After a slew of 2018 graduations and 2019 transfers, Florida again faces adversity, but returns a bulldozing sophomore class on the rise.
This morning the prelims of the men’s and women’s 200 IM and 50 free will be contested.
Tonight’s session will be brief with only 5 races: the 400 IM (men’s and women’s), 100 fly (men’s and women’s), and the women’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
Caitlin Brooks swam a monster lifetime best in the 200 back and is the 11th-fastest US woman this year to close the Gainesville Sectionals.
Dressel, who was tenths shy of her best in the 100 back, came back to win the 50 fly shortly after with a lifetime best 27.06.
National champion True Sweetser will be competing at the Gainesville sectionals this weekend alongside an all-star group of Florida HS state champions.
Tonight sets the stage for the final session of the 2019 SEC Championships in Athens, Georgia, where swimmers will compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 400 free relay.
After opting out of the 400 IM, Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem will swim the 200 breast. Meanwhile, the men of Mizzou and Florida will be racking up finalists in the tight race for the 2019 title.
Maxime Rooney both put up the fastest 100 fly time in the country on the third night of the 2019 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships, helping put the Florida men in the lead with two days to go.
Sydney Pickrem will look to pick up her first indiviudal title of the meet in the 400 IM, but she’ll be met by fierce competition Tess Cieplucha and a tough Florida IM group, led by freshman Vanessa Pearl.
Five women and seven men will be recognized for their contributions to the Florida swimming and diving program over their four years of competition as the Gators host Tennessee at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium.
Florida will be on the road this weekend for an SEC showdown with the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will compete in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium for the first time this season as they host Kentucky and Ohio State, Friday and Saturday.
Caio Pumputis racked up a winning double for Georgia Tech tonight.
Florida had six women and four men make the 400 IM A final this morning.