Alabama men’s swimmer Robert Howard became the first Alabama swimmer to finish under 1:33.00 in the 200 freestyle on Thursday. In the final of the 200 freestyle, Howard finished fourth with a 1:32.76, a new school record.

“Robert gave it his all tonight and got after it,” coach Dennis Pursley said in a press release. “He swam tough at the end to get under the record and add to an already strong showing.”

The senior from Alexander City, Ala. has had a strong week for the Crimson Tide. Howard posted four top-four finishes, with three SEC titles including the 200 freestyle and medley relays. Junior Kyle Mass also broke a long standing record on Thursday. His career best finish of 3:45.29 in the 400 individual medley initially broke the record set by Peter Berndt in 1986. That record was not held very long as freshman Nicholas Perera shaved another 1.65 off the new school record finishing the 400 individual medley with a 3:43.64.

“Breaking that 400 IM record was long overdue,” Pursley said. “And to have a freshman go that far under the old mark is exciting.”

Robert Howard and the rest of the Crimson Tide will look to finish strong as the SEC Championship goes into day four today in Athens, Ga. The Prelims get underway at 10 a.m CT while the finals start at 6 p.m. CT

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