Alabama Swimmers and Divers Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials
Former Alabama standout diver Aaron Fleshner finished the 2016 United States Olympic Diving Trials with a pair top-10 finishes while four past and present Crimson Tide swimmers opened the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
Fleshner combined with University of Miami diver Briadam Herrera to take third in the synchronized 3-meter springboard event. The duo was sixth after prelims and semifinals, scoring 346.68 and 382.23, respectively, before jumping up to third in the finals after scoring a 377.28 in the final round. The duo’s combined 1106.19 over three round earned Fleshner and Herrera second alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.
In addition to taking third off the synchro 3-meter event, Fleshner also earned his third consecutive top-10 U.S. Olympic Trials finish off the 3-meter board. The eight-time All-American improved with each round, moving from 13th after prelims (357.45 points), to 11th place after semifinals (374.25 points) to 10th in finals (406.80 points) with a combined score of 1138.50.
Current swimmers Mia Nonnenberg, Taylor Charles and Carl Madden along with 2014 senior Cameron Conners all competed on day one of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha Sunday. Nonnenberg finished 13th in the 400-meter individual medley with a school-record time of 4:43.87.
On the men’s side of the slate, Charles took 74th in the 400-metere individual medley in a time of 4:32.08 while Madden took 71st in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:59.84. Conners was 62nd in the 100-meter breaststroke.
The Tide has a full slate on Monday, the Trials’ second day. All-Americans Luke Kaliszak, Connor Oslin and Crews Wellford, along with the brother and sister tandem of Jacob Kelsoe and Katie Kelsoe, will swim the 100 backstroke. Oslin was the 2016 NCAA runner- and the two-time defending Southeastern Conference champion in the 100 backstroke. All-Americans Matthew Adams and Alex Gray, as well as Knox Auerbach, will swim the 200-meter freestyle, while All-American Bridget Blood and Stephanie Klotz will swim the 100-meter breaststroke.