2022 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 15 – Saturday, February 19, 2022
- Jones Aquatics Center, Knoxville, Tenn. (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Men- Florida (9x)
- Live Results
- Live Video (Watch ESPN)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheets
- 2021 SEC Scoring Breakdown
- Teams: Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
Ben Dornan contributed reporting.
The Florida men broke the SEC record in the 800 free relay, swimming a 6:08.00.
|2022 Florida Men (SEC Champs)||2019 Florida Men (NCAA Champs)|
|Kieran Smith: 1:30.42||Khader Baqlah: 1:32.32|
|Trey Freeman: 1:31.96||Kieran Smith: 1:31.64|
|Oskar Lindholm: 1:32.29||Trey Freeman: 1:33.58|
|Alfonso Mestre: 1:33.33||Maxime Rooney: 1:31.60|
|Total: 6:08.00||Total: 6:09.14|
Smith and Freeman were the only two swimmers on both relays, but they were both over a second faster in 2022 than they were in 2019.
The 2022 relay would’ve won 2nd at NCAAs last year, behind Texas’ 6:07.25. It is also well under their 2021 NCAAs time of 6:10.91, which earned the Gators fourth.
With this time, the Florida men also got a meet record (previously 6:09.91, Florida), a pool record (previously 6:12.18, Florida), and a school record (previously 6:09.14).
Lindholm, a freshman, made an impressive SEC championship debut, proving he can compete on the same wavelength in America as he has in Denmark (European SCM Championships swimmer, 11-time Nordic Junior Championships medalist).
Smith’s split, 1:30.42, was the fastest of all the swimmers. His time puts him within striking distance of his own SEC and Florida record, 1:29.48, and Dean Farris’ NCAA record of 1:29.15.