Lauren Poole Launches from 24th to SEC Gold in 400 IM, UGA Claims 400 Medley


  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • W Swimming: Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, GA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • W&M Diving: Mizzou Aquatics Center – Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Tennessee (1x) (2020 results)
  • Live results
  • Live Video – SEC Network
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets

As Kentucky surged on night three of this meet, sophomore Lauren Poole was a standout performer.

Lighting up the pool in the first event of the evening, Poole took the 400 IM SEC crown in a 1-2 finish with sophomore teammate Gillian Davey, as both hit lifetime bests.

Notably, Poole has made a dramatic shift from last year to this year. At the 2020 SEC Championships, Poole swam in the C-final, where she was 4:14.21 in prelims to take 17th. In the final, though, she was well off her morning swim, falling to 24th to earn one point with a time of 4:16.83.

She dropped her first sub-4:10 swim, ever, this morning, going 4:06.84. Tonight, she destroyed that time, blasting a 4:03.90 for the SEC title, effectively more than 10 seconds better than she was at this meet in 2020.

Below, you can see how her middle 100 has improved by a landslide, including being six seconds better in the breast.

Lauren Poole 2020 SEC finals v. 2021 SEC finals

2020 SEC C-final
2021 SEC A-final
Fly 26.44 26.11
30.98 30.60
57.42 56.71
Back 32.37 30.79
31.88 30.00
1:04.25 1:00.79
Breast 37.07 34.41
37.63 34.23
1:14.70 1:08.64
Free 30.83 29.4
29.63 28.36
1:00.46 57.76
4:16.83 4:03.90

In the 400 medley relay, the Georgia Bulldogs cracked the 3:30 barrier with the fastest middle 100 of the field



Alabama Rhyan White 50.33
Kentucky Caitlin Brooks 51.51
Missouri Meredith Rees 52.82
Georgia Gabi Fa’Amausili 52.89
Auburn Kensley Merritt 53.24
Florida Katherine Minnich 53.26
Tennessee Kaitlin Harty 53.28
Arkansas Andrea Sansores 53.30
Texas A&M Kara Eisenmann 53.75
LSU Alyssa Helak 54.42
South Carolina Riley Parker 54.56
Vanderbilt Gabriela Pierobon Mays 54.95


Tennessee Mona McSharry 57.60
Georgia Zoie Hartman 57.74
Florida Cecilia Porter 59.45
South Carolina Taylor Steele 59.93
Kentucky Bailey Bonnett 59.93
Texas A&M Alaya Smith 59.93
Alabama Diana Petkova 1:00.05
LSU Emilie Boll 1:00.14
Arkansas Vanessa Herrmann 1:00.25
Auburn Carly Cummings 1:00.59
Missouri Molly Winer 1:01.22
Vanderbilt Lizzy Colwell 1:01.80


Georgia Courtney Harnish 51.23
Missouri Sarah Thompson 51.70
Kentucky Izzy Gati 51.70
Tennessee Trude Rothrock 51.70
Auburn Jewels Harris 52.38
Alabama Gracie Felner 52.55
Texas A&M Taylor Pike 52.67
Florida Talia Bates 52.72
Arkansas Adela Vavrinova 53.79
South Carolina Janie Smith 54.03
LSU Hannah Bellina 54.09
Vanderbilt Tonner Debeer 54.34


Kentucky Riley Gaines 47.30
Georgia Maxine Parker 47.55
Tennessee Tjasa Pintar 47.60
Texas A&M Chloe Stepanek 47.73
Arkansas Kobie Melton 47.87
Alabama Cora Dupre 47.88
Missouri Megan Keil 48.25
Florida Gabrielle Hillis 48.35
Auburn Emma Steckiel 49.49
South Carolina Mari Kraus 49.56
LSU Olivia Taylor 49.76
Vanderbilt Eleanor Beers 50.87

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3 years ago

Nice to see the NBAC swim cap! Great swim club. Fantastic swim.

Last edited 3 years ago by Mnswim
3 years ago

Kentucky is on fire, especially Poole (great name for a swimmer!) and Riley Gaines, who picked up wins tonight, but great swims top to bottom (notably 1-2-4 in the 400 IM, nearly 1-2-3! PBs in B/C finals as well.) Continuing their rise since last year, can they hold on for the SEC title?

3 years ago

LP is a god.

3 years ago

A GREAT story of success! Congratulations Lauren.

3 years ago

Quarantine worked wonders for some!!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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