2018 SEC Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


  • Wednesday, February 14 – Sunday, February 18
  • Rec Center Natatorium, College Station, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10AM / Finals 6PM
  • Defending Champion: Florida (5x) (results)
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheet
  • Live results
  • Live Video (finals)

The 2018 SEC Championships come to a close tonight in College Station, Texas. The final night of competition brings the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, and 200 breast. We’ll also see the women’s platform diving and the 400 free relays. American Record holder Caeleb Dressel will be chasing his own record in the 100 free with a shot at going 3-for-3 in American Records in his individual events here.


  1. GOLD: Courtney Harnish, Georgia, 15:57.68
  2. SILVER: Taylor Ault, Florida, 16:03.36
  3. BRONZE: Olivia Anderson, Georgia, 16:07.73

The podium ended up being all freshmen, with the Bulldogs picking up 2 medals. Courtney Harnish was the only swimmer to break 16:00, dropping almost 8 seconds from her best time to win it. Taylor Ault knocked 4.5 seconds off her best to give the Gators a silver, while Georgia’s Olivia Anderson nabbed bronze. Kentucky’s Kathryn Painter joined them under the 16:10 mark, touching in 16:09.91 for 4th place.

MEN’S 1650 FREE:

  1. GOLD: Akaram Mahmoud, South Carolina, 14:37.01
  2. SILVER: Jacob Wielinski, Missouri, 14:44.24
  3. BRONZE: Blake Manganiello, Florida, 14:46.19

The Gamecocks swept the distance events this week as 500 free runner-up Akaram Mahmoud picked up a win in the 1650 free. Florida’s Blake Manganiello set the pace early on and lead through the 600, but Mahmoud took over and extended his lead through the last 1000 yards. Manganiello held on for bronze behind Missouri’s Jacob Wielinski. South Carolina’s Brandonn Almeida and Cody Bekemeyer battled closely for 4th, with Bekemeyer out-touching Almeida 14:48.58 to 14:48.60. They had a 4th man in the top 8 with Rafael Davila (14:51.39) at 6th place, making this a huge points haul for the Gamecocks.


  1. GOLD: Asia Seidt, Kentucky, 1:49.65
  2. SILVER: Lisa Bratton, Texas A&M, 1:49.83
  3. BRONZE: Ali Galyer, Kentucky, 1:50.63

Kentucky’s Asia Seidt and Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton battled closely the whole way through. They were separated by less than 2 tenths halfway, with Bratton taking a slight lead after the 3rd 50. Seidt battled back down the final stretch, outsplitting Bratton to take the win by 18 hundredths. Teammate Ali Galyer landed on the podium, while Bridgette Alexander placed 6th to rack up the points for the Wildcats.. Georgia’s Kylie Stewart was the first woman off the podium in 1:51.32.


  1. GOLD: Chris Reid, Alabama, 1:39.42
  2. SILVER: Javier Acevedo, Georgia, 1:40.11
  3. BRONZE: Hugo Gonzalez, Auburn, 1:40.82

Georgia’s Javier Acevedo had the early speed, but Alabama’s Chris Reid brought it home hard to win with the only sub-1:40 of the night. Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez followed for 3rd, earning his 3rd medal of the meet as a freshman. Tennessee’s Joey Reilman earned 4th in 1:41.25. Georgia’s Jay Litherland rounded out the top 5 in 1:41.64, but Florida freshman Michael Taylor had the 5th fastest time of the night with a 1:41.52 from the B final.


  1. GOLD: Erika Brown, Tennessee, 47.17
  2. SILVER: Veronica Burchill, Georgia, 47.65
  3. BRONZE: Aly Tetzloff, Auburn. 47.96

Tennessee’s Erika Brown, who placed 18th in this race last year, has come a long way. She capped off the trifecta and sprint sweep with a new best time to win it, finishing half a second ahead of Georgia’s Veronica Burchill. Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff snuck under 48 to join them on the podium. Texas A&M’s Kristin Malone outsplit Missouri’s Ann Ochitwa on the back half to out-touch Ochitwa 48.31 to 48.34.


  1. GOLD: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 41.01
  2. SILVER: Peter Holoda, Auburn, 41.78
  3. BRONZE: Zach Apple, Auburn, 41.91

Caeleb Dressel hauled in a 3rd gold and another SEC Meet Record, successfully defending his title with a 41.01. This is the fastest he’s ever been at SECs, and Dressel indicated that he’s had no taper whatsoever in his post-race interview. Auburn got 2 guys on the podium with a pair of 41s from Peter Holoda and Zach Apple. Florida’s Maxime Rooney and Alabama’s Robert Howard battled for 4th, with Rooney getting there a nail ahead, 42.51 to 42.58. Khader Baqlah gave the Gators another top 8 finish with a 42.74 for 6th.


  1. GOLD: Sydney Pickrem, Texas A&M, 2:04.62
  2. SILVER: Anna Belousova, Texas A&M, 2:05.08
  3. BRONZE: Bethany Galat, Texas A&M, 2:06.77

The Aggies had a great showing in the 200 breast, sweeping the 200 breast podium in front of the home crowd. Sydney Pickrem took down the SEC Meet Record and went 3-for-3 in her individuals, while teammates Anna Belousova and Bethany Galat rounded out the podium. Next to the wall was another Aggie, Esther Gonzalez Medina, in 2:07.15, just out-touching Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett (2:07.17).


  1. GOLD: Mark Szaranek, Florida, 1:51.83
  2. SILVER: Mauro Castillo Luna, Texas A&M, 1:52.15
  3. BRONZE: Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina, 1:53.53

Though he typically swims the 200 fly, Florida’s Mark Szaranek changed things up with the 200 breast today. The move paid off, as Szaranek won his first ever individual SEC title, coming from behind tou beat Texas A&M’s Mauro Castillo Luna. South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen had the fastest front half, but faded to 3rd, holding off Texas A&M’s Jonathan Tybur (1:53.55).


  1. GOLD: Alanis Kalonji, Texas A&M, 308.70
  2. SILVER: Racehl Rubadue, Tennessee, 295.65
  3. BRONZE: Madeline McKern, Missouri, 287.70

It was Texas A&M on top again in the women’s platform event, with Alanis Kalonji earning the victory in front of her home crowd. With Kalonji’s win in the final individual event, there have officially no events won by a senior on the women’s side of this meet.


  1. GOLD: Auburn, 3:12.64
  2. SILVER: Tennessee, 3:12.76
  3. BRONZE: Georgia, 3:14.17

Auburn got off to a fast start with a personal best 47.37 leadoff from 100 free bronze medalist Aly Tetzloff. She was over half a second faster than she swam in the individual race tonight. Julie Meynen kept the Auburn lead to a body length with a 48.37 on the 2nd leg, while Ashton Ellzey covered the 3rd leg in 48.50. Tennessee started to close on the Tigers with Maddy Banic‘s 47.85 on the 3rd leg and a quick 47.24 anchor from Meghan Small, but Erin Falconer‘s 48.38 anchor was just enough to hold off the Vols.


  1. GOLD: Florida, 2:47.06
  2. SILVER: Auburn, 2:48.58
  3. BRONZE: Alabama, 2:50.24

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel broke the SEC Meet Record again leading off the 400 free relay. Dressel flipped in 19.45, touching in 40.87 to give the Gators a lead. Auburn’s Zach Apple popped off a lifetime best 41.64 racing him on the first leg. The Tigers moved into the lead with a 41.09 from Peter Holoda, while Florida’s Khader Baqlah put up a 41.98. Maxime Rooney brought the lead back to the Gators with a 41.98 split to Liam McCloskey‘s 42.99. Mark Szaranek closed in 42.23, pulling the Gators further ahead as Hugo Gonzalez (42.86) secured silver for Auburn.


  1. Texas A&M University             1319   2. University of Georgia            1030
  3. University of Tennessee         950.5   4. University of Kentucky          877.5
  5. Auburn University                 770   6. University of Missouri            739
  7. University of Florida             619   8. University of South Carolina      591
  9. University of Alabama             539  10. University of Arkansas            461
 11. Louisiana State University        374  12. Vanderbilt University             182


  1. University of Florida            1237   2. Texas A&M University              994
  3. University of Georgia           975.5   4. University of Tennessee           899
  5. University of Missouri          794.5   6. Auburn University               791.5
  7. University of South Carolina      765   8. University of Alabama           661.5
  9. University of Kentucky          575.5  10. Louisiana State University      430.5

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40 Flat
3 years ago

Aw last day 🙁 Then I have to wait like 3 days for more conference championships.

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Reply to  40 Flat
3 years ago

Such a great time of year. What a wokderful problem to have. NCS and IU gonna be fassst next week. Also Pac 12 girlies should be good.

3 years ago

Wasn’t this suppose to be a better year for Florida women?

Reply to  korn
3 years ago

taylor ault was 2nd in the mile, and they’ve had a considerable amount of people in the a-finals.

Reply to  korn
3 years ago

They were automatically better on night one when they got the 8 free relay auto quald to NCs. They haven’t had a women’s relay do that in two years. They had way more A finals than last year. Next year, I believe they will be top 10 at NCs. With the recruits they got, the medley relays are going to be very fast.

Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

W 200 Bk: Sedit/Galyer, winner under 1:50
M 200 Bk: Acevedo crushes back end, wins in 1:39 high
W 100 Fr: Brown continues dominance, wins in 46.7, next best a second back in 47.7
M 100 Fr: Dressel!!!! 40.56, then tight race, could see top 4 under 42.0
W 200 Br: Pickrem and A&M dominate and solidify unreal meet
M 200 Br: Castillo wins easy 1:51.9
W 4×100: Tennesse wins with Brown splitting 46.0 anchor
M 4×100: UF wins with depth, and Dressel anchors in, dare I say, 39.95

Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

Didn’t Hugo Gonzalez go 1:39 in the 200 back mid season. He dropped 1.5 seconds in the 200 IM from mid season and almost 4 in the 400 IM. He will probably have a pretty solid 200 back tonight.

Distance Swimmer
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Yes, I think it’ll be tight between those 2, it will come down to who’s legs don’t go out first, winning time I’ll change to 1:39.3

Wild Bill
Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

Sounds about right – believe CD will go as fast as 40.2 on flat start.

Wild Bill
Reply to  Wild Bill
3 years ago

A bit more drained than I expected – hard to stay fresh for. A5dsy meet

Wild Bill
Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

On the relay split (#2?) – 40.4 – he’s a bit tired – looking back – his last relay in Big Meets -splits not his very best possible.

Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

Over now, but Brown hit limit of 3 relays she could be in -Small did an awesome job and almost pulled it off!

3 years ago

Swimswam authors how has there not been an article about ACCs are you kidding me??

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

ACCs finished yesterday

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
3 years ago

Honest question…why no attention grabbing title like under dog Virginia wins ACCs

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  ACCs
3 years ago

There were lots of ACC headlines this week. I saw one that was something like “ACC Fans Named Whiniest Children in Swimming Fandom”

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

The ignorance and laziness is painful

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

How can you be invested enough to be that upset and not be invested enough to know the meet schedule?

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago


3 years ago

Did they just cut from the mile to show diving??? That’s right, I should come to expect that…

3 years ago

Well if Mahmoud loses this race it will obviously be because he’s breathing to his left…thanks a lot Rowdy for the insight.

Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

Is Isaac Jones ok? Looks horrid In the mile

Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

He’s had an undisclosed injury. Missed the 500 and the 200- his coaches said they weren’t sure he’d even swim the mile.

Caeleb Dressel is god
3 years ago

Hadn’t even started yet and the thumbnail is already Caeleb Dressel ?

Wild Bill
Reply to  Caeleb Dressel is god
3 years ago

When he breaks 40.00 it will be at lest a bit faster – 39.96 or better

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