2017 SEC Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


The 2017 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships will come to a close tonight, as we’re get ready for the final night of action in Knoxville, Tennessee. Swimmers will compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 400 free relay, while the men’s divers will compete in the platform finals. Auburn and Alabama are closely matched in the men’s team battle for 3rd. Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri are still pretty close together, so the teams will all be battling for a top 5 spot behind Texas A&M and Georgia, who sealed the deal this morning to take 1st and 2nd respectively.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel will chase his own SEC Meet Record and Nathan Adrian’s Pool Record in the 100 free. The Kentucky women’s backstroke group, led by freshman Asia Seidt and reigning NCAA champ Danielle Galyer, will attemp a podium sweep in the 200 back, but Missouri’s Hannah Stevens and Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton are big title threats. The men’s 200 breast is another one of the top races to watch tonight, with Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt, Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Alabama’s Anton McKee, and South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen contending.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 15:53.50
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 16:30.59
  1. Ashley Neidigh, Auburn, 15:56.95
  2. Autumn Finke, Florida, 16:06.64
  3. Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia, 16:10.72

Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh and Arkansas’ Ayumi Macias were locked in battle for the 1st 500 of the mile, but Neidigh pulled ahead and never looked back as she won the gold with a personal best time by nearly 20 seconds in 15:56.95. Florida’s distance star Autumn Finke charged to a 16:06.64 to give the Florida women their first individual medal of the meet, taking silver in 16:06.64. Georgia’s Rachel Zilinskas (16:10.72) made her move on the last 500 to take bronze, finishing just ahead of Kentucky’s Kendal Casey (16:11.90).


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 14:44.43
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 15:30.39
  1. Akaram Mahmoud, South Carolina, 14:38.91
  2. Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida, 14:45.96
  3. Cody Bekemeyer, South Carolina, 14:49.09

South Carolina’s Akaram Mahmoud succesfully defended his SEC title in a blazing 14:38.91, clearing the NCAA ‘A’ cut by a long shot. His teammate, Cody Bekemeyer, had a big swim to give the Gamecocks 2 on the podium with his 14:49.09 behind Florida’s All-American Mitch D’Arrigo (14:45.96). Florida stacked up big points, with Andrew Brady (14:50.05) and Ben Lawless (14:51.03) taking 4th and 5th respectively.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:51.95
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:59.19
  1. Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 1:50.22
  2. Danielle Galyer, Kentucky, 1:51.17
  3. Hannah Stevens, Missouri, 1:51.41

Kentucky freshman Asia Seidt unleashed a blistering 1:50.22 to dominate a stacked 200 back field and win her first career SEC gold. She finished nearly a full second ahead of her teammate and reigning NCAA champ Danielle Galyer (1:51.17). Missouri’s Hannah Stevens made a big move on the final 50, winning bronze in 1:51.41 ahead of Tennessee’s Meghan Small (1:51.91). Texas A&M’s defending champ Lisa Bratton wound up 5th in 1:52.08.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:39.87
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:46.39
  1. Christopher Reid, Alabama, 1:39.64
  2. Connor Oslin, Alabama, 1:40.35
  3. Joe Patching, Auburn, 1:40.46

Alabama’s backstroke duo brought home a Crimson Tide 1-2, as Christopher Reid threw down a winning 1:39.64 to clear the NCAA ‘A’ cut and Connor Oslin picked up the silver with a quick 1:40.35 to out-touch Auburn’s defending SEC champ Joe Patching (1:40.46). Reid’s big move came on the back half, as he flipped with a 25.21 on the 3rd 50 and finished with a final 50 split of 24.96.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 47.69
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 49.99
  1. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 47.37
  2. Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia, 47.74
  3. Veronica Burchill, Georgia, 47.99

The Bulldogs swept the 100 free podium, with all 3 swimmers breaking the 48 second barrier. Reigning NCAA champ Olivia Smoliga led the way, winning gold and clearing the NCAA ‘A’ cut with her 47.37, followed by Chantal van Landeghem and freshman Veronica Burchill. Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello finished just off the podium, touching in 48.02 ahead of LSU’s Leah Troskot (48.53).


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 42.25
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 44.29
  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 41.24
  2. Michael Chadwick, Missouri, 41.95
  3. Kyle Decoursey, Tennessee, 42.07

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel was just over a tenth shy of his own Meet Record, but cleared Nathan Adrian’s Pool Record with his winning time of 41.24. Missouri’s Michael Chadwick blazed to a 41.95 for 2nd place, while Tennessee’s Kyle Decoursey nearly cleared the 42 second barrier himself to take bronze in 42.07.

Alabama’s Laurent Bams collected a 4th place finish with his 42.75, while Auburn teammates Zach Apple and Peter Holoda tied for 5th in 42.78. Notably, Alabama’s Zane Waddell turned in a 42.30 ti win the B-final, which was the 4th fastest time of the night.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 2:07.33
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:15.99
  1. Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:06.65
  2. Ashley McGregor, Texas A&M, 2:07.54
  3. Bethany Galat, Texas A&M, 2:08.09

The Aggies came right back with a podium sweep of their own, led by Sydney Pickrem with an NCAA ‘A” cut and new best time of 2:06.65.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:52.99
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:59.79
  1. Anton McKee, Alabama, 1:52.22
  2. Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina, 1:52.41
  3. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri, 1:52.61

The men’s 200 breast came down to the final 50, with 4 men all within a couple of tenths of each other. Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt held the lead, but Alabama’s Anton McKee made a big move on the final 50 to claim the SEC title in 1:52.22, just out-touching South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen (1:52.41). Narrowly behind was Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenshlogl, taking bronze in 1:52.61. Auburn’s Duderstadt held on for 4th place in 1:53.22.


  1. Juan Celaya Hernandez, LSU, 496.55
  2. Scott Lazeroff, Auburn, 461.00
  3. Tyler Henschel, Texas A&M, 435.40

LSU freshman Juan Celaya Hernandez secured the men’s platform title with an SEC Record score of 496.55. Rounding out the podium were Auburn’s Scott Lazeroff and Texas A&M’s Tyler Henschel, while Kentucky’s Sebastian Masterton just missed the top 3 with a score of 423.05.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:15.78
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:17.11
  1. Georgia, 3:12.19
  2. Texas A&M, 3:13.37
  3. Auburn, 3:14.84

Olivia Smoliga got the Bulldogs going with a 47.93 leadoff split, and teammate Chantal Van Landeghem brought it home with a 47.26 anchor split to win the race for Georgia. Texas A&M followed with Beryl Gastaldello clocking a 48.07 anchor split, while Auburn rounded out the medals, highlighted by a 48.31 split on the 2nd leg from freshman Julie Meynen.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 2:52.45
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:53.68
  1. Florida, 2:47.09
  2. Alabama, 2:49.68
  3. Auburn, 2:50.54

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel came up with a huge 40.20 split to give the Gators the lead on the 3rd leg, with Jan Switkowski bringing it home to complete the Florida men’s relay sweep. Alabama picked up the silver with a 42.25 from Christopher Reid on the 3rd leg, while Auburn brought home bronze after a 42.03 anchor split from Kyle Darmody.

Missouri’s Michael Chadwick had the 2nd fastest split of the field, throwing down a 41.48 on the 2nd leg.


  1. Texas A&M University             1304   2. Georgia, University of           1113
  3. Kentucky, University of           938   4. Tennessee, University of, Knox    855
  5. Auburn University                 849   6. Missouri, University of           786
  7. Florida, University of            624   8. Louisiana State University        550
  9. South Carolina, University of,    505  10. Alabama, University of            464
 11. Arkansas, University of, Fayet    284  12. Vanderbilt University             104


 1. Florida, University of         1271.5   2. Georgia, University of            985
  3. Auburn University               925.5   4. Alabama, University of            897
  5. Missouri, University of           771   6. Tennessee, University of, Knox  770.5
  7. Texas A&M University              759   8. South Carolina, University of,    696
  9. Louisiana State University        641  10. Kentucky, University of         481.5


*Editor’s Note: Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh.

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4 years ago

Is there any way to watch without a subscription to the SEC network?

E Gamble
Reply to  don
4 years ago

Not that I know. The videos will be up on youtube pretty quick. ☺

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

There appears to be no working link at ESPN. Can anyone else confirm please? Thanks

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

It’s been working now – finally. ESPN only showed a link to allow access after the meet started tonight

Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

Only replays

4 years ago

Great swim from Ashley Neidigh — and an even better reaction.
Congrats to her (and i’d imagine a very proud and happy big sister)

Huge Dave Salo Fan
Reply to  pianoback
4 years ago

I hear her sister has a thing for beisel

Iceage Swimmer
Reply to  pianoback
4 years ago

I love your name Pianoback!!!

E Gamble
4 years ago

Great swim for Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh! Woot Woot ?

Joe Finke
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

Ashley has been on fire these past couple of months. Congrats to her! My favorite moment though (and yes I’m biased) was her and Autumn after the race and on the podium. These two girls have been racing against each other since they were age-groupers at FLAGs aka JO’s. So great to see them together at their next-to-last collegiate meet!

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Joe Finke
4 years ago

Autumn did great too:)

Huge Dave Salo Fan
4 years ago

Lauren I’m really sorry, please approve my posts :'(

4 years ago

No Caeleb why go a 41.21 dont you know you’re going to make tons of people whine

E Gamble
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

We as swimming fans will never be satisfied. If he had swum a 39 this weekend, we would want a 38 at NCAAs. I don’t think he’s worried about what time we want. He’s swimming to win for his team first. He has repeated this in every interview since forever. ☺

4 years ago

The aggie women did not come to play!

About Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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