2017 SEC Championships: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap


The final day of prelims of the 2017 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee will take place this morning. Today’s prelims lineup includes the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 1650 free, and men’s platform diving. Missouri’s Hannah Stevens will headline the women’s 200 back, while Alabama’s Connor Oslin is featured in the men’s version. Florida standout Caeleb Dressel will take on the 100 free alongside Missouri’s Michael Chadwick, as will Georgia’s defending NCAA champ Olivia Smoliga in the women’s race.


  1. Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 1:51.52
  2. Lisa Bratton, Texas A&M, 1:51.68
  3. Danielle Galyer, Kentucky, 1:51.81
  4. Ali Galyer, Kentucky, 1:51.82
  5. Hannah Stevens, Missouri, 1:53.55
  6. Meghan Small, Tennessee, 1:53.57
  7. Bridgette Alexander, Kentucky, 1:53.78
  8. Micah Bohon, Tennessee, 1:54.04

As expected, the Kentucky women set up a huge points haul in the 200 back, making up half of the final. Freshman Asia Seidt is the top seed, sisters Danielle Galyer and Ali Galyer were just a hundredth apart to take 3rd and 4th seed, and Bridgette Alexander swam in at 7th. Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton and Missouri’s Hannah Stevens got in at 2nd and 5th respectively, and will look to keep the Wildcats from sweeping the podium.


  1. Carter Griffin, Missouri, 1:40.68
  2. Connor Oslin, Alabama, 1:40.94
  3. Joe Patching, Auburn, 1:41.04
  4. Christopher Reid, Alabama, 1:41.19
  5. Peter Fredriksson, Auburn, 1:41.99
  6. Jay Litherland, Georgia, 1:42.07
  7. Joey Reilman, Tennessee, 1:42.09
  8. Brock Bonetti, Texas A&M, 1:42.29

Alabama’s Connor Oslin will seek a backstroke sweep tonight after qualifying 2nd behind Missouri’s Carter Griffin, They were the only 2 men in the 1:40-range this moring, but Auburn’s defending SEC champ Joe Patching wasn’t far off to take 3rd seed. Alabama and Auburn will each have 2 in the final, qualifying Christopher Reid and Peter Fredriksson respectively.


  1. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 47.74
  2. Beryl Gastaldello, Texas A&M, 48.07
  3. Veronica Burchill, Georgia, 48.20
  4. Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia, 48.40
  5. Kristin Malone, Texas A&M, 48.50
  6. Julie Meynen, Auburn, 48.51
  7. Leah Troskot, LSU, 48.55
  8. Maddy Banic, Tennessee, 48.87

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga will look for her 2nd SEC title of the meet tonight after posting the only sub-48 time in prelims. She’ll be joined in the final by teammates Chantal Van Landeghem and Veronica Burchill. Texas A&M’s Beryl Gastaldello and Kristin Malone earned their finals spots at 2nd and 5th respectively. Tennessee’s Maddy Banic, the 2017 SEC 50 free champ, snuck in at 8th.

Just missing the final with a 9th place finish was Florida freshman Sherridon Dressel (49.11).


  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 41.51
  2. Kyle Decoursey, Tennessee, 42.23
  3. Michael Chadwick, Missouri, 42.32
  4. Peter Holoda, Auburn, 42.45
  5. Lauren Bams, Alabama, 42.65
  6. Robert Howard, Alabama, 42.85
  7. Zach Apple, Auburn, 42.96
  8. Cory Bolleter, Texas A&M, 43.04

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel qualified as the top seed in the 100 free with ease, turning in 20.05 on the way to a final time of 41.51. He’ll be chasing his own Meet Record of 41.07 and Nathan Adrian’s Pool Record of 41.39 in the final.

Tennessee’s Kyle Decoursey, Missouri’s Michael Chadwick, and Auburn’s Peter Holoda were the next fastest in with a trio of 42-lows. It took a 43.04 to make the final, with Alabama freshman Zane Waddell (43.05) just missing the cutoff by a hundredth.


  1. Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:07.93
  2. Ashley McGregor, Texas A&M, 2:09.10
  3. Franko Jonker, Texas A&M, 2:09.68
  4. Esther Gonzalez Medina, Texas A&M, 2:09.99
  5. Kersten Dirrane, South Carolina, 2:10.46
  6. Meaghan Raab, Georgia, 2:10.54
  7. Emily Cameron, Georgia, 2:10.77
  8. Bethany Galat, Texas A&M, 2:10.84

Texas A&M loaded up the 200 breast final, taking 5 of the top 8 spots led by Sydney Pickrem in 2:07.93. That shaved 3 hundredths off her previous best 2:07.96 from the 2016 SEC meet. Defending SEC champ Bethany Galat (2:10.84) snuck in for the Aggies at 8th, just edging out Kentucky’s Kendra Crew, who took 9th in 2:11.08.


  1. Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina, 1:53.61
  2. Anton McKee, Alabama, 1:53.99
  3. James Guest, Georgia, 1:54.63
  4. Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Missouri, 1:54.88
  5. Michael Duderstadt, Auburn, 1:55.16
  6. Silas Dejean, LSU, 1:55.25
  7. Jonathan Tybur, Texas A&M, 1:55.61
  8. Chandler Bray, Florida, 1:55.92

South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen turned in another impressive prelims swim to take top seed ahead of Alabama’s Anton McKee. Those 2 were the only men under 1:54 this morning, followed by Georgia’s James Guest and Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl with a pair of 1:54s. Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt qualified 5th, and will challenge for a sweep of the breaststroke races tonight.

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6 years ago

Just wondering, shouldn’t the last 25 of a 100 free faster then the middle two because it’s to a hand touch.

Sea Monster
Reply to  50free
6 years ago

If traveling at the same speed yes, but the last 25 is so incredibly painful that that’s not always the case

Reply to  50free
6 years ago

Should is the operative word. However, most 100s are swum with increasing 25 split times.

6 years ago

Anyone know how 1650 free is going?

Reply to  Todd
6 years ago

D’Arrigo is sitting 1st with a 14:45, Bekemeyer of South Carolina is 2nd at 14:49, and Andrew Brady of Florida dropped 18 seconds off his best to go 14:50 and sit 3rd.

6 years ago

So they had Rooney scratch the 100 free for the 200 back and he’s in the B final now when he could’ve made the A final in 100 free. Sad face.
On a brighter note Dressel went a 41.5. I’m predicting a 40.7-40.9 in finals if he really did swim the 41.5 “with ease”

E Gamble
Reply to  Person
6 years ago

So you’re predicting that he will be slower than his 40:46 from last year?

6 years ago

Breaststroke practice with the lady Aggies must be a brawl every day!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Rooney out of the 200 back A-Final
No comment.

E Gamble
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Ok. Let me take a guess? Why is Rooney swimming the 200 back?? My guess is that they were trying to match and stay ahead of Georgia. It was strategic. Georgia has two swimmers in the B final and now so does Florida. I would have loved to have seen what Rooney could have done in the 100 free considering it only took a 42 plus to make it back.

Gator Chomp
Reply to  E Gamble
6 years ago

He will probably lead off the relay tonight.

Reply to  Gator Chomp
6 years ago

That’s my thought too. Rooney/Szaranek/Switkowski/Dressel

Reply to  E Gamble
6 years ago

After how Florida has performed on the men’s side I don’t think there is any room to question coach Troys decisions. He’s pretty damn good at setting it all up.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

I’ve seen an interview of Caeleb Dressel and he didn’t look at all 100% prepared for this meet (his hair 🙂 ). He said the speed isn’t there yet. 🙂 Sure he can and he will improve his times at NCAAs.
I dream of a 17.99 in the 50 free but it’s probably inhuman.
I dream of a 39.99 in the 100 free and it seems more feasible. Too bad the event is on the last day. 100% fresh I think he’s not far from the 40-second barrier. We’ll see.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I think 17.99 is doable.
Manaudou 20.26 SCM is in that ballpark(or even better).Dressel has that amazing start of early Cielo and Manaudou textile best.That makes a big difference in the long pool,and even more in the small one.

Reply to  DDias
6 years ago

17.99 not at this meet.

Schwingen My Schlogl
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I think we’ve all been dreaming of a 17.99 50 free since the days of Cielo. I’m gonna put 100 internet points on a wager that it doesn’t happen this year.

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