Former Alabama Swimmer Stacy Potter Inman Recognized as SEC Women’s Legend
This week, the Southeastern Conference announced what fans of Alabama swimming and diving already knew – Stacy Potter, now Stacy Inman, is a legend.
Inman, who lives in Texas these days, will be honored as a Southeastern Conference Women’s Legend, along with the rest of the 2017 class at the upcoming SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 1-5 in Greenville, S.C.
More than 20 years after her last race in for the Crimson Tide, Inman was surprised to get the call about this latest honor.
“I couldn’t fathom it,” Inman said. “It wasn’t something I ever thought of as a possibility.”
Inman will be honored during halftime of Alabama’s first game of the tournament. All 14 legends will also be honored as a group, as well as participate in an autograph session during the tournament.
“This is a tremendous honor for our program,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “Stacy is one of the all-time greats, helping lead this program to national recognition in the 1990s. The marks she posted during her career still rank among our all-time top 10 all these years later. We’re very proud of what she accomplished, and to have her represent us as an SEC Legend.”
Originally from Americus, Ga., Inman was Alabama’s most valuable performer in 1993, 1994 and 1995, leading Alabama to back-to-back top-10 finishes in 1993 and 1994 and a top-15 finish in 1995.
One of the league’s best sprinters during her Crimson Tide tenure, Inman finished her University of Alabama career as the school record holder in the 50 and 100 freestyles as well as the 100 backstroke and butterfly. She was also a part of Alabama’s school record setting 200 and 400 medley and 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
“My favorite memories came from the SEC Championships,” Inman said. “Each year, we’d all come together, the men’s and the women’s teams, for that meet. It was such a great time for me. We’d come together and compete for each other, and that was especially true with the relays. Even now, when I’m watching the Olympics, that’s my favorite part, the relays and the teamwork that goes into it.”
Alabama swimming and diving’s “Swimmer of the 1990s,” Inman finished her UA career as a 22-time All-American. She broke the SEC record in the 100 butterfly, and was the 1995 NCAA Runner-up in the 100 butterfly. Her school record in the 100 backstroke stood for 20 years, from 1994 to 2014.
Inman and her husband Jason and their three children live in Pottsboro, Texas, where she teaches first grade. While her competitive career is behind her, she still works out regularly, a routine that included regular trips to the pool until the last few years when time became a factor.
“I just don’t have the time to get to the pool each week,” Inman said. “But when I did, I would think about swimming at Alabama, and even now, when I’m thinking about form and technique while I’m working out, it can take me back.”