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Tide's Bailey Scott Scores at Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, Earning All-America Honors...

on 3/17/2017 08:00:00 AM

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The Alabama women's swimming and diving team got on the scoreboard during its first day of competition at the NCAA Championships when junior Bailey Scott scored in the 50 freestyle.

"This was Bailey's first time to final and score at the NCAA Championships and she represented herself and the team very well today,"
UA head coach Dennis Pursley said.

The first Crimson Tide woman to go under 22 seconds in the 50 freestyle, Scott has now accomplished that feat three times, including twice today. She posted a 21.99 in finals to tie for 13th place. In prelims, the Belden, Miss., native posted a time of 21.95 to earn a place in the B final. Her finish also earned Scott Honorable Mention All-America recognition, the first such honor of her career.

\While this is Scott's third trip to the NCAA championships, it was her first individual race and her first time at the national championships since redshirting the 2015-16 season following shoulder surgery. She lowered her own school record at the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this season, posting a 21.84, for the first sub-22 50 freestyle in school history.

"Bailey has kind of picked up where she left off at the SEC championships,"
Pursley said. "That was kind of a breakout meet for her, so to be able to come back a month later and repeat that kind of success, it isn't always easy when you've taken a big step like she has, but she was able to get into finals and score, which was big."

In other preliminary action, the 400 medley relay of sophomores Katie Coughlin and Emma Murray combined with junior Hannah Musser and Scott to take 25th place with a time of 3:36.35. In the 500 freestyle, Junior Mia Nonnenberg was 62nd after touching the wall in a time of 4:49.08.

In 30th place after Thursday's events, the Tide returns to action on Friday with Nonnenberg swimming the 400 individual medley and Coughlin, Murray, Musser and Scott combining for the 200 medley relay. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. ET while finals start at 6 p.m. ET.

"With Bailey's swims and Emma stepping up on the relay, we had some good swims this morning and as always we hope to keep that going," Pursley said. "We've got some comparable opportunities tomorrow. It's another day when all five of the girls will be competing, so we hope the momentum from our first day will carry forward."


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