Alabama’s Kensey McMahon Impresses at NCAA Championships
This weekend the 2022 NCAA women's swim and dive championships were held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Crimson Tide competed fiercely, finishing with the final score of 288 total points.
Alabama senior, Kensey McMahon, is one of the Tide's most experienced swimmers, and has been a great competitor since her freshman season.
McMahon, from the start of her career at Alabama, has progressed forward. She has been a great competitor for the Crimson Tide and for her teammates since her freshman year. Looking back at what she did for the Crimson Tide, her accolades are pretty impressive.
In 2019, McMahon finished seventh in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships, earning First Team All-American honors with a then school-record of 15:53.18. Her 1,000-meter freestyle split in the mile was (9:37.62) at the NCAA Championships which also set a school record, beating her previous mark by nearly ten seconds.
Dipping into the 2020 SEC championship, in the 1,650m freestyle, McMahon bested the field by more than seven seconds, becoming the first UA woman to win the mile at the conference championships. McMahon also broke the school record in the 500-meter freestyle (4:38.66), 1,000-meter freestyle (9:29.35) and 1,650-meter freestyle (15:43.74) at the SEC Championships.
In 2021 McMahon was named to the United States National Team and finished in the top-10 in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Finally, in 2022 McMahon made a big splash and bettered her school record in the 500-meter freestyle (4:38.34) at the SEC Championships. After entering the championships ranked 34th in the NCAA, McMahon exited the event as the fourth ranked swimmer.
McMahon has shown a lot of determination in how much she has improved, not only herself, but her teammates and coaches. The ability to go into a race and compete to her full potential is something to applaud. Despite being just 22 years old, McMahon has proven she has bright future and will certainly go on to achieve higher goals.