Alabama Women Break SEC 200 Medley Relay Record with 1:33.94

by Emma Edmund 12

February 15th, 2022 College, News, Records, SEC

The Alabama women broke the SEC record in the 200 medley relay during the first evening of the 2022 SEC Championships, posting a 1:33.94.

The team consisted of Rhyan White, Avery Wiseman, Morgan Scott, and Kalia Antoniou, and they defeated the previous record of 1:34.10 set by Tennessee in 2019.

Alabama’s 200 Medley (2022 SEC Champs) Tennessee’s 200 Medley (2019 NCAA Champs)
Back (Rhyan White): 23.65 Back (Meghan Small): 24.03
Breast (Avery Wiseman): 26.35 Breast (Nikol Popov): 26.51
Fly (Morgan Scott): 22.37 Fly (Madeline Banic): 22.58
Free (Kalia Antoniou): 21.57 Free (Erika Brown): 20.98
Total: 1:33.94 Total: 1:34.10

Notably, White, Wiseman, and Scott all posted faster splits than the Tennessee women swimming the same legs of the relay.

Wiseman also had a reaction time of -0.07. Given that Scott had a reaction time of .02 and Antoniou had a reaction time of .03, the relay’s overall reaction time was still -.02.

The record is also a new meet record, defeating Tennessee’s 1:34.26 from 2019, and was just .03 from setting a pool record. The pool record is currently held by Virginia, also set in 2019.

Alabama is now just over a second off the NCAA record, which Virginia set last season at 1:32.93. The Roll Tide women will have the opportunity to face off with UVA at NCAA Championships next month, as well as the reigning NCAA champions, NC State, who just set a meet record at their conference championships.

With this swim, Alabama also broke its school record. The previous Alabama school record was set at the 2021 SEC Championships at 1:34.68. White was also a part of that relay, as well as Scott, but the 2021 relay also featured now-graduated Kaila Wong and current junior Cora Dupre. Wiseman replaced Wong on the breast leg, while Antoniou replaced Dupre.

Alabama’s 200 Medley (2022 SEC Champs) Alabama’s 200 Medley (2021 SEC Champs)
Back (Rhyan White): 23.65 Back (Rhyan White): 23.35
Breast (Avery Wiseman): 26.35 Breast (Kaila Wong): 27.35
Fly (Morgan Scott): 22.37 Fly (Morgan Scott): 22.45
Free (Kalia Antoniou): 21.57 Free (Cora Dupre): 21.53
Total: 1:33.94 Total: 1:34.68

Alabama also won the 200 medley relay last year, marking the 2nd-straight time they took home the title in the event.

The win is a strong start for Alabama, who is projected to come in second behind Tennessee at this meet. Tennessee finished 2nd in the event with a time of 1:34.63.

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Aaron
5 months ago

What’s the point of keeping relay records when we just arbitrarily allow some relays to break the rules

ACC fan
5 months ago

Alabama women will also have to face off against NC STATE, the defending NCAA champs, not just UVA.

Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Margo Greer can’t coach…blah, blah, blah. She’s going to shut a lot of people up.

Slade
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

She inherited quite a few gems and hasn’t brought in anyone on either side at this meet. Let’s see what happens when she has to do her own recruiting in a year.

Virtus
Reply to  Slade
5 months ago

Well recruiting out of the way, keeping elite athletes consistent st their peaks is crazy hard and she seems to be doing it well

Slade
5 months ago

The false start was glaring. As in this should have been called and was somehow overlooked.

Clown Show
5 months ago

Wait am I missing something? I feel like -.07 is a clear DQ.

Admin
Reply to  Clown Show
5 months ago

It should be, unless Omega has moved their set point or someone determined there was an RJP error. Someone told me that Omega overhead cameras are in place at this meet, so it’s possible they identified a touchpad error.

We’ve reached out to the SEC to clarify.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
5 months ago

-.07 with a Southern drawl is completely legal.

-0.07
5 months ago

How can you break a record with a false start?

Swimm
Reply to  -0.07
5 months ago

Stay mad

-0.07
Reply to  Swimm
5 months ago

Well when some teams play by the rules and some don’t it’s hard not to be mad. A DQ was made on the men’s side with a -0.10. A jump is a jump.