Olympic medalist Rhyan White takes her 5th year of NCAA eligibility in Alabama

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Rhyan White announced on her Instagram today that she will be spending her 5th year of NCAA eligibility with Alabama. The 5th year of eligibility was granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfinished business to be settled next year with @alabamaswimdive. I’m proud of how far I’ve come wearing this cap 🅰️ and I’m lucky to put it on for a #5th year. The best is yet to come!” – Rhyan White

White has been nothing short of exceptional for the Crimson Tide, holding SEC records in the women’s 100 and 200 backstroke. She was the highest-rated SEC swimmer at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Championships, totaling 48 points on a pair of 2nd-place finishes in the backstroke events and 5th in the 100 butterfly.

Last season, White won the 100 and 200 at the SEC championships and helped the Alabama 200 medley and 400 medley relays to victory. She went on to finish 3rd in the 200 backstroke, 4th in the 100 backstroke and 10th in the 100 butterfly at the 2022 NCAAs. White also helped the UA 200 medley relay to 4th and the 400 medley to 6th.

Outside of her accomplishments in the NCAA, White has become one of America’s top backstops. She qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and would end up finishing 4th in both races in Tokyo. She also swam backstroke in the women’s 4×100 medley relay preliminaries. The American relay would take silver in the final, giving White her first Olympic medal.

At the 2021 FINA SC World Championships, White claimed her first world title by winning the women’s 200m backstroke. She also competed in the United States Women’s 4×50 Medley Relay, which won silver.

As one of the top female swimmers in the SEC and one of the top American backstroke swimmers, White must help Alabama to another string of great team performances at the 2023 SEC and NCAA Championships.

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