COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Alabama swimming and diving sophomore Kensey McMahon has been named to the United States National Team, USA Swimming announced on Wednesday.
McMahon earned her spot during the USA Summer National Championships when she took second in the 1,500-meter freestyle with a career-best 16:09.80, which ranks her in the top-16 in the world this year.
“We’re very proud of Kensey and the way she has continued to develop and get faster day-by-day,” UA head coach Coley Stickels said. “It’s always a tremendous honor to represent your country and to wear the stars and stripes on your cap. This is just the beginning for her, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for her.”
The Jacksonville, Fla., native earned All-America honors in her rookie season with the Crimson Tide after taking seventh at the NCAA Championships in the 1,650 freestyle with a school-record mark of 15:53.18. She was the only freshman to finish in the top 14 in the mile at the NCAA Championship and is the first UA woman to go under 16 minutes in the mile. She also broke the school record in the 1,000 freestyle as a rookie, going 9:37.62, nearly 10 seconds better than the previous record.
A member of the USA National Junior Team from 2016-19, McMahon competed for Team USA at the 2016 and 2018 Open Water World Juniors Championship. A three-year USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, she was a two-time USA Junior National Champion prior to joining the Crimson Tide in the fall of 2018.