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
Data Compiled by Barry Revzin
- See Also: Hot-or-Not, SEC Championships Day 2
The 4-time defending SEC Champion Texas A&M women clawed their way into 4th place on day 3 of the 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships, sitting within striking distance of 3rd-place Kentucky.
While the Aggies don’t seem like they’ve got the firepower this year to win another team title, they continue to have the best performance-against-seed after day 3 of the meet.
Not a lot changed at the top of the day 3 Hot-or-Not rankings, though the Vanderbilt Commadores did have a good session in spite of not scoring any points on Thursday. That was led by 6 season-best times from their 100 butterfly group.
In terms of the battle for the team title, Tennessee and Florida both have middling improvement levels to show so far in this meet. The two teams sort of reversed roles on Thursday: while Florida had more swimmers that dropped time versus seed overall than Tennessee, Tennessee had more swimmers that dropped more time than did the Gators, including for example Amanda Nunan, who dropped almost 7 seconds in the 400 IM to move from non-scorer to C finalist. Those are the kind of moves at the bottom end of a table that can make-or-break an SEC Championship.
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3:
1. Tennessee, University of, Knox 632.5 2. University of Florida 585.5 3. Kentucky, University of 491.5 4. Texas A&M University 491 5. Auburn University 478 6. Georgia, University of 456 7. University of Alabama 351.5 8. University of Arkansas 254 9. Missouri 252 10. Louisiana State University 236 11. South Carolina, University of, 228 12. Vanderbilt University 90
Meanwhile, in the men’s team race, the Florida Gators have begun to pull away from the Texas A&M men thanks to 9 A-final swims on Thursday (as compared to just 1 for the Aggies). The Florida men showed about the same improvements on day 3 as they did on day 2, and the A&M men did a little worse against seed on day 3.
While Thursday simply lined up as a good day for the Florida men, A&M doesn’t have enough room left in this meet to simply ‘chip away.’ If they want to get back into contention, they’ll have to start seeing more big drops on Friday. Highlighting the difference in fates between the two schools: about 75% of the A&M men’s individual swims at this meet have dropped less than 2% versus seed. About 75% of the Florida men’s individual swims at this meet have dropped more than 2% versus seed.
MEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3:
1. University of Florida 694.5 2. Texas A&M University 538.5 3. Georgia, University of 493.5 4. University of Alabama 438.5 5. Tennessee, University of, Knox 422 6. Kentucky, University of 416 7. Missouri 415 8. Auburn University 385 9. South Carolina, University of, 265 10. Louisiana State University 258