Bella Sims Leads Off Florida’s 800 Free Relay in SEC Record of 1:40.90

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 1

February 20th, 2024 College, SEC

2024 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS

WOMEN’S 800 FREE RELAY — FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 6:45.91, Stanford – 2017 NCAA Championships
  • SEC Record: 6:51.80, Georgia — 2016 NCAA Championships
  • SEC Championship Record: 6:52.54, Georgia — 2013
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 7:00.86
  • 2024 NCAA ‘B’ Standard: 7:05.88

Full Results:

  1. Florida – 6:49.65 *NEW SEC RECORD* 
  2. Tennessee – 6:53.43 (NCAA ‘A’ Standard)
  3. Georgia – 6:57.10 (NCAA ‘A’ Standard)
  4. Texas A&M – 6:59.96 (NCAA ‘A’ Standard)
  5. LSU – 7:01.57
  6. Auburn – 7:02.26
  7. South Carolina – 7:03.05
  8. Arkansas – 7:09.29
  9. Kentucky – 7:13.21
  10. Missouri – 7:14.60
  11. Alabama – 7:14.78
  12. Vanderbilt – 7:16.48

Florida freshman Bella Sims broke the SEC record in the women’s 200 freestyle as she swam a 1:40.90 leading off the team’s 800 freestyle relay. Sims broke Megan Romano‘s SEC record of a 1:41.21 that stood since 2012. Romano notably swam that time to win the 2012 NCAA title.

Sims also helped the Florida women break the SEC record in the 800 free relay. The team of Sims, Isabel Ivey, Emma Weyant, and Micayla Cronk swam to a final time of a 6:49.65 to break the previous record of a 6:51.80 that a Georgia set in 2016 at NCAAs. Georgia’s relay of Hali Flickinger, Kylie Stewart, Meaghan Raab, and Brittany MacLean won the 2016 NCAA title.

Split Comparison Sims and Romano:

Sims Romano
50 23.14 23.78
100 25.38 25.48
150 26.1 25.7
200 26.28 26.25
1:40.90 1:41.21

Sims notably has been faster than a 1:40.90 before as her best time is a 1:40.78. That time was swam back in December 2022 at Winter Juniors before Sims arrived at Florida. Her best time makes her the 10th fastest performer all-time.

Split Comparison Relay Record:

Florida Georgia
Sims 1:40,90 Flickinger 1:42.80
Ivey 1:42.19 Stewart 1:43.95
Weyant 1:43.33 Raab 1:43.59
Cronk 1:43.23 MacLean 1:41.46

Sims split was a big boost to Florida’s relay as Georgia did not have any swimmer under the 1:41 mark back in 2016.

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aquajosh
1 month ago

That’s a new school record for Florida by seven seconds.

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Anya Pelshaw

Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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