Florida’s Gravley Drops 5 Seconds in 400 IM on Day 2 of Auburn Invite

AUBURN INVITATIONAL

  • February 7-9, 2020
  • Hosted by Auburn
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  • Full Results (meet mobile)

Saturday night marked day 2 finals of the 2020 Auburn Invite, where swimmers competed individually in the 400 IM, 200 free, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 100 back. Notably, there were a handful of events in which prelims swimmers put up the day’s fastest times before scratching finals. That was the case for a few Auburn swimmers who are competing in the upcoming SEC Championships starting on February 18th.

After making a big drop in the 50 free on day 1, Auburn’s Camille Porter continued to put up best times. She dropped half a second in the 100 fly, taking 2nd in 54.45. The winner, however, was Florida’s Celi Guzman, who broke 54 for the first time in 53.97. Guzman was also just 5 hundredths shy of a lifetime best with a 54.17 in a 100 back time trial.

Florida’s Tyler Watson won the 400 IM, swimming to a 3:52.63 ahead of teammate Brennan Gravley (3:53.54). That’s the 2nd fastest swim of his career, while his lifetime best sits at a 3:51.03. Watson’s swim was a new collegiate best and his fastest swim in the event since 2018. Gravley made a big drop, taking 5 seconds off his former best from 2018.

Balasz Berecz, a late season addition for FSU, picked up his 2nd win of the weekend in the 200 free. Berecz got out to the early lead, with fellow Nole freshman Adrian Aguilar trailing. Aguilar came home slightly faster, but Berecz didn’t give up his lead as he won the race 1:36.48 to 1:37.01. That was a best by Aguilar by over a second.

Alabama’s Meghan Peel picked up a win for the Crimson Tide. She broke 55 for the first time in the 100 back. Peel won the final in 54.83, taking nearly a second off her former best.

Additonal Event Winners

  • W 400 IM: Jaqueline Hippi, Auburn, 4:17.51, (Prelims- Averee Preble, Auburn, 4:17.08)
  • M 100 Fly: Ryland Sun, FSU, 48.68
  • W 200 Free: Kelsey Dambacher, Florida, 1:48.52
  • W 100 Breast: Adrianna Deboer, Florida, 1:02.11
  • M 100 Breast: Jackson Seith, FSU, 54.15
  • M 100 Back: Cole Bruns, Auburn, 49.24

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RTR
8 months ago

Way to go Meg Peel! Great swim!

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