Kentucky recognized their SEC Championship from last spring before hosting Ohio for a women-only dual meet at the Lancaster Aquatic Center.
In his first meet back, it looks as though the 5th year sprinter hasn’t missed a beat.
Their NCAA finish came a month after Kentucky won its first SEC women’s team title in program history, accumulating 1124 points to beat Florida by 50 points.
The final prelims session will consist of the 200 IM (top seed Melanie Margalis), 200 back (top seed Rhyan White) and 100 free (top seed Gretchen Walsh.)
Under the flags, stroke-for-stroke, it was Poole who out-touched Smith by 0.21s for the win in the women’s 400 IM, 4:42.32 to 4:42.53
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 first finals session of the 2021 Atlanta Classic will feature the finals of the women’s and men’s 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM.
Rio Olympian Melanie Margalis leads both the 200 free (1:56.58 seed) and 100 breast (1:07.20 seed) women’s prelims events here in Atlanta.
BAMA’s White and NC State’s Berkoff tied for the top 100 back prelims spot. UVA also holds top seeds in the 4IM (Nelson), 1FL (Douglass), and 2FR (Madden).
Having just set it at 2021 ACCs, Ella Nelson lowered the conference record in the 200 IM tonight with a 4:02.33 silver medal swim.
Virginia will have at least one A-finalist in each of the five individual events while Texas, NC State, and Cal will see 4 swimmers in the A-final.
The Virginia Cavaliers continue to lead the way into NCAAs, led by five top-ranked relays and a dominant roster from top to bottom.
Ella Eastin. Sydney Pickrem. Katie Ledecky. Finally, Brooke Forde has a clear path to a 400 IM NCAA crown, but she’s not a lock.
Meanwhile, NC State, Virginia and Georgia each have two women with ‘A’ cuts in this event, and the majority of the top seeds are underclassmen.
After 44 years of women’s swimming in the SEC Conference, Kentucky has secured its first-ever SEC Championship title by a margin of 53 points over Florida.