Anthony Nesty Breaks Down 1st SEC Title As Florida Head Coach (Video)



1. University of Florida            1233   
2. Missouri                         1137
3. Tennessee, University of, Knox    917   
4. Texas A&M University              907
5. The University of Georgia       862.5   
6. University of Alabama           789.5
7. Kentucky, University of           672   
8. Auburn University               661.5
9. South Carolina, University of,    565  
10. Louisiana State University      486.5

The Florida Gators pulled off an impressive 7th-in-a-row SEC title tonight after a hard fought battle with Mizzou. You might be asking yourself “how did Florida still manage to win despite losing an insanely impressive senior class to graduation last year?” Afterall, the Gators lost Caeleb Dressel, the greatest SCY sprinter of all time, as well as individual NCAA champions Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek, and sophomore Michael Taylor (a former Junior World Record holder) redshirted this season due to health issues.


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3 years ago

Very impressive how they kept the streak alive but shouldn’t surprise anyone honestly. I’d be a little upset with how close they were with Mizzou considering they wouldn’t have even looked at most of Mizzou’s swimmers coming out of highschool. They recruit national team members and win Championships, no surprise.

The Ready Room
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

Seems to me like this is a tough truth, despite the downvotes. Two of Florida’s freshman class are National Team members, and Kieran Smith wasn’t far off.

Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

How many times has UF won these meets with guys that weren’t highly recruited out of high school though? They developed their reputation on being able to produce NCAA scoring-level talent out of foreign athletes with long course skills, and scrappy kids who were willing to do the work. Conor Dwyer hadn’t even been to NCAAs when he transferred from Iowa. His first year at UF, he was NCAA Swimmer of the Year and won two events there. Both schools have been shown to develop talent from the bottom up.

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Reply to  Aquajosh
3 years ago

I think the argument is more that Mizzou HAS to develop talent, not that Florida can’t. But I agree that they’re both fantastic programs and I’m a big fan of Mizzou’s trajectory, even with their tumultuous coaching situation.

3 years ago

Remember when Auburn was first tier?

Coach MM
3 years ago

Florida had three or four freshman going crazy! Nice job!

3 years ago

Congrats! Big win…wasn’t a slam dunk going in, especially with big graduations. Nice to keep the streak alive. Well done.

3 years ago

Congratulations to Coach Nesty and staff ! The Gators crushed it the last day ! Former great swimmers can make great coaches. Continued best wishes and on to NCAA’s.

3 years ago

Congratulations to Coach Nesty and the Gator Nation. We fell short you was too tough for us.

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