2024 SEC Championships: Day 3 Ups/Mids/Downs — Men’s Battle For 2nd Heats Up

2024 SEC 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.

Diving is included.

TEAM SCORES — THRU DAY 2

Women:

  1. Tennessee — 475
  2. Florida — 440
  3. Georgia — 363
  4. Auburn — 312.5
  5. Texas A&M — 256.5
  6. Alabama — 250.5
  7. LSU — 230
  8. South Carolina / Kentucky — 173
  9. (tie)
  10. Missouri — 168.5
  11. Arkansas — 132
  12. Vanderbilt — 94

Men:

  1. Florida — 622
  2. Texas A&M — 468
  3. Tennessee — 392
  4. Georgia — 381
  5. Auburn — 373
  6. LSU — 266
  7. Kentucky — 191
  8. Alabama — 187
  9. South Carolina — 183
  10. Missouri — 176

DAY 3 UPS/MIDS/DOWNS — WOMEN

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free
1 mtr Diving
Florida 9/5/1 4/3/0 1/1/0 2/1/0 2/0/1
Tennessee 5/1/2 0/0/0 1/0/0 3/1/0 1/0/2
Texas A&M 4/4/3 1/1/1 1/1/1 1/1/1 1/1/0
Auburn 3/5/1 1/0/0 2/2/1 0/1/0 0/2/0
South Carolina 3/3/4 0/2/1 2/0/2 1/0/1 0/1/0
UGA 2/4/5 0/1/1 0/0/0 1/2/4 1/1/0
LSU 2/3/5 0/0/2 0/0/2 0/2/1 2/1/0
BAMA 2/1/2 1/0/0 1/0/1 0/0/0 0/1/1
Arkansas 1/2/0 0/0/0 0/1/0 0/0/0 1/1/0
UK Wildcats 1/1/2006 1/1/2002 0/0/0 0/0/1 0/0/3
Missouri 0/2/2 0/0/0 0/2/1 0/0/0 0/0/1
VU 0/1/1 0/0/1 0/1/0 0/0/0 0/0/0

Scored Prelims — Women

  1. Florida, 307
  2. Texas A&M, 191
  3. Auburn, 160.5
  4. South Carolina, 146
  5. Tennessee, 144
  6. Georgia, 129
  7. LSU, 118
  8. Alabama, 79
  9. Kentucky, 68
  10. Arkansas, 51
  11. Mizzou, 39.5
  12. Vanderbilt, 15

POINTS PER EVENT – WOMEN

Florida Texas A&M Auburn South Carolina Tennessee UGA LSU BAMA UK Wildcats Arkansas Missouri VU
400 IM 145.0 45.0 27.0 42.0 0 20 3 24 52 0 0 4
100 Fly 41.0 51.0 84.5 58.0 22.0 0 8 35 0 17 34.5 11
200 Free 68.0 48.0 20.0 29.0 89.0 67 38 0 3 0 0 0
1 mtr Diving 53 47 29 17 33 42 69 20 13 34 5 0

The Florida women established their presence as the team to beat on Thursday, putting seven swimmers and two divers into ‘A’ finals including four in the 400 IM.

Tennessee had pulled ahead after last night’s 50 free performance, but now find themselves projected to trail by more than 100 points after the Gators’ morning. It’s not a great day for the Lady Vols  with zero 400 IM points (and only one swimmer in the event), but they salvaged things by putting three up in the 200 free.

Auburn should close the gap on Georgia after putting three into ‘A’ finals and five into the consols, highlighted by the 100 fly where Meghan Lee grabbed the top seed and Ellie Waldrep cracked the championship heat.

Texas A&M impressively put one swimmer into each final in all three swimming events, plus going 1/1/0 in the diving event to project to score the 2nd-most points on the day and solidify 5th place with Georgia and Auburn not too far off.

LSU’s diving helped push them past Alabama in the projections.

Day 2 Scores + Prelim Projections — Women

  1. Florida — 747
  2. Tennessee — 619
  3. Georgia — 492
  4. Auburn — 473
  5. Texas A&M — 447.5
  6. LSU — 348
  7. Alabama — 329.5
  8. South Carolina – 319
  9. Kentucky — 241
  10. Mizzou — 208
  11. Arkansas — 183
  12. Vanderbilt — 109

DAY 3 UPS/MIDS/DOWNS — MEN

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free
Florida 6/5/3 2/3/1 2/0/1 2/2/1
UGA 6/1/4 2/1/0 1/0/2 3/0/2
Tennessee 4/4/4 1/1/2 2/2/1 1/1/1
Auburn 4/4/3 2/0/0 2/2/1 0/2/2
Texas A&M 2/1/3 1/0/2 1/1/1 0/0/0
BAMA 2/1/2 0/0/0 0/1/2 2/0/0
UK Wildcats 0/3/3 0/2/3 0/0/0 0/1/0
LSU 0/2/1 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/2/1
South Carolina 0/2/0 0/1/0 0/1/0 0/0/0
Missouri 0/1/1 0/0/0 0/1/0 0/0/1

Scored Prelims — Men

  1. Florida, 260.5
  2. Georgia, 197.5
  3. Tennessee, 177
  4. Auburn, 164.5
  5. Texas A&M, 80
  6. Alabama, 68.5
  7. Kentucky, 55
  8. South Carolina / LSU, 31
  9. Mizzou, 21

POINTS PER EVENT – MEN

Florida UGA Tennessee Auburn Texas A&M BAMA UK Wildcats South Carolina LSU Missouri
400 IM 110.0 75.0 50.0 45.0 31.0 0 40 11 0 0
100 Fly 63.0 38.0 78.0 79.0 49.0 18 0 20 0 17
200 Free 87.5 84.5 49.0 40.5 0.0 50.5 15 0 31 4

Georgia had a big morning, matching Florida with six ‘A’ finalists including going three up in the 200 free. The Gator depth saw them add five more swimmers into ‘B’ finals, so they’ll extend their lead in the team race, but the Bulldogs figure to challenge for the 2nd spot tonight after they were sitting down in 4th entering the day.

Tennessee also had a strong showing with at least one ‘A’ finalist in each event, and Jordan Crooks should be in the title hunt after what he did in the 200 free prelims. The Vols outdid Texas A&M, as the Aggies project to lose the 76-point buffer they had on Tennessee after last night. A big part of that is having no diving event today.

Auburn performed well with four ‘A’ finalists, putting them right in the thick of things with Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Day 2 Scores + Prelim Projections — Men

  1. Florida — 882.5
  2. Georgia — 578.5
  3. Tennessee — 569
  4. Texas A&M — 548
  5. Auburn — 537.5
  6. LSU — 297
  7. Alabama — 255.5
  8. Kentucky — 246
  9. South Carolina — 214
  10. Missouri — 197

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I miss the ISL
1 month ago

This men’s 2nd place battle is gonna be one of the most exciting team races we’ve seen in a while

MarshFAN
1 month ago

Mr Crooks NEEDS to show front speed at 42+ and will be 1:29 – GO VOLS!

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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