2021 SEC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 23 – Friday, February 26, 2021
- Columbia, MO – University of Missouri
- Prelims/Finals: 10 AM/5 PM Tues, 10 AM/6 PM Weds-Fri (Central Standard Time)
- Defending Champion: Florida (8x) (results)
- Live Video – SEC Network
- Championship Central (SEC)
- Championship Central (Mizzou)
- Updated psych sheet
- Live Results
The first of what will be an exciting four days of racing at the 2021 SEC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships is upon us, with a pair of timed final relays on the docket Tuesday to get things going.
The University of Florida enters the meet as the eight-time defending champions, but the Gators will certainly have their hands full this week with the likes of the upstart Georgia Bulldogs and the Shaine Casas-led Texas A&M Aggies.
Georgia comes in as the top seed in both the 200 medley and 800 free relays tonight, having established a new program record earlier this year in the former (1:23.60), while being the only school to crack 6:20 this season in the latter (6:16.42).
The Aggies are the defending champions in the 200 medley, but have graduated three quarters of that squad, while the Gators won the 800 free relay last year in a SEC Meet Record of 6:09.91. Leading off that relay last year was Kieran Smith, who unleashed the fourth-fastest 200 free in history in 1:30.11. He’ll be key this week, both in their title hopes in this relay and the overall crown.
200 MEDLEY RELAY TIMED FINAL
- SEC Meet Record: 1:22.19, Alabama, 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:24.30
- 2020 Champion: Texas A&M, 1:23.49 (Casas, Walker, Koster, Thibert)
- Florida, 1:23.17
- Texas A&M / Alabama, 1:23.28
The Florida men picked up the win in the 200 medley relay to open the meet from Heat 2 of 3, clocking 1:23.17 to take over the top time in the NCAA this season.
Freshman Adam Chaney led them off in 20.72, and then was followed by Dillon Hillis (23.26), Eric Friese (20.54) and Will Davis (18.65). Chaney’s 50 back time is almost a full second under his previous best from the Auburn Fall Invite earlier this season (21.71).
Last season, the Gators were third, with Friese and Davis swimming almost identical splits to today. Their last win came in 2018.
Coming into the meet, Texas held the nation’s top time at 1:23.58, while Florida sat back in 12th with a 1:25.31 from November.
In the final heat, Alabama and Texas A&M tied for second overall in 1:23.28, with Georgia a close fourth in 1:23.62. The time for the Aggies is a new school record, eclipsing their 1:23.49 set in winning this race last season.
The time for Casas is a new PB, going two-tenths under his 20.82 from the Art Adamson Invite in November.
Georgia entered the meet ranked #2 in the NCAA with their 1:23.60 school record from November, going just .02 slower here. Still, lead-off Javier Acevedo (21.09) and anchor Dillon Downing (18.59) were faster than they were early in the season. Downing and flier Camden Murphy (19.97) gave them the field’s fastest splits on both back-half legs.
Highlighting Tennessee’s fifth-place effort was junior Michael Houlie, who torched a 22.77 breaststroke split for the Volunteers. According to USA Swimming’s Data Hub, that ties the 10th-fastest split of all-time. Houlie split 23.32 last season. Mizzou’s Ben Patton also had a noteworthy breast leg in 23.19.
LSU topped the opening heat in a time of 1:25.61,ultimately placing eighth overall with sophomore Brooks Curry anchoring them home in 18.83.
800 FREE RELAY TIMED FINAL
- SEC Meet Record: 6:09.91, Florida, 2020
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 6:17.18
- 2020 Champion: Florida, 6:09.91 (Smith, Quinn, Baqlah, Beach)
- Texas A&M, 6:11.63
- Florida, 6:12.24
- Georgia, 6:14.00
Kieran Smith got Florida off to an incredible start in the 800 free relay, unleashing the second-fastest swim of all-time on the lead-off leg in 1:29.48. That blows by Smith’s previous best of 1:30.11 — set leading off this relay last season — which was also the SEC conference and meet record in the 200 free.
However, it was Texas A&M who prevailed with the victory in the end, ending Florida’s eight-year winning streak in the event. The Aggies’ final three swimmers slowly but surely ate into the Gator lead before Clayton Bobo overtook Miguel Cancel to win it in 6:11.63.
The Aggies had Shaine Casas lead off, chopping a full second off his lifetime best in 1:31.28, followed by the versatile Mark Theall (1:32.52), Kaloyan Bratanov (1:33.30) and Bobo (1:34.53). The team slides under their program record of 6:11.87 set last year.
Following Smith’s 1:29.48, sophomore Trey Freeman had a solid 1:32.41 for Florida, and then they opted for Clark Beach (1:34.46) and Cancel (1:35.89). Notably, they didn’t use Bobby Finke, who was spotted in a walking boot this week.
Georgia picks up third in 6:14.00, led by freshman Jake Magahey‘s 1:32.55 anchor, while Mizzou (6:17.02) and Auburn (6:18.67) round out the top five.
LSU notably opted not to use Brooks Curry, placing a distant 10th in 6:29.05.
Reminder: The entire diving portion of the meet was contested last week.
- Kentucky, 338
- Tennessee, 287
- Missouri, 232
- Texas A&M, 221
- Florida, 207
- Auburn, 202
- LSU, 176
- Alabama, 156
- Georgia, 152
- South Carolina, 90