2024 SEC Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap




Another day of the 2024 SEC Championships is here. This morning’s prelims session should be a fairly short one, as we only have the 200 fly, 100 back, and 100 breast this morning.

In the men’s 100 back, Georgia sophomore Ruard Van Renan, who was a standout for Southern Illinois last season, comes in as the top seed. Van Renen has already been 44.50 this season, while Nate Stoffle and Aidan Stoffle of Auburn are the only other two swimmers in the SEC who have been under 45 seconds this year.

After having yesterday off from racing, Florida freshman Bella Sims will be back in action today in the 200 fly. Sims comes into the morning as the top seed in the women’s 200 fly with her season best of 1:54.05. She holds a career best of 1:51.06 in the event.

Tennessee’s Mona McSharry, who has already been a stunning 56.87 in the 100 breast this season, comes in as the top seed in the women’s 100 breast this morning. Incredibly, McSharry is the top seed in the event this morning by over 2 seconds. Her 56.87 is also the SEC record in the event.


  • NCAA Record: 1:49.51 – Ella Eastin, Stanford (2018)
  • SEC Record: 1:51.51 – Riley Gaines, Kentucky (2022)
  • SEC Championship Record: 1:51.51 – Riley Gaines, Kentucky (2022)
  • Pool Record: 1:51.32 – Katinka Hosszu, USC (2012)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 1:52.86
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:59.23


  1. Bella Sims (Florida) – 1:52.93
  2. Greta Pelzek (South Carolina) – 1:54.41
  3. Sara Stotler (Tennessee) – 1:54.98
  4. Meghan Lee (Auburn) – 1:55.57
  5. Zoe Dixon (Florida) – 1:55.82
  6. Olivia Theall (Texas A&M) – 1:56.01
  7. Lainy Kruger (Florida) – 1:56.76
  8. Sofia Sartori (LSU) – 1:56.79

Bella Sims kicked off the action this morning, leading the women’s 200 fly prelims with a 1:52.93. The performance marks a season best for Sims, though her lifetime best is 1:51.06. She also set herself up very well to make a run at another SEC title tonight, as she led prelims this morning by 1.5 seconds. No doubt, Sims will have her eyes on Riley Gaines’ SEC record of 1:51.51 tonight in finals.

South Carolina’s Greta Pelzek, who was great in the 100 fly yesterday, came in 2nd this morning with a 1:54.41. Not only is that swim a new season best for Pelzek, it marks a career best as well. She swam a very consistently-split race, which often makes for a great 200 fly, splitting 26.06 on the first 50, then going 29.31, 29.56, and 29.48 the rest of the way.

Tennessee’s Sara Stotler also had a great race this morning, swimming a 1:54.98 for 3rd. Stotler holds a career best of 1:53.94 in the 200 fly, which she swam at last year’s NCAA Championships, though her swim this morning marks her first time under 1:55 this season.


  • NCAA Record: 1:37.35 – Jack Conger, Texas (2017)
  • SEC Record: 1:38.69 – Shaine Casas, Texas A&M (2021)
  • SEC Championship Record: 1:39.00, Luca Urlando, Georgia (2022)
  • Pool Record: 1:40.93 – Camden Murphy, Georgia (2020)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 1:40.16
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:45.89


  1. Jan Zubik (Mizzou) – 1:40.95
  2. Martin Espernberger (Tennessee) – 1:41.88
  3. Jake Magahey (Georgia) – 1:42.08
  4. Mason Laur (Florida) – 1:42.15 (tie)
  5. Ryan Merani (Kentucky) – 1:42.15 (tie)
  6. Danny Schmidt (Auburn) – 1:42.24
  7. Clayton Conklin (Texas A&M) – 1:42.41
  8. Joaqin Gonzalez (Florida)

In a great swim, Mizzou’s Jan Zubik nearly took down the pool record in the men’s 200 fly this morning. He clocked a 1:40.95, blowing away his season best of 1:43.26. Not only that, Zubik also obliterated his previous career best of 1:42.57, which he set at last year’s SECs. He put together a great swim this morning, splitting 22.77, 25.87, 26.27, and 26.04 respectively by 50.

Tennessee freshman Martin Espernberger came in as the top seed with a season best of 1:41.78, then put up a very strong swim of 1:41.88 for 2nd this morning. He was phenomenal coming home this morning, splitting a very quick 25.97 on the final 50, which was the fastest final 50 split in the field.

Jake Magahey was right there as well, taking 3rd in 1:42.08. He was just off his season best of 1:41.81 with the swim.

Florida sophomore J0aquin Gonzalez had a huge swim to make the ‘A’ final. Gonzalez destroyed his season best of 1:45.52, clocking a 1:42.49 this morning, which was good for 8th, earning a spot in tonight’s ‘A’ final. Gonzalez holds a career best of 1:41.37, which he set at last year’s SECs, so keep an eye on him tonight.


  • NCAA Record: 48.26 – Gretchen Walsh, Virginia (2023)
  • SEC Record: 50.02 – Ryan White, Alabama (2020)
  • SEC Championship Record: 50.02 – Ryan White, Alabama (2020)
  • Pool Record: 50.02 – Ryan White, Alabama (2020)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 50.88
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 53.82


  1. Miranda Grana (Texas A&M) – 50.99
  2. Josephine Fuller (Tennessee) – 51.06
  3. Eboni McCarty (Georgia) – 51.16
  4. Izzy Ivey (Florida) – 51.27
  5. Aris Runnels (Florida) – 52.10
  6. Ellie Waldrep (Auburn) – 52.20
  7. Carly Meeting (Florida) – 52.51
  8. Kensley Merritt (Auburn) – 52.53

Texas A&M freshman Miranda Grana was exceptional in the women’s 100 back prelims this morning, blasting a new career best of 50.99. The swim marks the first time Grana, who has competed internationally for Mexico, has been under 51 seconds in the event. Her previous career best was a 51.67, which she swam at the Art Adamson Invite back in November. This morning, Grana was out in 25.12, then came home in 25.87, marking a very tightly split 100 back.

Tennessee’s Josephine Fuller had a great swim for 2nd this morning, clocking a 51.06. Her swim was a season best and came in just off her lifetime best of 51.00.

Izzy Ivey, the champion of the 200 free last night, came in 4th this morning with a 51.27.


  • NCAA Record: 43.35 – Luca Urlando, Georgia (2022)
  • SEC Record: 43.35 – Luca Urlando, Georgia (2022)
  • SEC Championship Record: 44.10 – Zane Waddell, Alabama (2020)
  • Pool Record: 44.24 – Zane Waddell, Alabama (2020)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 44.71
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 47.47


  1. Jonny Marshall (Florida) – 44.36
  2. Nate Stoffle (Auburn) – 44.99
  3. Aidan Stoffle (Auburn) – 45.12
  4. Grant Bochenski (Mizzou) – 45.19
  5. Adam Chaney (Florida) – 45.21
  6. Ruard Van Renen (Georgia) – 45.22
  7. Bradley Dunham (Georgia) – 45.44
  8. Sohib Khaled (Auburn)- 45.56

Florida freshman Jonny Marshall had the swim of his life this morning, throwing down a 44.36 to lead prelims of the 100 back. It was a truly massive performance for Marshall, shattering his career best of 45.57, which he swam at the Georgia Invite in the fall. He was out in a stunning 21.11 this morning, which was the fastest first 50 split in the field by far. With the swim, Marshall is now the fastest freshman ever in the 100 back.

Florida also now has a scary duo in the 100 back, as Adam Chaney is one of the fastest 100 backstrokers in the NCAA as well. He came in 5th this morning with a 45.21, which was a season best, but in case anyone has forgotten, Chaney holds a career best of 44.17 in the 100 back, which he swam at last year’s SECs.

The Stoffle brother duo of Nate and Aidan was great for Auburn this morning. Nate Stoffle was also under 45 seconds this morning, coming in 2nd with aa 44.99. Aidan was 3rd this morning with a 45.12.


  • NCAA Record: 55.73 – Lilly King, Indiana (2019)
  • SEC Record: 56.87 – Mona McSharry, Tennessee (2024)
  • SEC Championship Record: 57.25 – Mona McSharry, Tennessee (2023)
  • Pool Record: 57.71 – Breeja Larson, Texas A&M (2012)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 58.02
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:01.46


  1. Mona McSharry (Tennessee) – 57.06 (CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD, POOL RECORD)
  2. Emelie Fast (Tennessee) – 58.44
  3. Avery Wiseman (Alabama) – 58.48
  4. Zoie Hartman (Georgia) – 58.56
  5. Alessia Ferraguti (Arkansas) – 58.99
  6. Bobbi Kennett (Texas A&M) – 59.13
  7. Molly Mayne (Florida) – 59.31
  8. Stasya Makarova (Auburn) – 59.36

Tennessee superstar breaststroker Mona McSharry was excellent this morning in prelims of the women’s 100 breast, clocking a 57.06. While that swim comes in just a hair off her season best of 56.87, which is also the SEC record in the event, she did break the SEC Championship record this morning, as well as the Auburn pool record. McSharry held the previous championship record with a 57.25, which she swam at last year’s SECs. Moreover, the pool record (57.71) she broke was held by Breeja Larson from 2012, making it a 12-year-old record.

As always, Tennessee showed their depth in developing breaststrokers, as Emelie Fast came in 2nd this morning with a 58.44. The Swedish first-year went under 59 seconds for the first time in her career with the performance.

Alabama’s Avery Wiseman had a solid race this morning, clocking a 58.48 for 3rd overall. The swim was a season best for Wiseman, and her first time under 59 seconds this season, though she holds a lifetime best of 57.79 in the event.


  • NCAA Record: 49.69 – Ian Finnerty, Indiana (2018)
  • SEC Record: 50.03 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2018)
  • SEC Championship Record: 50.03 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (2018)
  • Pool Record: 51.28 – Dillon Hillis, Florida (2020)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 51.10
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 53.63


  1. Aleksas Savickas (Florida) – 51.05 (POOL RECORD)
  2. Alex Sanchez (Texas A&M) – 51.19
  3. Henry Bethel (Auburn) – 51.51
  4. Mitch Mason (LSU) – 51.77
  5. Julian Smith (Florida) – 52.00
  6. Flynn Crisci (Tennessee) – 52.03
  7. Alejandro Flores (Auburn) – 52.17
  8. Trey Sheils (Alabama) – 52.42

Two swimmers went under the Auburn pool record in the men’s 100 breast this morning. Florida’s Aleksas Savickas took nearly 1.5 seconds off his season best, swimming a 51.05 for the top time of the morning, With the performance Savickas dipped under the pool record of 51.28, which was held by former Gator Dillon Hillis from 2020.

Texas A&M senior Alex Sanchez went 51.19 for 2nd this morning, also coming in under the pool record mark. Savickas swam two heats before Sanchez, so he never actually held the record. More importantly, however, the swim marks a career best for Sanchez, bettering his previous best of 51.37, which he swam at the Art Adamson Invite this past November.

Auburn’s Henry Bethel was right there as well, taking 3rd this morning in 51.51. The performance is a new career best for the junior, taking nearly half-a-second off his previous top time of 51.93, which he swam last February.

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Bill Lumberg
2 months ago

McSharry just got back from 8 days in Asia. Most swimmers are sick after a meet like that. Incredible.

2 months ago

What a massive swim from Marshall that changes the game at ncaas

2 months ago

seems like the sec likes to closely split their races lmao

2 months ago

Jonny Marshall and Scotty Buff being in form and and 10-25 point each potential each should help Florida edge IU barring a choke like last year

Justin Pollard
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

They need to on in about a month. Being on now could be a good sign, could be a bad sign. Good swims all around though.

Reply to  Justin Pollard
2 months ago

They were on fire last SECs, and then, well, they got 6th…

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Sometimes Florida, they seem hit their taper here and then miss it at NCAAs
Hopefully this year is different

Reply to  Mike
2 months ago

Very few rest and shave fully for conference only to go faster at NCAAs. For 99% of teams you have to pick 1 meet. If you’re good enough, the way to do it is qualify mid season, rest a little for conference then fully for NCAAs. The challenge is that it’s so difficult to qualify for NCAAs, very few can qualify without resting fully.

I don’t blame anyone for struggling to replicate their conference times again at NCAAs because of this.

2 months ago

200 fly swim off for the C final is brutal

Last edited 2 months ago by KSW
Reply to  KSW
2 months ago

Better than a 200 Fly swim off for an alternate spot 😂

2 months ago

The heat between the Stoffle brothers must be off the charts. Imagine losing to your younger brother by a tenth of a second, just brutal. Maybe Aidan will make a comeback at finals though.
I wonder how competitive those two were growing up lol

Falcon Flyer
Reply to  saltie
2 months ago

I swam with both of them on our club team and they’ve always been neck n neck with each other. Its always been Aiden does something amazing and then Nate comes in and does the same thing soon after. Great guys though and an amazing family.

2 months ago

The 2023 invited times look a bit suspect today.

The Weez
Reply to  Mike
2 months ago

are they the B / provisional cuts from last year? Yes, I’m being lazy and not looking them up but still writing about it.

2 months ago

Jonny Marshall was just one-hundredth off Adam Chaney’s school record in the 100 back. His PB before this meet was a 45.5 from midseason, where he also went 1:38.5 in the 200 back, which is by far his better event. Watch out.

Reply to  aquajosh
2 months ago

I used to joke about the US lending us a talented backstroker… Appears something may have been manifested lol

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

I mean, y’all cast off Gemma Spofforth as an also-ran, and Florida gave her back to you as a World Champion and World Record holder. It wouldn’t be the first time your National Team has been given a gift from UF.

Reply to  aquajosh
2 months ago

Touch harsh on Gemma pre-Florida; She was European Junior champ aged 15, but Greg certainly took her to the next level, one I doubt she’d have reached at home at that time.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

And then she had glandular fever, and other issues, and was this close to quitting swimming. Her father wrote an open letter thanking Florida. By the way, Wilby was her primary coach, and then Troy. GB had basically decided by the point she went to college that she was one of those junior champions who were past their prime.
“Our daughter seemed to come second most of the time, so you spend some time counselling as well and urging her to keep going. One day you’ll be a winner if you keep trying. Eventually she’s offered a golden chance to train at the University of Florida on a sporting scholarship, even if the Coach thinks this is the riskiest… Read more »

Reply to  aquajosh
2 months ago

What country?

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Isn’t he British

Reply to  Noah
2 months ago

Marshall? Yes. He is a dual national. US born, but his mum is a British former swimmer.