# How Florida Won the Men’s SEC Team Title For a 7th Year in a Row

##### by Spencer Penland 13

February 23rd, 2019

### FINAL TEAM SCORES (MEN)

1. University of Florida            1233
2. Missouri                         1137
3. Tennessee, University of, Knox    917
4. Texas A&M University              907
5. The University of Georgia       862.5
6. University of Alabama           789.5
7. Kentucky, University of           672
8. Auburn University               661.5
9. South Carolina, University of,    565
10. Louisiana State University      486.5

The Florida Gators pulled off an impressive 7th-in-a-row SEC title tonight after a hard fought battle with Mizzou. You might be asking yourself “how did Florida still manage to win despite losing an insanely impressive senior class to graduation last year?” Afterall, the Gators lost Caeleb Dressel, the greatest SCY sprinter of all time, as well as individual NCAA champions Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek, and sophomore Michael Taylor (a former Junior World Record holder) redshirted this season due to health issues.

The answer, simply put, is a freshman class that showed up and showed out for the Gators. While replacing a class led by Caeleb Dressel was a very tall order to fill, Florida’s freshman went above and beyond to fill the roster out. In fact, freshmen scored 358.5 of Florida’s 904 individual points, the most of any class. Here is the breakdown of points by class for UF:

• Freshman – 358.5
• Sophomore – 63
• Junior – 326
• Senior – 156.5

So let’s dive into that freshman class and see where those points are coming from:

Moreover, junior Maxime Rooney was the team’s highest scorer, accumulating 87 points. Robert Finke was next most at 84, and Trey Freeman was 3rd with 79. Additionally, the freshmen were very helpful to Florida in the relays. In total, Florida won 4 individual events and 1 relay.

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Carol Glover
2 years ago

Great swimming Kieran!

SaintJoseph
2 years ago

Congratulations to UF. Thought the mighty Man-Vols had a chance going in…coming out it is as usual…no hardware for us. Looks like the Gators have a bright future with their young team. We lose so much of our strength after this year – Hope UT coaches get out on the road and recruit, recruit, recruit!!! A GREAT effort on the part of the GATORS – well done.

Pvdh
2 years ago

Kieran breaking out big as a freshman helped a bunch

The michael phelps caterpillar
2 years ago

Would’ve been a great meet if Rowdy wasn’t commentating. Oh well!

Wolfensf
Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
2 years ago

He drives me crazy half the stuff he says is not true.

Hswimmer
2 years ago

Same. Let’s get someone who actually knows what the heck they’re talking about. He swam, but he sounds like he has no idea!!

Wolfensf
2 years ago

Baglah is a junior

How much can CD bench?
2 years ago

Rooney was their highest individual scorer with 87 points. 1st in the 100 fly, 2nd in the 200 fly and 3rd in the 100 free

Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

I believe Maxime scored 87 individual points

Fluidg
2 years ago

There are probably many other examples, but when looking at the battle for 3rd, one swim really stands out. A&M’s Ben Decker, the 200 br champ (A standard), who also posted the fastest 400 medley relay split of the entire field by a good margin, swam the 4th fastest overall time in the 400 IM, but did it out of the C final. That’s a 17 point difference. After the 400 IM, Decker made sure it didn’t play out that way again and didn’t miss out on another A final. One of the most improved and unheralded top performers of the meet.