In any other conference (for instance, their old home in the Big 12), Cammile Adams and Sarah Henry would likely be considered heavy favorites to run away from the field. The SEC, however, remains Elizabeth Beisel‘s territory, who defended her SEC swimming title in impressive fashion with a time of 3:59.53. That’s her season best, as she retains the country’s top time through week 1 of conference championship season. Notably, her time was faster at this meet last year, when she dropped a 3:58.35 that stands as the SEC record.
Adams (4:02.12) and Henry (4:03.75) rounded out the top three to score big points for Texas A&M. Both ladies were just off their season bests; like Beisel, they were already safely qualified for NCAA’s (they hold the second and third fastest times in the country), and are likely not fully tapered for this meet. Georgia claimed the 4-7 spots with the quartet Annie Zhu (4:05.55), Hali Flickinger(4:09.53), Amber McDermott (4:09.75), and Nicole Vernon (4:12.09). Ashlee Linn, a freshman from Florida, finished 8th.
Florida, doing their best to limit the damage from Georgia tonight, took the top two spots in the B-Final, led by Jess Thielmann (4:09.99).