Dressel Talks Senior Class, Winning SEC’s 4-in-a-Row (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • Wednesday, February 14 – Sunday, February 18
  • Rec Center Natatorium, College Station, TX (Central Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10AM / Finals 6PM
  • Defending Champion: Florida (5x) (results)
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheet
  • Live results
  • Live Video (finals)


  1. GOLD: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 41.01
  2. SILVER: Peter Holoda, Auburn, 41.78
  3. BRONZE: Zach Apple, Auburn, 41.91

Caeleb Dressel hauled in a 3rd gold and another SEC Meet Record, successfully defending his title with a 41.01. This is the fastest he’s ever been at SECs, and Dressel indicated that he’s had no taper whatsoever in his post-race interview. Auburn got 2 guys on the podium with a pair of 41s from Peter Holoda and Zach Apple. Florida’s Maxime Rooney and Alabama’s Robert Howard battled for 4th, with Rooney getting there a nail ahead, 42.51 to 42.58. Khader Baqlah gave the Gators another top 8 finish with a 42.74 for 6th.


  1. GOLD: Florida, 2:47.06
  2. SILVER: Auburn, 2:48.58
  3. BRONZE: Alabama, 2:50.24

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel broke the SEC Meet Record again leading off the 400 free relay. Dressel flipped in 19.45, touching in 40.87 to give the Gators a lead. Auburn’s Zach Apple popped off a lifetime best 41.64 racing him on the first leg. The Tigers moved into the lead with a 41.09 from Peter Holoda, while Florida’s Khader Baqlah put up a 41.98. Maxime Rooney brought the lead back to the Gators with a 41.98 split to Liam McCloskey‘s 42.99. Mark Szaranek closed in 42.23, pulling the Gators further ahead as Hugo Gonzalez (42.86) secured silver for Auburn.

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3 years ago

however disappointing it is to see Dressel not break 40.00 at SECs, it is very good to see him continually dropping his 100 free time year-by-year at SECs. At this rate, I see no problem in him going 39.7 or better at NCAAs, which is crazy just typing it up as a prediction.

Reply to  Lucas
3 years ago

Gave him a break. He has broken several american records which is very good. Florida looks not bad overall. Winning NCAA Championship title is not out of the question. Texas may have some pressure to defend their title but wish them best of luck. May the best team wins.

Reply to  Buona
3 years ago

Weird how Texas has potential to win or get 5th. It would be legendary if Florida won because it would all be attributed to one guy

3 years ago

Doesnt look like the eagle tattoo is coming back, but im glad he’s keeping the flag

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago

There’s a full interview on swimming world where he says the eagle is gonna get filled back in. He said he didn’t have enough time to get all the colour and detail filled in on part of his arm but the eagle and inside of his arm will should be finished up within this year

3 years ago

He’s almost 22 and wearing dental braces? Unfortunately makes him suspicious…

Reply to  oli993
3 years ago


Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  oli993
3 years ago

Uh, wut?

Reply to  oli993
3 years ago

come again buddy , we didnt hear u well on that one ….

Reply to  oli993
3 years ago

Or it just means he is getting around to fixing his teeth now. Braces are expensive and he/his family might not have seen it as a priority until last year when he got them. You’re really reaching for signs if that’s all you have to go off of

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