2017 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 18
- Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Knoxville, TN (Eastern Time Zone)
- Prelims 10AM / Finals 6PM
- Defending Champion: Florida men (4x), Texas A&M women (results)
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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.
WOMEN’S 1650 FREE
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 15:53.50
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 16:30.59
- Ashley Neidigh, Auburn, 15:56.95
- Autumn Finke, Florida, 16:06.64
- 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).
MEN’S 1650 FREE
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 14:44.43
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 15:30.39
- Akaram Mahmoud, South Carolina, 14:38.91
- Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida, 14:45.96
- 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.
WOMEN’S 200 BACK
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:51.95
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:59.19
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.
MEN’S 200 BACK
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:39.87
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:46.39
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.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 47.69
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 49.99
- Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 47.37
- Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia, 47.74
- 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).
MEN’S 100 FREE
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 42.25
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 44.29
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.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 2:07.33
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:15.99
- Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:06.65
- Ashley McGregor, Texas A&M, 2:07.54
- 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.
MEN’S 200 BREAST
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:52.99
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:59.79
- Anton McKee, Alabama, 1:52.22
- Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina, 1:52.41
- 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.
MEN’S PLATFORM DIVING
- Juan Celaya Hernandez, LSU, 496.55
- Scott Lazeroff, Auburn, 461.00
- 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.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE RELAY
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:15.78
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:17.11
- Georgia, 3:12.19
- Texas A&M, 3:13.37
- 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.
MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY
- NCAA ‘A’ cut: 2:52.45
- NCAA ‘B’ cut: 2:53.68
- Florida, 2:47.09
- Alabama, 2:49.68
- 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.
FINAL WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES
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
FINAL MEN’S TEAM SCORES
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.