2021 Men’s SEC Championships: Day 3 Ups/Mids/Downs

2021 SEC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.

Coming into Day 3, the Florida Gators had established a sizeable lead in the team race with 571 points, with Georgia well back at 424.5. Kentucky and Tennessee continued to cling to second and fourth due in part to their diving, though the Vols have been swimming well.

TEAM SCORES (THRU DAY 2)

Reminder: The entire diving portion of the meet was contested last week.

  1. Florida, 571
  2. Kentucky, 454
  3. Georgia, 424.5
  4. Tennessee, 392
  5. Texas A&M, 382
  6. Missouri, 379
  7. Auburn, 320
  8. Alabama, 308
  9. LSU, 249.5
  10. South Carolina, 155

The Bulldogs produced a big prelim performance when they needed it, putting 11 men into ‘A’ finals and 21 total into scoring position for tonight. This included putting three up in the 200 free and 100 back, with sophomore Bradley Dunham doing so in both events.

Another Georgia sophomore, Ian Grum, also made two ‘A’ finals, doing so in the 400 IM and 100 back. Camden Murphy and Luca Urlando are also in position for some big points in the 100 fly, qualifying first and third for tonight.

Florida had another strong morning with nine ‘A’ finalists, including half of the 400 IM championship heat. Texas A&M put six up, Mizzou had five, and the Vols put nine swimmers into consolation finals.

DAY 3 UPS/MIDS/DOWNS

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back
Georgia 11/6/4 2/2/1 2/0/1 3/1/1 1/1/0 3/2/1
Florida 9/4/3 4/2/0 1/1/0 1/1/0 1/0/1 2/0/2
Texas A&M 6/3/4 0/2/0 2/0/0 2/0/1 1/1/2 1/0/1
Missouri 5/1/4 1/0/2 1/1/0 1/0/0 2/0/1 0/0/1
Tennessee 3/9/3 0/0/0 1/4/1 0/2/0 2/2/1 0/1/1
Alabama 3/5/5 1/0/0 1/1/1 0/0/1 0/1/2 1/3/1
L S U 2/0/5 0/0/2 0/0/1 1/0/0 1/0/1 0/0/1
Auburn 1/7/5 0/0/1 0/1/3 0/2/1 0/2/0 1/2/0
Kentucky 0/4/4 0/2/2 0/0/0 0/2/2 0/0/0 0/0/0
South Carolina 0/1/3 0/0/0 0/0/1 0/0/2 0/1/0 0/0/0

Scoring out the prelims, Georgia projects to gain 70.5 points on Florida tonight (excluding the 400 medley relay), while Texas A&M appears to have a battle on their hands for third with Tennessee. Alabama notably had a strong performance in the 100 back.

SCORED PRELIMS

  1. Georgia, 390
  2. Florida, 319.5
  3. Tennessee, 229
  4. Texas A&M, 216
  5. Missouri, 168
  6. Alabama, 167.5
  7. Auburn, 155.5
  8. Kentucky, 76.5
  9. LSU, 66.5
  10. South Carolina, 21.5

PRELIMS SCORING BREAKDOWN

Georgia Florida Tennessee Texas A&M Missouri Auburn Alabama Kentucky L S U
South Carolina
400 IM 86.0 136.5 0.0 25.0 39.0 4.0 26.0 37.5 8.0 0
100 Fly 63.5 45.0 89.0 50.0 39.0 33.0 38.5 0.0 1.0 3.0
200 Free 94.0 39.0 28.0 65.0 26.0 36.5 1.0 39.0 28.0 5.5
100 Breast 34.5 36.0 83.0 51.0 62.0 27.0 27.0 0.0 28.5 13.0
100 Back 112.5 63.0 29.0 25.0 2.0 56.0 75.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

Georgia is expected to bridge some of Florida’s gap leading into the final day, while there’s a fun in-state battle brewing between Auburn and Alabama, who are projected to finish the penultimate day in a tie for seventh.

TEAM SCORES + SCORED PRELIMS

  1. Florida, 890.5
  2. Georgia, 814.5
  3. Tennessee, 621
  4. Texas A&M, 598
  5. Missouri, 547
  6. Kentucky, 530
  7. Auburn / Alabama, 475.5
  8. LSU, 316.0
  9. South Carolina, 176.5

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souvient
6 months ago

Kentucky can’t score a single point in any of the 100s? Even South Carolina and LSU are scoring some points there. Lars not looking like the competitor coach of the month this week.

SwimFani
Reply to  souvient
6 months ago

I thought UK won the women’s SEC TEAM TITLE – You sound like Papa Troll

Swim Coach
6 months ago

Big day for UGA. The bulldogs and gators are separating from the pack. It was the Tennessee Vols that shocked me. They scored 6 in the fly and 5 in the breast. They are trying to make in interesting for that battle for 3rd. I love watching the SEC competition.

Grungledoof
Reply to  Swim Coach
6 months ago

ACC has an exciting team race developing too!

Former Auburn fan
6 months ago

Wow another day another single A final for auburn!! #Gary=goat

BAMA BACKER
Reply to  Former Auburn fan
6 months ago

Here’s Johnny!!!!

SwimFani
6 months ago

Looks like the MAN VOLS switched those Beaver-tailed hats for COONSKIN CAPS! Well done a great day…just went past A+M, NOW go get UGA! Hey – where was Matt Kredich today? Not at the meet??

phantom
Reply to  SwimFani
6 months ago

no offense but i dont think tenn stands a chance at catching UGA

Observer
Reply to  SwimFani
6 months ago

I’m curious as to who SwimFani is he/she seems to enjoy stirring the pot in regards to Tennessee. Troll accounts are the best/worst

SwimFani
Reply to  Observer
6 months ago

Check your history – Simon Kenton is a clue.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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