Let’s try to prognosticate just a bit what tonight’s only race — the 800 free relay — means for the next three days of racing.
Texas enters the meet as the top seed by over 4 seconds.
Florida’s hopes of defending its title in the 800 free relay hinge on Kieran Smith, who swam one of the fastest 200s ever leading off at the 2020 SECs.
Despite a possible injury, and placing 10th in prelims, Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas set a new pool record from the 200 back ‘B’ final at 1:36.62.
Shane Casas produced another historic swim while Tanner Olson and Chloe Stepanek kept their momentum going on night 2 of the Art Adamson Invite.
This morning, Olson popped a 51.85 in the 100 breaststroke, lowering the Texas A&M school record of 52.00 and nearly hitting the NCAA ‘A’ cut time of 51.67.
Seth Reno from South Shore Sails has announced his verbal commitment to Texas A&M University, a 2-hour drive from his home, for the 2021-22 school year.
Erika Brown (Tennessee) is chasing her 3rd-straight title in the 100 fly and will look to take down her own SEC Record, which she set in 2018 and tied in 2019
All-American junior Courtney Harnish of Georgia is chasing back-to-back SEC Championships title in the women’s 500 free.
Kieran Smith and Khader Baqlah return for the Gators’ 800 free relay after their team set the SEC Meet Record to win the title last season.
US National Team member Shaine Casas (above) won the 200 fly and 200 breaststroke on Thursday, as the Aggies swam mostly off-events.
It was a young Aggie group in 2018-2019, the team’s core returns, including rising star Shaine Casas – who may have to choose between back and fly.
Most interestingly for Texas, swimmers John Shebat, Tate Jackson, and Jeff Newkirk are entered in the meet.
Mark Theall and Texas A&M are quietly putting together a nice run
Could the Gators’ winning streak be snapped this season by the likes of Tennessee, Texas A&M, or Missouri?