2020 SEC Championships: Kieran Smith, Erika Brown Among Day 4 Scratches


The 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships continue Friday morning in Auburn, Alabama with prelims of the 200 fly, 100 back, and 100 breast. Tennessee’s Erika Brown, the 7th seed, scratched out of the 100 back. After winning the 50 free and 100 fly, Brown will shift her focus to the 100 free on day 5. She’ll be going after her 3rd-straight title in that event. Brown was the 7th seed in the 100 back. Also scratching the event was Kentucky’s #13 seed Ali Galyer. She’s already swum the 200 free and 500 free, and will swim the 200 back on day 5 as her last individual race.

Alabama’s Rhyan White, the 100 fly silver medalist, has scratched out of the 200 fly. She was the 5th seed, but this isn’t a surprise. She’ll instead focus on the 100 back, where she’s a title threat.

Missouri’s 6th seed Nick Alexander has scratched out of the men’s 200 fly. He’s slated to swim the 100 back, where he’s also the 6th seed. Kieran Smith (#10), Dillon Hillis (#11), and Khader Baqlah (#14) of Florida have all dropped the event as well. Smith and Baqlah won’t swim individually on day 4, but Hillis is entered in the 100 breast. Smith also scratched out of the 100 back, where he was seeded 15th.


  • Florida’s Vanessa Pearl, the 9th seed, and Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett, the 17th seed, have scratched out of the 100 breast. Both have the 200 breast on day 5 and have already swum both IMs.
  • Tennessee’s #11 Alec Connolly and Georgia’s #12 Harry Homans are out of the 100 back.

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3 years ago

So 5 relays for Kieran? Interesting.

Reply to  JimSwim22
3 years ago

SECs is 4 days, and he is entered in the 200 back and 100 free on Saturday. Also the 200 medley already happened and he wasn’t on it, so definitely not 5 relays

Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

Gotcha. Forgot they have the extra day.

Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

So does he swim 200 back or 100 free? Maybe 200 back and then leads off the 400 free relay so they can figure out where he is in both events to help decide the NCAA schedule?

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