Alabama has quickly turned into one of the leading schools in women’s sprint free. How they will fare given their recent coaching turbulence.
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.
Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis (above) won a pair of headline breaststroke duels against Alabama’s Derek Maas, but Alabama took the team win in a squeaker.
The UVA men narrowly edged Alabama, thanks to a team record-setting 400 free relay to close out the meet, to close out three fast days by all teams.
18-year-old Jack Aikins’ victory in the 100 back was a 1.62 second time drop from his previous best, 56.21, from the 2019 Georgia Senior State Championships.
The 100 fly is one of the most anticipated showdowns, featuring 2 women tied as the NCAA Record holders and a 3rd who holds the American Record.
Florida’s Bobby Finke, the 500 free and 400 IM bronze medalist, set the SEC Record in the mile last season and narrowly missed the NCAA Record.
Georgia’s Camden Murphy, the 2019 bronze medalist, headlines the men’s 100 fly final at the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.
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 Kensey McMahon won an individual triple for the Crimson Tide. In the 1650 free, she was nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field.
On the final day of the 2019 Georgia Tech Invitational, Leah Braswell swam 15:47 in the 1650 free, which is the best time in the country by almost 10 seconds.
She was 53.79 in the 100, winning by almost two seconds, then obliterated the field in the 200 with a 1:56.14, winning by nearly six full seconds.
Alabama won their first meet of the Coley Stickels era, but the Crimson Tide’s new head coach named the meet a “Wakeup Call” for some of his athletes.
Caeleb Dressel will not be swimming the 50 free, and will instead be in the 200 fly.
Howard won two events and split sub-19, twice, on relays.