Dressel split sub-18, again, to anchor the Gators’ winning 200 medley relay.
Dressel got the ball rolling with an 18.91 free split on the 200 medley relay and later won the individual 50 free in 19.41, just out-touching Tennessee’s Kyle Decoursey (19.48).
Stevens also went 52.91 to win the 100 breast.
The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Cavaliers split their first meet of the calendar year.
Together, the University of Tennessee’s men’s and women’s teams rose a combined 11 spots in our post-invite Power Rankings after breakout performances at home.
It’s a dead heat at the top of our men’s rankings. Ryan Hoffer and Cal hold top time in the nation in 4 relays. But after a stellar Texas Invite, did the three-time defending champs run them down for the top spot?
Caroline Baldwin went 47.14 yesterday in the 100 free at the Tennessee Invite, ranking her second in the NCAA behind only Mallory Comerford.
A change at the top?
Tennessee’s Micah Bohon, Erika Brown, and Tess Cieplucha led the way for the Volunteer women as they took down Louisville last Thursday.
One of the big scratches tonight came from Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz, who was the top seed in the 400 IM.
U.S. Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Blake Pieroni (41.44) are the headliners of the 100 free at this season’s NCAA Championships.
An unshaved Dressel cranked out an 18.46 to win the SEC Championship title, and put up blistering relays splits of 17.86 and 17.90 to lead the Gators to victory.
The men’s 200 breast is one of the top races to watch, with Auburn’s defending SEC champ Michael Duderstadt, Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Alabama’s Anton McKee, and South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen contending.
Florida standouts Caeleb Dressel and Maxime Rooney will take on the 100 free alongside Missouri’s Michael Chadwick, as will Georgia’s defending NCAA champ Olivia Smoliga in the women’s race.