2017 SEC Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

  21 Lauren Neidigh | February 17th, 2017 | College, News, Previews & Recaps, SEC


Day 4 prelims at the 2017 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee bring competition in the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, and women’s platform diving. Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson and Georgia’s Chelsea Britt will headline the women’s 200 fly, while Georgia’s Chase Kalisz and Pace Clark are featured in the men’s version. Missouri’s Hannah Stevens and Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga are slated to swim the women’s 100 back. On the men’s side, Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak and Connor Oslin are among the top contenders. The Missouri men will field All-Americans Michael Chadwick and defending NCAA champ Fabian Schwingenschlogl in the 100 breast, but Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt will be there to challenge.


  1. Chelsea Britt, Georgia, 1:53.90
  2. Sarah Gibson, Texas A&M, 1:54.43
  3. Megan Kingsley, Georgia, 1:54.94
  4. Kara Kopcso, LSU, 1:56.86
  5. Bailey Nero, Auburn, 1:56.96
  6. Sharli Brady, Missouri, 1:57.02
  7. Alyssa Yambor-Maul, Florida, 1:57.34
  8. Michelle Cefal, Tennessee, 1:57.62

Georgia’s Chelsea Britt, a junior transfer from Florida State, swam a season-best 1:53.90 to lead 200 fly prelims, followed by Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (1:54.43). That puts them right next to each other in tonight’s final after their close 1-2 finish in the 100 fly. Britt probably has the best front half speed ofthe field, but Gibson will try to run her down on the back half.

Georgi’s Megan Kingsley was the only other swimmer to break 1:56 this morning, turning in a 1:54.94 for 3rd seed. Florida’s Alyssa Yambor-Maul will give the Gators their first championship final swim of the meet after qualifying 7th in 1:57.34.


  1. Chase Kalisz, Georgia, 1:42.37
  2. Jan Switkowski, Florida, 1:43.04
  3. Fynn Minuth, South Carolina, 1:43.09
  4. Gunnar Bentz, Georgia, 1:43.16
  5. Mark Szaranek, Florida, 1:43.49
  6. Pace Clark, Georgia, 1:43.52
  7. Mick Litherland, Georgia, 1:43.71
  8. Hugo Morris, Auburn, 1:43.82

Georgia’s Chase Kalisz and Florida’s Mark Szaranek will get on last showdown in tonight’s 200 fly final, as Kalisz led the way in 1:42.37 and Szaranek earned 5th seed for finals. The Bulldogs will make up half of the final, as Kalisz will be joined by Gunnar Bentz, Mick Litherland, and Pace Clark. Florida will also have multiple swimmers, with Jan Switkowski taking 2nd this morning.

Also in the medal hunt will be South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth, who qualified 3rd, and Auburn’s defending SEC champion Hugo Morris, who snuck in at 8th ahead of Kentucky’s Kyle Higgins (1:43.84).


  1. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 51.10
  2. Hannah Stevens, Missouri, 51.13
  3. Kira Toussaint, Tennessee, 51.56
  4. Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 51.66
  5. Nadine Laemmler, Missouri, 51.98
  6. Danielle Galyer, Kentucky, 52.02
  7. Emma Ball, Florida, 52.49
  8. Chelsea Britt, Georgia, 52.54

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga and Missouri’s Hannah Stevens were separated by just 3 hundredths this morning, turning in a pair of 51.1s. The Bulldogs have 2 in the final, with Chelsea Britt taking on a double this morning to squeak in at 8th. Stevens’ teammate Nadine Laemmler picked up another A-final slot for the Tigers at 5th.

Florida has another championship finalist tonight with freshman Emma Ball taking 7th this morning. The Kentucky women put 2 up, with freshman Asia Seidt taking 4th behind Tennessee All-American Kira Toussaint, and regining NCAA 200 back champ Danielle Galyer taking 6th.


  1. Connor Oslin, Alabama, 45.29
  2. Luke Kaliszak, Alabama, 45.64
  3. Taylor Dale, Georgia, 45.67
  4. Logan Rysemus, LSU, 46.27
  5. Karl Luht, LSU, 46.38
  6. Christopher Reid, Alabama, 46.43
  7. Brock Bonetti, Texas A&M, 46.62
  8. Daniel Hein, Missouri, 46.65

Alabama’s backstroke group came up huge for the Crimson Tide this morning, with Connor Oslin and Luke Kaliszak taking the top 2 seeds and Christopher Reid making it in at 6th. Georgia’s Taylor Dale posted a sub-46 to take 3rd seed, followed by LSU teammates Logan Rysemus and Karl Luht.

Georgia freshman Javier Acevedo just missed the final by hundredths, taking 9th in 46.66 behind Texas A&M’s Brock Bonetti and Missouri’s Daniel Hein.


  1. Jorie Caneta, Texas A&M, 59.78
  2. Bridget Blood, Alabama, 59.83
  3. Madison Winstead, Kentucky, 1:00.09
  4. Colleen Callahan, Tennessee, 1:00.20
  5. Ashley McGregor, Texas A&M, 1:00.28
  6. Natasha Lloyd, Auburn. 1:00.30
  7. Franko Jonker, Texas A&M, 1:00.44
  8. Colleen O’Neil, LSU, 1:00.66

Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta and Alabama’s Bridget Blood were the only 2 swimmers to break the minute barrier this morning. Kentucky’s Madison Winstead nearly accomplished that as well, turning in a minute flat for 3rd seed. The next 3 swimmers in were Tennessee’s Colleen Callahan, Texas A&M’s Ashley McGregor, and Auburn’s Natasha Lloyd, all turning in 1:00-lows.


  1. Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina, 51.58
  2. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri, 52.08
  3. Anton McKee, Alabama, 52.33
  4. Michael Duderstadt, Auburn, 52.46
  5. Michael Chadwick, Missouri, 52.76
  6. Peter Stevens, Tennessee, 52.81
  7. Chandler Bray, Florida, 53.03
  8. Pavel Romanov, Alabama, 53.06

South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen turned in an NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 51.58 to lead prelims, making him the 2nd fastest swimmer in the nation this year. Defending NCAA champion Fabian Schwingenschlogl picked up 2nd seed, while defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt took 4th seed behind Alabama’s Anton McKee. Missouri’s Michael Chadwick will challenge for a medal after taking 5th, and Tennessee’s Peter Stevens looks for redemption as the 6th seed after taking a DQ in this race last season.

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Mitch has been looking better everyday, with the added warmth of his parka. Seen him wearing 3 today to stay extra warm incase he needs to swim the fly on Florida medley relay. Switkowski looks good but D’riggo is unbeatable when in parka form

No way Auburn beats Georgia now

Does AUburn have to worry about being caught from behind?

UF GOLD, UGA SILVER, AU BRONZE, BAMA 4th but 5th-9th is an interesting scramble for tidbits on the Men’s side. On the Women’s side it is good to see AU bouncing back after a tough year and great to see Kentucky continue to progress.

Interesting decision for South Carolina to put Minuth in the 200 fly rather than the mile. Swimoff for 16th in the 100 back between sophomores Bayley Main of Florida and Joey Reilman of Tennessee. Main ends up winning in 46.57 which would have put him in the A final if he’d have done it the first time. Kalisz has another epic battle ahead tonight, but this time, I think it’s Switkowski, not Szaranek, that will give him the most problems, especially after that 45.5 100 fly last night.

Agreed with Switowski being the real threat in that 2Fly. Its probably Jan’s best event

Seeing as he’s a world championship medalist in the event, best may be an understatement

Minuth was/is originally a flyer if that explains it better for you


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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She's currently working on her Ph.D. in Criminology at Florida State University, but seems exceptionally confused about which team she should be cheering for during the college football season. Lauren hopes to pursue …

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