2019 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 19 – Saturday, February 23
- Gabrielsen Natatorium, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Texas A&M Women (3x), Florida men (6x)(results)
- Live results
- Live Video – SEC Network
- Championship Central
- Friday Heat Sheets
Day 4 of the SEC Championships will feature many close races and potential records to be broken. In the team standings, the Texas A&M women have a 57-point lead over Florida after day 3 while the Mizzou men lead on the Florida men by only 11 points.
Headlining tonight’s finals are the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, and the 400 medley relay. Maxime Rooney and Camden Murphy will face off in the men’s 200 fly. Georgia freshmen Dakota Luther and Olivia Carter are tied for the top seed on the women’s side.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY
- SEC Meet: 1:52.19 2/21/2014 Cammile Adams, Texas A&M
- Pool: 1:52.19 2/21/2014 Cammile Adams, Texas A&M
- NCAA: 1:49.51 2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
In the last 100, Olivia Carter pulled away from the field to win her first SEC title. That swim, an NCAA A cut time, ranks her 5th in the NCAA this year. Teammate Dakota Luther took third with a 1:54.32, however has been 1:53.55 this season already.
MEN’S 200 FLY
- SEC Meet: 1:40.59 2/19/2016 Hugo Morris, Auburn
- Pool: 1:40.38 12/4/2016 Chase Kalisz, UGA
- NCAA: 1:37.35 3/23/2018 Jack Conger, Texas
- Camden Murphy (UGA)- 1:40.62
- Maxime Rooney (Florida)- 1:40.87
- Flynn Minuth (South Carolina)- 1:41.49
It was down to the finish in the men’s 200 fly. Maxime Rooney took the race out with a blistering lead, splitting 21.84/47.06/1:13.04. However, the rest of the field began to creep up on Rooney. The last 25, Camden Murphy‘s 14-yard underwater rocketed him even with Rooney and gave him the slight edge in the finish.
Murphy won in his home pool with a 1:40.62, just 0.03 off the 2016 SEC record. His win marks the 7th win out of 12 years for the UGA Bulldogs. Rooney took second with a 1:40.87. Both Murphy and Rooney now rank #2 and #3 in the NCAA this year behind Cal’s Zheng Quah.
Rooney’s runner-up efforts now have Florida in the 20-point lead over Mizzou.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK
- SEC Meet: 50.53 2/20/2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
- Pool: 50.01 12/5/2014 Courtney Bartholemew, Virginia
- NCAA: 49.67 11/30/2018 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin
In her senior year, Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff kept her quick first 50 momentum moving and won her first-ever SEC title. Her 0.02 drop from this morning now puts her at #3 in the NCAA, in front of Sherridon Dressel. In a finishing effort, Asia Seidt took out Dressel by 0.01 for second place.
MEN’S 100 BACK
- SEC Meet: 44.73 2/16/2017 Connor Oslin, Alabama
- Pool: 44.61 12/3/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
- NCAA: 43.49 3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy California
South-African native Zane Waddell split a 21.5/23.27 in his back race to have a great finish to win his first SEC title. His winning time of 44.77 moves him up to #3 in the NCAA and #2 all-time in Alabama school history. After not winning a title from 1985 to 2015, Waddell adds to the 4th win for Alabama in this event in the last 5 years.
Second went to Kacper Stokowski (45.31) and third went to Joey Rilman (45.35), which are #5 and #6 in the NCAA as well. Stokowski’s finish also boosts Florida’s lead on Mizzou to a 72-point lead.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST
- SEC Meet: 57.28 2/21/2014 Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
- Pool: 57.28 2/21/2014 Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
- NCAA: 56.25 3/16/2018 Lilly King Indiana
Anna Belousova and Nikol Popov had a tight race in the last 50 of the breast. However, Belousova had the stronger push to take her 2nd-consecutive SEC title in the event with a 57.99. Popov settled for second with a 58.24. Both those A cut times are #3 and #4 in the NCAA.
UGA’s Sofia Carnevale had a great finals swim to go from 1:00.06 to a 59.19 for third place. Her finals time also had her NCAA ranking jump from #28 to #9.
MEN’S 100 BREAST
- SEC Meet: 50.03 2/18/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
- Pool: 51.25 2/21/2014 Nic Fink, UGA
- NCAA: 49.69 3/23/2018 Ian Finnerty, Indiana
Only 0.08 seconds separated Itay Goldfaden and Caleb Hicks throughout the entire 51-second race. Goldfaden had the 0.07 advantage off the start and into the first 50, with him and Hicks splitting 23.93/24.01. The duo both came home in a 27.77/27.78, with Goldfaden taking the win with an A cut of 51.72.
Both Goldfaden and Hicks’ times are now #5 and #7 in the NCAA this year. Marco Guarente took third with a 52.12, also cracking the top 10 for #9.
Hicks and Mizzou teammate Jordan O’Brien’s 2nd and 4th place finishes closed the score gap between them and Florida, putting them 19.5 points behind the Gators.
WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY
SEC Meet: 3:28.93 2/22/2013 Texas A&M
- Pool: 3:27.84 12/5/2014 Virginia
- NCAA: 3:25.15 2/24/2018 Stanford
- Tennesse (Brown, Popov, Banic, Grinter)- 3:28.43
- Auburn (Falconer, Cummings, Tetzloff, Fisch)- 3:29.06
- Kentucky (Galyer, Bonnett, Seidt, Freriks)- 3:31.27
Leading off the Tennessee relay was Erika Brown (50.88), which puts her at #2 in the NCAA for the 100 back. Nikol Popov kept the lead going with a 58.05 breast split, likewise with teammate Madeline Banic (51.32).
Auburn’s Claire Fisch then pushed the Tennessee relay from the outside lanes with a 46.74 100 FR split. However, Tennessee’s Bailey Grinter (48.18) held off Fisch and Auburn to take the win. The winning time of 3:28.43 took out the 2013 SEC meet record of 3:28.93. Auburn took a close second with a 3:29.06.
MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY
SEC Meet: 3:03.86 2/19/2016 Florida Pool: 3:03.82 12/2/2016 California
- NCAA: 2:59.22 3/23/2017 Texas
- Mizzou (Hein, Hicks, Kovac, Schreuders)- 3:03.37
- Alabama (Waddell, Bams, Auerbach, Howard)- 3:04.17
- Texas A&M (Casas, Walker, Martinez, Koster)- 3:04.86
The Mizzou men had a great 400 medley relay, breaking both the SEC meet record and the UGA pool record with a 3:03.37. The Alabama men were held off in the process and settled for second with a 3:04.17. Texas A&M finished out the top 3 with a 3:04.86.
SCORES AFTER DAY 4
The Texas A&M women look prospective to win their 4th-consecutive SEC title, with nearly a 100-point lead over Florida. On the men’s side, Mizzou is on track to making program history and aiming for their first-ever SEC team title. After trailing by 11 points at the beginning of the session, the Mizzou men went from a 72-point deficit after the backstroke up to a 7.5 point deficit after the breaststroke and medley relay behind Florida.
1. Texas A&M University 871.5 2. University of Florida 788.5 3. Tennessee, University of, Knox 709.5 4. The University of Georgia 677.5 5. Kentucky, University of 657.5 6. Auburn University 643 7. Missouri 503.5 8. University of Arkansas 420 9. Louisiana State University 416.5 10. South Carolina, University of, 392 11. University of Alabama 312.5 12. Vanderbilt University 122
1. University of Florida 868 2. Missouri 860.5 3. Texas A&M University 673 4. The University of Georgia 614.5 5. Tennessee, University of, Knox 603 6. University of Alabama 559.5 7. Kentucky, University of 485 8. Auburn University 473 9. South Carolina, University of, 443 10. Louisiana State University 353.5