Florida Men Score a Record-Setting 1584 Points To Win 12th Consecutive SEC Title


Final Results

  1. Florida — 1584
  2. Auburn — 1104
  3. Georgia — 1042
  4. Texas A&M — 1006.5
  5. Tennessee — 992
  6. LSU — 553
  7. Alabama — 527.5
  8. Missouri — 513
  9. South Carolina — 442
  10. Kentucky — 433

The Gator men kept their streak alive, winning their 12th straight SEC championship in Auburn, AL. They did so in style, breaking the record for most points scored at an SEC Championship with 1584 points. Their performance breaks the record they set last year at 1488.5 points and marks the first time an SEC team has scored more than 1500 points at a college championship.

This was also their largest margin of victory during their 12-year streak as they finished 480 points ahead of the second-place Auburn Tigers.

2013 1408 212
2014 1440 159.5
2015 1314.5 180
2016 1275 52
2017 1271.5 286.5
2018 1237 243
2019 1233 96
2020 1194 218.5
2021 1401 76.5
2022 1414 476
2023 1488.5 399
2024 1584 480

This is the Florida men’s 44th conference championship, extending the gap between them and Auburn for most SEC titles in conference history. Auburn still owns the longest streak of consecutive titles: they won 16 titles from 1997 through 2012, though Florida is creeping up to that number.

For the second straight year, both the Florida men and women won the conference title. The last time the program claimed both back-to-back titles was 28 years ago in 1996-97. As he did last year, head coach Anthony Nesty jumped in the pool twice. This is Nesty’s sixth conference title in six years as head coach of the Florida men.

“It’s always great to come to the SEC Championship and win,” said Nesty. “It was a group effort. The support staff is fantastic. The administration obviously gives us the resources. The most important thing is the development of our athletes in the classroom and in the pool so that they could perform at a high level this week.”

Gator Event Winners: 

The Gators won 13 events over the course of the meet, up from the eight they won last year. And after Tennessee beat them in two relays last year, Florida swept all five relays.

They started the meet off with a bang, breaking the minutes old American record that NC State had just set at ACCs in the 200 medley relay. They swept the opening night’s relays, picking up the win in the 800 freestyle relay as well with an SEC Meet record.

Their returning swimmers all performed well; Josh Liendo won two individual events and won bronze in a third, tying with Texas A&M’s Baylor Nelson for the men’s Commissioner’s Trophy (high point award) with totals of 91 points each. A stalwart on their relays for the last two seasons, Macguire McDuff earned his first individual SEC title with a win in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore breaststroker Aleksas Savickas finished 1st and 2nd in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

But they got big performances from their newcomers which really helped them put the conference title out of reach quickly. Freshman diver Conor Gesing won the 3-meter board and was named Men’s Diver of the Meet. Jonny Marshall exploded in backstroke, sweeping the discipline. His 100 backstroke time is now the fastest by a freshman in NCAA history. Their classmate Andrew Taylor dropped nearly 26 seconds to win the 1650 freestyle from an afternoon heat.

Last year, the Gators struggled to translate their momentum from SECs to NCAAs in the individual events, but getting performances like these from their freshmen at NCAAs next month would be huge for the Gators. Their projected to be in a tight race with teams like Indiana and NC State for 3rd.

At the conference level, the Gators have a lot of reason to be confident about their chances next year, though Texas’ arrival will surely shake things up. Senior Jake Mitchell is the only one in their top 10 individual points scorers who’s a senior.

Next, the Florida Gators head to NCAAs, which take place in Indianapolis, IN from March 27-30, 2024.

Gator Individual Scorers:

  1. Josh Liendo, Sophomore — 91 points
  2. Conor Gesing, Freshman / Macguire McDuff, Junior — 82 points
  3. (tie)
  4. Giovanni Linscheer, Sophomore — 80 points
  5. Jonny Marshall, Freshman / Jake Mitchell, Senior — 78 points
  6. (tie)
  7. Julian Smith, Junior — 75.5 points
  8. Mason Laur, Junior — 73 points
  9. Joaquín González Piñero, Junior — 65 points
  10. Andrew Taylor, Freshman — 64 points
  11. Adam Chaney, Senior / Aleksas Savickas, Sophomore — 63 points
  12. (tie)
  13. Oskar Lindholm, Junior — 59 points
  14. Christopher Donald, Senior — 52 points
  15. Eric Brown, Sophomore — 48 points
  16. Scotty Buff, Freshman — 45 points
  17. Peter Bretzmann, Junior — 43 points
  18. Sean Sullivan, Freshman — 38 points
  19. Ed Fullum-Hout, Sophomore — 33.5 points
  20. Billy Jones, Senior — 29 points
  21. Peyton Donald, Sophomore — 20 points
  22. Jack VanDeusen, Senior — 2 points

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1 month ago

Wow what total domination by the Florida Team. Congratulation to the swimmers, divers, staff and coaches. Coach Nesty is a class act.

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1 month ago

Excellent job 👍

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Next great Coach

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