2024 SEC Championship: Day 3 Prelims Scratches – #1 Seeds Sims (400 IM), Ivey (100 Fly) Out

2024 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheets

Florida freshman Bella Sims has scratched out of both of her events on Day 3 of the 2024 SEC Championships after winning her first individual SEC Championship Title in the 200 IM on night 2. 

On Day 3, Sims was entered as the top seed in the women’s 400 IM (4:01.47) and the second seed in the women’s 200 freestyle (1:43.04), putting herself in the position to win either of the two events. However, she will contest neither of those events, leaving the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, and 100 freestyle as her remaining potential events.

It was expected that Sims would have to significantly reduce her schedule to a maximum of 3 events after entering the meet with 7 individual entries. She will still have to scratch one additional event over the next few days of competition based on her remaining schedule. 

With her scratch in the 400 IM, Sims’ Florida teammate Emma Weyant now enters the race as the top seed with an entry time of 4:03.65, almost 3 seconds ahead of the field. Weyant also scratched an event for day 3, opting out of the 200 freestyle where she was the 10th seed (1:45.16). 

The top seed in the women’s 200 freestyle belongs to another Florida swimmer, 5th year Isabel Ivey (1:43.03). Ivey finished 2nd to Sims in the 200 IM on day 2 (1:52.50) and now is the heavy favorite to win the 200 freestyle. With that, Ivey scratched the 100 butterfly on Day 3, where she was also the top seeded swimmer in the event (50.60). Ivey’s scratch leaves Florida  junior Olivia Peoples as the top seed in the event (51.59). 

On the men’s side there were also multiple scratches, with 5 men scratching out of the 200 freestyle, including 5th seed Jake Magahey from UGA (1:32.80) and 7th seed Josh Liendo from Florida (1:32.96). Magahey already won the men’s 500 freestyle on day 2 with a time of 4:09.38 and he enters as the 6th seed in the 400 IM (3:42.76). Liendo, meanwhile, finished 3rd in the 50 freestyle on day 2 (18.83) and he currently holds the top seed in the 100 butterfly (44.39), making his decision to drop this event a logical one. 

Tennessee sprinter Jordan Crooks, the winner of the men’s 50 freestyle, has decided to scratch out of the 100 butterfly. Crooks was seeded 3rd in the event (45.18), but he will instead swim the 200 freestyle, where he is also seeded 3rd (1:32.07).

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Diehard
1 month ago

Coaches/athletes choosing to swim “off” events and save the money events for NCs? Their off events are still elite

Swimfan27
Reply to  Diehard
1 month ago

Bella Sims doesn’t have any off events besides breaststroke

Adrian
1 month ago

Interesting that Crooks will go for 200 freestyle instead.

Swimfan27
1 month ago

Do we think Bella will do the 500 free, 400 IM, and 200 back for NCAAs?

Aquajosh
Reply to  Swimfan27
1 month ago

I think she’s swimming the 200 back and 200 fly here to determine which one she’s swimming at NCs.

gitech
Reply to  Swimfan27
1 month ago

She could do 200/500 free and 200 back.
400 im is more difficult win with alex

Aquajosh
Reply to  gitech
1 month ago

I don’t know, she just popped a 1:51 200 IM which was a PB by a second. If that kind of drop extrapolated to the 400 IM (where she’s already been 3:56 mid), Alex would have to be ready to break the NCAA record and go 3:54 to beat her.

Jeb
Reply to  Swimfan27
1 month ago

200 free maybe instead of 4 IM

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
Reply to  Swimfan27
1 month ago

I could see that since she has a chance to get another time in the 2 free in the 8 free relay

SwimmerGuy
Reply to  Swimfan27
1 month ago

I think her range is broad. Lets just say Im picking her to win 3 events. Not sure what the 3 events are yet.

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