Alabama Closes 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships with First National Relay Title, Takes Fifth Overall to Tie Best Ever Team Finish
GREENSBORO, Ala. – Alabama closed the 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships like a freight train, blowing past the competition in the meet’s final event, the 400 freestyle relay, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center to win its first-ever national relay title with a school record 3:09.78. The win cemented the Crimson Tide’s fifth-place team finish, tying for the best in school history.
Morgan Scott, Kalia Antoniou, Flora Molnar and Cora Dupre combined to post a school record 3:09.78 to win the 400 freestyle relay by more than half a second.
The Crimson Tide’s relay title closed a phenomenal week-long showing that ended with Alabama tying its best ever showing at the NCAA Championships, taking fifth place with a school-record 266 points. Alabama bettered its previous high-point total by more than 80 points.
In addition to tying its best NCAA Championships finish since 1983, it was the Crimson Tide’s first top-25 finish since 2005 and first in the top-10 since 1994.
Rhyan White continued a huge championships run, grabbing her second silver medal of the weekend, taking second in the 200 backstroke with a 1:48.99. Alabama put three swimmers in the big final of the 100 freestyle, with Scott taking fourth with a school record 47.48, followed by Antoniou with a 47.64 in fifth and Dupre taking seventh with a 47.72. Kensey McMahon picked up her second top-eight NCAA Championships finish in the 1,650 freestyle, moving up to sixth with a 16:00.62, after taking seventh place as a freshman in 2019.
“Oh my gosh, what a night, what a week, what a season. We are so proud of these ladies and all they put into this team and each other. They truly competed for each other and the team and were focused on making this an amazing experience for all involved. To win our first-ever relay title, to score the most team points and tie the highest NCAA finish in school history … those are all amazing accomplishments, but when you throw them all together, we’re just so proud.”
- With the women’s championships in the books, the Crimson Tide send a contingent of 10 to Greensboro for the next week’s NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
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