2020 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 18 – Saturday, February 22, 2020
- Auburn, AL – James E. Martin Aquatic Center
- Prelims/Finals: 9:30 AM/5:30 PM Wed-Sat, 10/4:20PM Tues (Central Standard Time)
- Defending Champion: Florida (7x) (results)
- Live Video – SEC Network+ (prelims), ESPN (finals)
- Men’s Fan Guide
- Women’s Fan Guide
- Psych Sheets
- Championship Central
- Estimated NCAA Invite Times
- NCAA ‘A’ Cuts
- Day 1 Finals Recap
- Live Video (Wednesday Finals)
- Heat Sheets
- Live Results
Update: in spite of Hopkin recording a -.05 reaction time, meet officials declared an equipment malfunction when video review showed it clearly that Arkansas’ leadoff leg Kobie Melton touched the pad while Hopkin’s toe was still on the block. It is within the bounds of NCAA rules to overturn the touchpads when officials can confirm a clear equipment malfunction. The video was reviewed by equipment manufacturer Omega, the meet referee, and an SEC admin. A video appears as though the leadoff leg, Kobie Melton, almost took an extra stroke, but on a bit of a weird finish probably registered a soft touch. So, the swim was legal, but that means that the split was probably not quite as fast as 20.27. It was still probably the fastest, or very close to the fastest, swim, as the error in the touchpad didn’t appear to be .18 seconds.
Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin made history on Wednesday night at the 2020 SEC Championships. On the 2nd leg of Arkansas’ 200 free relay, Hopkin raced to a 20.27 split. That’s the fastest 50 free relay split in history, ahead of the former mark by nearly 2 tenths. Before tonight, Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil had shared the fastest ever in 20.45.
Tennessee’s Erika Brown also had a notable swim. She led off for the Vols in 21.15, tying her own SEC Meet Record from last season. The Volunteers wound up taking silver in the final. Arkansas placed 4th.
Coming into this meet, Brown and Hopkin were tied as the fastest in the SEC with a 21.19. Brown then matched that season-leading time with her prelims swim to take the top seed for tonight’s final. Hopkin is the 2nd seed there, and the women will go head-to-head for the title. Brown currently owns back-to-back titles in the event.
Arkansas entered the meet with an NCAA “A” cut already thanks to a 1:28.39 mid-season, and improved that on Thursday to a 1:27.93 and a 4th-place finish.