# 2018 SEC Wrap-Up: After Big Showing, What Will Dressel Swim at NCAAs?

Lauren Neidigh
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February 19th, 2018

### 2018 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 SEC Championships are in the books, with the Florida men and Texas A&M women successfully defending their SEC titles. There were a few swimmers who really stood out at this year’s championships, including Florida’s Caeleb Dressel, Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez, Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem, and Tennessee’s Erika Brown.

The following is the list of awards handed out after the conclusion of last night’s session:

Here are a few interesting tidbits from this year’s meet:

• Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz, their top returning scorer from last season’s NCAAs, may be on the bubble for NCAAs. Bentz, who was out of competition for most of the season after a collarbone injury, is a few tenths under the 2017 invite time in the IMs and 200 fly. He’s currently ranked 25th in the 400 IM and 15th in the 200 IM and 200 fly with ACCs, Big 12s, Big Ten, and Pac-12s to go. His best shot right now looks like the 200 fly, where he’s got a season best of 1:42.51 from Georgia’s dual meet with Emory.
• Though they finished only 7th last season, the Texas A&M men propelled themselves all the way to a runner-up finish. The Aggies didn’t win any events, but the depth of their team and a strong diving squad helped them make big moves.
• Not a single women’s individual event was won by a senior. That means every SEC champion on the women’s side should return next season to defend their titles.
• Florida’s Caeleb Dressel now owns 5 current American Record. He’s the only man to have held the records in both the 50 free and 100 breast.
• Tennessee’s Erika Brown has come a very long way. In 2017, she placed 18th in the 100 free, 17th in the 200 free, and 10th in the 50 free. This time around, she swept the sprints and narrowly missed breaking the American Record in the 100 fly.
• The Texas A&M women have incredible depth in breaststroke. The A final of the 200 breast featured 5 Aggie women: Sydney Pickrem (1st), Anna Belousova (2nd), Bethany Galat (3rd), Esther Gonzalez Medina (4th), and Jorie Caneta (7th).

One of the big questions after Caeleb Dressel‘s outstanding showing at the SEC meet surrounds his NCAA schedule. Typically, his NCAA schedule has included the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly, but Dressel has some other potential options this time around. At SECs, he blew David Nolan’s former American Record out of the water with a 1:38.13 in the 200 IM. Swimming the 200 IM, however, would likely mean giving up the 50 free, and his only chance to complete an NCAA 4-peat.

There’s also the question of whether he’ll choose to swim the 100 fly or the 100 breast. In the 100 fly, he’d have another head-to-head matchup with Texas’ Joseph Schooling. In the 100 breast, however, he’d have a chance to become the first man to break 50 seconds after putting up an American Record of 50.03 at SECs. He could always double up on one of the earlier days and skip out on the 100 free, going for the record on the relay leadoff instead, but that doesn’t seem as likely given he’ll have his hands full even with one individual race per day since he plays such an important role on the relays.

## FINAL WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES:

  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

## FINAL MEN’S TEAM SCORES:

  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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pvdh
3 years ago

200 fly
200 breast
500 free

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
3 years ago

Skeleton
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Men’s Big Air

Right Dude Here
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
3 years ago

Don’t you mean the skiing long jump?

Ragner
3 years ago

17.9 50 free, 39.8 100 free, 49.5 100 breast. he’ll forever beat schooling in the LCM 100 fly, so let’s get schooling a chance at clear water. florida without dressel in the 100 fly still has a podium shot in the event with Switkowski, they need dressel in breast more. just my two cents.

Tomek
3 years ago

he wont go a 49.5 in the breast if he does it he would be closer to a 49.7-8

Ragner
3 years ago

he wasn’t supposed to beat schooling either. now he’s done something Hansen didn’t do, and Hansen is the most complete breastroker I’ve ever seen(hook ’em). I only hope he maybe prelims the 800 relay so we can witness a 1:29 lead off(which would be the coolest swim ever)

SwimGeek
3 years ago

We ALL want him to leadoff the 800 FR — but FYI, there are no prelims. It’s timed finals on Wednesday eve.

Silent Observer
3 years ago

I (and the rest of the world) REALLY wants Dressel to break 40 in the 100 FR….but I imagine Troy has him focusing more in an all-around skill set. Hence the 200 IM and 100 BR times at SECs.

So focus on 100 free might be less prevalent this season and therefore, I predict a 40.02 in the 100 FR.

Just my pessimistic outlook, until gets proven wrong and can graciously accept it

Ragner
3 years ago

if that’s the plan and we get more medals over the next decade then I’m okay with that. 39 and 1:29 200 free just seems crazy if this was 2008

sven
3 years ago

No way he goes 17.9. Break 40 in the 100? Sure. I wouldn’t even be super surprised by a 42.high in the fly, but .2 is a whole lot of improvement at his level and I don’t think he’s got it in him just yet.

Buona
3 years ago

Forever beat Schooling? Are u sure…

Pvdh
3 years ago

Watching the 100 fly from Budapest, caeleb just looked like he was in a different plane of speed from schooling.

3 years ago

After Schooling basically took the year off.

Pvdh
3 years ago

Soon it’ll be “schooling was on an extended taper all the way from rio”

Also I’m talking about how he looked in rio, not Budapest.

3 years ago

I’d have to agree. So many people are sleeping on him, but seem to forget that he didn’t get back into the water until December, and even then was probably not giving his all. He’s probably been working really hard since Worlds. I want him back on top, or at least giving Dressel a run for his money.

Steve Nolan
3 years ago

If he had any eligibility left I assume he’d start diving next year.

The Dressler
3 years ago

Did he not win the 100 free his freshman year? They say 50 free is his only shot at 4 peat…

SwimGeek
3 years ago

His freshman year he won the 50 in 18.6 but by day 3, he kind of blew up and was “only” in consols in the 100 — and then had a really bad 400FR (I think he went 43 or even 44). He took six months off that prior summer and it seemed to catch up with him by the end of senior year. I’d say it all turned out just fine:)

Tomek
3 years ago

100 free 39.98 50 free 18.1 100 fly it will be close with schooling 100 breast 49.7 200im 1:37.99 I am not saying he will do these events but if he does this is how fast he will go and rember he was not shaved tapered at SEC

Klorn8d
3 years ago

I think everyone’s underestimating what he can do. I’m guessing he’s approaching SEC-NCAA similarly to nationals-worlds this summer. He was 21.5, 47.9, and 50.8 at nationals before dropping to 21.1, 47.1, and 49.8. If anything he’d drop even more time between meets than this summer as I imagine he was even less rested here than nationals. I think he’ll be scary good in any event he wants to do.

sven
3 years ago

It also could have been argued that, in his first couple of years at Florida, his times were disproportionately weighted toward short course. He went 48.9 as a 17 year old and then was relatively stagnant in long course. In 2016 he was 47high at the Olympics, which is good, but not unheard of, the way his 40.3 (or whatever) was from a few months prior.

Now I would say his LCM swimming has almost caught up with his SCY swimming. His SCY is still improving too, but at a slower rate because it was always so much better to begin with. He’ll be good at NCAAs, and I think he’ll do something (or several somethings) unheard of, but I’m… Read more »

Chris
3 years ago

This.

ITR
3 years ago

Yeah but the shorter the length the less time there is to make huge drops. One of many reason why comparing LCM and SCY is meaningless as it always has been. I’m not saying he has maxed out his SCY times but they are certainly very close. He will go under 40 in the 100 free that’s no doubt. Based on his 200 IM endurance and his natural speed this shouldn’t be a problem. It’s also safe to assume he has more room to grow in 100 breast and 200 IM because he has just started swimming those but I don’t know about the 50 free and the 100 fly. I predict he could drop around 0.1 in free, 100… Read more »

40 Flat
3 years ago

I do feel like he has less of a focus on the sprint free but I think he will get that speed with a taper. I’ll try some predictions 50 free: 18.24 100 Free: 40.00 (again) and 100 Breast: 49.13.

Silent Observer
3 years ago

As a former collegiate breaststroker, a sub 50 100 BR seems out of this world. But then if you consider all of the barriers that have gotten broken over the past couple years….it’s about time breaststroke took down some as well. Especially when you look at what Peaty is accomplishing in the LCM and SCM fields

ITR
3 years ago

not so much in SCM just yet

Buster
3 years ago

Imagine Peaty with Dressel’s pullouts …

Fluidg
3 years ago

…and Dressel’s start! ?

PVSFree
3 years ago

This site would implode if he went another 40.00

Sccoach
3 years ago

Definitely want to see him so 50 free and 100 free. Choosing between the 100 fly and 100 breast is tough. I want to see him race Schooling but I also want to see what he can do in a fully tapered 100 breast. I think I’m leaning towards breast

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 …