It’s still a dogfight at the top, with defending champs Texas playing their cards closer to the vest, California exploding at the Georgia Invite and NC State continuing to swim good opponents very tough.
Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil blasted a 47.22 to top 100 free prelims on the way to an NCAA ‘A’ cut and the fastest time in the NCAA this year.
The big story in the 100 breast was Florida State’s Natalie Pierce picking up an NCAA ‘A’ time with her 58.25, which sits as the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA this season behind only Olympic champ Lilly King.
The men’s 400 IM could potentially be one of the best races of the meet, as Chase Kalisz, the Olympic silver medalist, and Georgia teammate Jay Litherland, an Olympic finalist, will be going head to head.
Auburn’s SEC Champions Joe Patching and Michael Duderstadt swept their stroke specialties to help the Tigers to a win.
SwimSwam’s weekly poll saw almost half of votes favor the Alabama men, but it was Auburn that swept both men’s and women’s duals this weekend at home.
SEC champ Michael Duderstadt threw down a pair of clutch breaststroke swims to help the Auburn Tigers to victory.
The men’s meet came down to the very last race, as Auburn won the final relay by a tenth of a second to leave the score at 153-147.
Patching won three events in Auburn’s 171-129 win over Kentucky.
On the men’s side, SEC champ Joe Patching won all 3 of his individual events for the second meet in a row.
Final scores from this weekend’s college competition
The Auburn men and women opened the 2016-17 season with a victory on the road, as the Tigers were victorious over the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Saturday.
Auburn has won 11 straight SEC titles in the 400 free relay, but needs a better NCAA showing to improve on last year’s 10th-place finish.
Georgia sophomore Gunnar Bentz will be looking to move up from last year’s 8th-place finish in the 200 IM at NCAA’s, but he’ll likely have to spar against a star-studded cast of fellow returners: Will Licon, Josh Prenot, Ryan Murphy, and Dylan Bosch
Ryan Murphy of Cal will look to win his third consecutive NCAA title in the men’s 200 backstroke.