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
- Saturday Prelims Live Stream
- Championship Central
- Live Stream- SEC Network
- Saturday Morning Heat Sheets
- 1650 Heat Sheets
With the scores tight in the race for the men’s 2019 team title, Mizzou and Florida will be racking up as many finalists as they can. On the other hand, the Texas A&M women will look to win their 4th consecutive title.
After opting out of the 400 IM, Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem will swim the 200 breast in efforts to defend her 2018 title.
Women’s 200 Back
- Asia Seidt (Kentucky)- 1:50.76
- Erin Falconer (Auburn)- 1:51.43
- Sonnele Oeztuerk (Auburn)- 1:51.94
- Sinclaire Larson (Tennessee)- 1:52.92
- Emily Cornell (South Carolina)- 1:52.93
- Ali Galyer (Kentucky)- 1:52.97
- Sherridon Dressel (Florida)- 1:53.01
- Sophie Sorenson (Kentucky)- 1:53.05
The Kentucky women scored 3 A-finals swimmers, with defending SEC champ Asia Seidt leading the charge. Auburn’s Erin Falconer and Sonnele Oeztuerk also clinched top 3 spots heading into tonight’s finals, with their prelims times ranking #4 and #7 in the NCAA this year.
Texas A&M’s McKenna De Bever missed the A-finals and placed 11th with a 1:54.44 for tonight’s finals.
Men’s 200 Back
- Clark Beach (Florida)- 1:40.10
- Joey Reilman (Tennessee)- 1:40.57
- Shaine Casas (Texas A&M)- 1:40.63
- Javier Acevedo (UGA)/Nick Alexander (Mizzou)- 1:40.68
- Matthew Garcia (Tennessee)- 1:40.86
- Jack Dahlgren (Mizzou)- 1:40.99
- Kacper Stokowski (Florida)- 1:41.37
The top 7 were all in the 1:40 range after this morning’s prelims. Clark Beach of Florida snagged the top seed into finals for the Gators with a 1:40.10. However, 3 other men in the A-final have been under 1:40 this season, including Joey Rilman (Tennessee), Javier Acevedo (UGA), Nick Alexander of Mizzou.
Peering into the B-final, Mizzou claimed 3 spots while Florida claimed 2 spots.
Women’s 100 Free
- Erika Brown (Tennessee)- 46.68 (pool record)
- Ann Ochitwa (Mizzou)- 47.60
- Claire Fisch (Auburn)- 47.61
- Haylee Knight (LSU)- 47.98
- Alyssa Tetzloff (Auburn)- 48.03
- Anna Hopkin (Arkansas)- 48.06
- Julie Meynen (Auburn)- 48.22
- Veronica Burchill (UGA)- 48.24
Erika Brown continues her record-breaking meet as she took down Natalie Coughlin’s 2011 pool record with a 46.68, just 0.07 off the 2012 SEC record. Brown now ranks #2 in the NCAA this year behind Abbey Weitzel.
Men’s 100 Free
- Robert Howard (Alabama)- 41.96
- Mikel Scheuders (Mizzou)- 42.30
- Adam Koster (Texas A&M)- 42.38
- Maxime Rooney (Florida)- 42.41
- Kyle Decoursey (Tennessee)- 42.45
- Khader Baglah (Florida)- 42.52
- Zane Waddell (Alabama)- 42.56
- Peter Wetzlar (Kentucky)- 42.77
Taking the top spot into tonight’s finals is Robert Howard of Alabama. His seed time of 41.94 is just 0.32 off the 2002 pool record, held by Anthony Ervin. Mikel Scheuders of Mizzou is also a contender after he won the first-ever SEC title in program history in the 200 free.
Also taking A-finals positions is 100 fly champ Maxime Rooney and Florida teammate Khader Baglah. 100 back champ Zane Waddell also joins Howard in the A-final.
Looking at the rest of the finalists. Mizzou only claimed 1 up and 1 down while Florida claimed 2 up, 2 mid, 1 down.
Women’s 200 Breast
- Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M)- 2:06.30
- Anna Belousova (Texas A&M)- 2:07.52
- Nikol Popov (Tennessee)- 2:07.60
- Bailey Bonnett (Kentucky)- 2:08.16
- Emma Barksdale (South Carolina)- 2:08.43
- Tess Cieplucha (Tennessee)- 2:08.84
- Albury Higgs (South Carolina)- 2:09.03
- Vanessa Pearl (Florida)- 2:09.52
Texas A&M will confirm their 4th team title with teammates Sydney Pickrem and Anna Belousova as the top 2 seeds for tonight’s finals. Tennessee teammates Nikol Popov and Tess Cieplucha also represent the Vols in the A-final. Emma Barksdale is joined by South Carolina teammate Albury Higgs as well. Florida freshman Vanessa Pearl, who was 2nd in the 400 IM, also snuck into the sub-2:10 A-final.
Men’s 200 Breast
- Benjamin Walker (Texas A&M)- 1:52.74
- James Guest (UGA)- 1:53.58
- Grant Sanders (Florida)- 1:53.62
- Matthew Dunphy (Tennessee)- 1:54.31
- Marco Guarente (Florida)- 1:54.56
- Tommy Brewer (Auburn)- 1:54.96
- Jack Dalmolin (UGA)- 1:55.19
- Jordan O’Brien (Mizzou)- 1:55.59
Benjamin Walker dominated his heat of the 200 breast prelims and achieved an A cut time of 1:52.74, now #4 in the NCAA this year. Florida’s Grant Sanders and Marco Guarente also joined the A-final while Jordan O’Brien was the lone Mizzou Tiger in the top 8.