Florida’s Kieran Smith is the defending NCAA Champion in the 200 free, but he’s chosen the 400 IM on day 3 of SECs for the fourth straight season.
With a rising young core, the Tennessee women appear poised to reclaim the SEC title after winning for the first time in 2020.
Smith raced the 400 IM, 100 fly (exhibition) and 100 back. He entered 10 individual events this week, and so far, has only sat out of the 200 free.
Auburn hosted SEC opponent Georgia for a men’s and women’s dual meet this past Friday, dropping both meets to the Bulldogs.
Olympic Trials finalist Katharine Berkoff dropped time across-the-board from last week’s Tennessee meet as the NC State men and women dominated in Auburn.
Florida State pool records fell as the Auburn women and Florida State men won in new Auburn head coach Ryan Wochamurka’s dual meet debut.
2016 Olympian Olivia Smoliga holds the fastest seed time in the 100 back this morning (58.73), and she is ranked 4th in the 50 free (24.83).
The only event scratch from a swimmer ranked in the top ten of an event during Friday’s prelims session came from Kaylee Hamblin, #8 in the 100 breast.
Caeleb Dressel’s 8 LCM swims for the 2021 Atlanta Classic: 50 FR, 100 FL, 100 FR (all #1), 200 FR (#5), 200 FL (#6), 200 IM (#6), 100 BR (#9), 100 BK (#17).
While the Florida Gators are officially in the lead, the Kentucky Wildcats are in the driver’s seat after swimming lights-out in this morning’s prelims.
The trio of swimmers all scratched out of the 100 breast, where they were all seeded in the top 16, for the 400 IM, where all finished in the top 6 last year.
With just a few weeks of dual meets left, things should start to get clearer in some corners of the country coming up, while other corners become murkier.
Izaak Bastian was one of three double winners for the Seminoles; he swept the breaststrokes, going 54.56 in the 100 and 2:00.13 in the 200 breast.
Auburn junior Emily Hetzer won the 200 free and 500 free as the Tigers won all but the 200 butterfly in Atlanta.
After his bout of racing last week at the 2020 U.S. Open, Florida junior Kieran Smith swam the 2nd-fastest 500 free of his career with a 4:11.08.