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.
|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.