AAC – Men and Women
- Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, 2021 (weather delayed)
- Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center – Dallas, TX (Central Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: ECU men (1x) & Houston women (4x) (results)
- Live results
- Live Video
- Championship Central
- Day 1 Results
- Day 2 Results
Team Standings (Through Day 2)
- SMU – 864
- Cincinnati – 721
- Houston – 688
- SMU – 498.5
- Cincinnati – 472
- Tulane – 410.5
Houston’s Mykenzie Leehy continued to have an excellent meet through the 2nd day of competition. Leehy won the 200 free with a 1:46.27, showing off her speed with a 51.55 on the first 100.Leehy won the race by a comfortable margin, touching first by 1.53 seconds.
Leehy also anchored the Houston 800 free relay to victory with a 1:46.72. Laura Garcia Marin, Sam Medlin, and Elizabeth Richardson were the other Cougars on the relay, propelling the team to its 7:13.86.
Sacha had won the 100 back earlier in the session, posting a 53.17. Sacha led the race wire-to-wire. Higgins was also a member of the 200 medley who won a race earlier, taking the 100 fly with a 53.70.
Tulane senior Kate McDonald had a huge swim in the 100 breast. McDonald posted a 1:00.57, winning the race decisively. Cincinnati’s Camryn Streid won the 400 IM by 3 seconds, touching in 4:16.78.
Houston’s Katie Deininger took women’s 3-meter diving with a final score of 322.70.
Another few records were broken on the 2nd day of competition. The 100 breast pool record was actually broken twice, by two different swimmers. Cincinnati’s Dominic Polling posted the fastest prelims time of the morning, clocking a 53.26, which established a new pool record. SMU then went 1-2-3 in the event in finals, with Caleb Rhodenbaugh leading the way in 53.25, undercutting Dominic’s record by .01 seconds. Evan McCormick was right behind Rhodenbaugh in 53.49, and fellow Mustang Connor Dalbo was 3rd in 53.93. Polling took 4th in finals, swimming a 53.95.
Polling was also a member of the Cincy 200 medley relay, which broke the AAC Championship Record. Blake Hanna led the Bearcats off with a 21.53 on backstroke, with Polling going next, providing a 23.94 breast split. Michael Balcerak then pulled away from the SMU squad with a 20.60 fly split, while freshman Hunter Gubeno anchored in 19.47. The Bearcats clocked a final time of 1:25.54.
SMU had another great night on the boards, going 1-2-3 in the 1-meter diving finals. Parker Hardigree was the champion, scoring 353.75, while teammates Peter Smithson and Dominic Hoefer were 2nd and 3rd.
Cincy’s Blake Hanna was dominant in the 100 back, swimming a 46.57 in finals to touch the wall first by over a second. Hanna was out 2nd-fastest in the field on the first 50, but a 23.99 split coming home on the 2nd 50 pulled him away from the field.