2021 SEC MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 23 – Friday, February 26, 2021
- Columbia, MO – University of Missouri
- Prelims/Finals: 10 AM/5 PM Tues, 10 AM/6 PM Weds-Fri (Central Standard Time)
- Defending Champion: Florida (8x) (results)
- Live Video – SEC Network
- Championship Central (SEC)
- Championship Central (Mizzou)
- Updated psych sheet
- Live Results
Smith produced the second-fastest 200 freestyle in history leading off Florida’s 800 free relay, while Casas — who also led off the Texas A&M free relay that eventually ran down the Gators — had a standout performance leading off the Aggies’ 200 medley relay.
Casas registered a 50 back time of 20.61, improving on his previous personal best time of 20.82, to slot in as the ninth-fastest swim in history while making him the fifth-fastest performer.
Leading off Florida’s relay, which would go on to win, was freshman Adam Chaney, who knocked 0.99 form his lifetime best in 20.72 to become the ninth-fastest man of all-time.
All-Time Performers, Men’s 50 Back (SCY)
- Ryan Murphy (CAL), 20.20 – 2016
- Zane Waddell (BAMA), 20.22 – 2019
- Junya Koga (MICH), 20.35 – 2014
- Connor Oslin (BAMA), 20.39 – 2017
- Shaine Casas (TAMU), 20.61 – 2021
- Daniel Carr (CAL), 20.62 – 2020
- Paul Ungur (UTAH), 20.64 – 2018
- Coleman Stewart (NCST), 20.65 – 2018
- Adam Chaney (FLOR), 20.72 – 2021
- Taylor Dale (UGA) – 2017 / Albert Subirats (ARIZ) – 2008, 20.73
Casas first broke 21 seconds at the 2020 SECs in 20.84, and then hit that 20.82 at the Art Adamson Invitational this past November.
For Chaney, he entered his first collegiate season with a best of 22.58, and then swam a 21.71 at the Auburn Fall Invite which was his PB before tonight.
The freshman ultimately led the Gators to the win in 1:23.17, with Alabama and Texas A&M tying for second in 1:23.28.
Georgia, who entered the day as the second-fastest team in the country in 1:23.60, were just shy of that time for fourth in 1:23.62. The Bulldogs had the fastest fly (Camden Murphy, 19.97) and free splits (Dillon Downing, 18.59) in the field, while Tennessee junior Michael Houlie wowed with a 22.77 breast leg for Tennessee — tying him for 10th all-time.
Check out all the splits from the 200 medley relay below:
|Shaine Casas||Texas A&M||20.61|
|Guy Gropper||South Carolina||21.82|
|Tanner Olson||Texas A&M||23.26|
|Luke Massey||South Carolina||23.76|
|Jace Brown||Texas A&M||20.50|
|Jordan Yip||South Carolina||21.38|
|Mark Theall||Texas A&M||18.91|
|AJ Ross||South Carolina||19.14|
800 FREE RELAY
The only swimmer other than Kieran Smith under 1:32 on the 800 free relay was Casas, who won’t even be swimming the 200 free later in the meet. Smith is clearly in a class of his own here, with his 1:29.48 stacking up as #2 all-time behind Dean Farris.
However, Texas A&M had more depth on their back-half legs as they ultimately came back to win by six-tenths in 6:11.63. Casas hit a best time of 1:31.28 leading off, and Mark Theall, who anchored the Aggie medley relay earlier, was strong in 1:32.52.
Bulldog freshman Luca Urlando, who swam a best of 1:33.33 in November, led off in 1:34.56, indicating he’s likely saving a full taper for NCAAs.
|Shaine Casas||Texas A&M||1:31.28|
|Tamas Novoszath||South Carolina||1:35.35|
|Mark Theall||Texas A&M||1:32.52|
|Kaloyan Bratanov||Texas A&M||1:33.30|
|Clayton Bobo||Texas A&M||1:34.53|
|Rafael Ponce de Leon||Tennessee||1:35.94|
|Rafael Davila||South Carolina||1:36.29|
|Phil Costin||South Carolina||1:37.19|
|Chase Allison||South Carolina||1:37.52|