The Crimson Tide won nine titles, including four on Saturday, the final day of the 2020 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn.
Kensey McMahon and Rhyan White took titles in the 1,650 freestyle and 200 backstroke, respectively, while Tanesha Lucoe, Tyler Sesvold, Zane Waddell, Jonathan Berneburg and Colton Stogner closed won the women’s platform diving and 400 freestyle relay titles, respectively.
Alabama’s men moved up into fourth place with 935.5 points, climbing two spots from last year and earning their best finish since also taking fourth in 2017. The Crimson Tide women took seventh place after totaling 748 points, jumping four places from last season and posting their best team finish since also finishing seventh in 2012.
Waddell, who won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke earlier in the week and took second in the 100 freestyle on Saturday, earned the SEC Commissioners Trophy as the individual high point scorer.
McMahon led the 1,650 freestyle. Her winning time of 15:43.74 bettered her school record by nearly 10 seconds, while her 9:29.35 over the first 40 laps dropped the school mark in the 1,000 freestyle by nearly seven seconds.
White, who broke the SEC and school record in prelims, won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.15, bettering the field by more than a second. Her 1:48.06 in prelims shaved a quarter of a second off the old SEC record and just shy of two seconds off her school record from the fall.
Lucoe tallied a school-record 338.75 in the women’s platform event to win the SEC title by more than 50 points.
Waddell was second in the 100 freestyle by just one-hundredth of a second, after posting a career-best 41.82.
The women’s 400 freestyle of Kalia Antoniou, Morgan Scott, Flora Molnar and White used a school record 3:12.29 to reach the podium in the women’s 400 freestyle relay, taking third place. Antoniou was seventh in the women’s 100 freestyle with a time of 47.71.
Liam Bell (1:52.93) and Derek Maas (1:53.15) both swam career-best times to take fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke. Matt Menke went 1:41.75 to finish fifth in the men’s 200 backstroke after posting a career-best 1:41.56 in prelims. Nico Hernandez-Tome dropped more than 15 seconds off his career-best time in the 1,650 freestyle, posting a 14:56.39 to finish sixth.