Butterfly (1:51.18) and 100 Freestyle (45.05).
  • Victor Johansson won the 1,000 freestyle (9:23.41) and 500 freestyle (4:30.82) to launch his Crimson Tide career
  • Trey Sheils won both the 100m breaststroke (55.88) and 200m breaststroke (2:06.89)
  • Maas achieved the best time over 100 m backstroke (48.61) and 100 m butterfly (48.90), Menke was the first to touch the wall over 50 m freestyle (20.58) and 200 m individual medley (1:49.19).
  • Eric Stelmar took first place in the 200 backstroke (1:49.32). Bernardo Bondra de Almeida won the 200m freestyle (1:41.23)


  • After opening their seasons in various locations on the road, the Alabama men and women will converge on October 15 to take on South Carolina in Tuscaloosa
  • The meeting begins at 10 a.m. CT at the Alabama Aquatic Center

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