The Tennessee men split their meet with Texas and Auburn on Saturday, dropping a close meet to the defending national champion Longhorns and coming out with a win over the SEC rival Tigers. On the women’s side, Tennessee beat Auburn as well.
Distance standouts Joanna Evans and Evie Pfeifer each won a double for the Horns.
Buchholz’s Talia Bates won her 4th-straight state title in the 50 free and her 3rd-straight title in the 100 free.
A close call on the girls’ side saw Creekside eke out a 4-point victory over local rival Bartram Trail to become back-to-back champions.
Buchholz’s Talia Bates, the 3-time defending 50 free state champion and 2-time defending champ in the 100 fly, has already hit the AA-A standard in the 50 free this season. Her regionals time of 22.85 makes her the top seed for states and the region 1 champion.
Bartram Trail’s Summer Stanfield swept her events in region 1.
Bayshore’s Ryley Ober, the 2017 champion in the 100 free and 200 free, leads the region 3 cluster in both of her events.
Mary Smutny picked up a pair of district wins in the 100 free and 200 free.
The Gators extended their winning streak over state rival FSU on Friday as the men and women beat the Noles in dual meet action. Freshman Mabel Zavaros had a strong showing for the women, winning 3 events.
Buchholz’s Talia Bates, the 2-time defending 50 free state champion, has already hit the automatic All-American time standard in the 50 free with a 23.23 to lead the way in regional cluster 1 (districts 1-3). She also put up an AA-C time to win the 100 fly.
Bartram Trail’s Summer Stanfield put up the only automatic All-American time of the region 1 cluster (districts 1-3). Stanfield’s 2:00.73 puts her far ahead of the field heading into regionals and is nearly 2 seconds faster than her time from the 2017 state finals (her former lifetime best ahead of district prelims).
Saturday marked new head coach Gary Taylor’s first meet coaching the Auburn Tigers. He started things off with a women’s team win over Florida Gulf Coast University.
200 breast Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin looks to defend his 100 breast title against Yan Zibei, who leads the way into the final after setting a Games Record in prelims.
Among the swimmers to watch is Japanese IM star Yui Ohashi, who leads the way in the 400 IM.