Individual events begin this morning at the SEC Championships, with heats of the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free for both men and women.
Led by NCAA title contender (in multiple events) Erika Brown, Tennessee’s women could be on a path to their first-ever SEC title.
The SwimSwam Southeast Pancake Tour of 2019 is completed, and now we sit back and reap the benefits. Namely, we get to see what these teams did over winter
Kathleen Baker entered the meet as the top seed in both the 200 back and 200 IM, but will swim neither.
Alyssa Marsh broke her own Duke record in the 100 free this morning.
Tess Cieplucha had a big swim in the 400 IM to achieve her NCAA ‘A’ cut for Tennessee. She came into the meet with a best time of 4:05.43 from last season, but blew that away tonight with a 4:03.81.
The Vols has 4 women under the 2017 NCAA invited time in finals with Brown (21.65), Bailey Grinter (22.08), Maddy Banic (22.15), and Stanzi Moseley (22.20).
Up until this morning, Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin held the fastest time in the NCAA with a 21.64, and only Ky-Lee Perry and Mallory Comerford had also been under 22 seconds so far.
Maddy Banic, at the heart of Tennessee’s sprint group, will compete this weekend as the Vols host the Tennessee Invitational.
The Tennessee men split their meet with Texas and Auburn on Saturday, dropping a close meet to the defending national champion Longhorns and coming out with a win over the SEC rival Tigers. On the women’s side, Tennessee beat Auburn as well.
Mallory Comerford won two individual events as the Louisville Cardinals topped Tennesee on the road.
Tennessee has one of the nation’s most loaded sprint groups (complete with dominant relays), but graduated its best backstroker and breaststroker, leaving a roster with a high ceiling but a few key question marks.
Michael Andrew qualified for the 2018-2019 US National Team in all 4 strokes.
After winning 2 of the stroke 50s so far to qualify for Worlds and qualifying for Pan Pacs as he won the 100 breast, Michael Andrew will battle World champ Caeleb Dressel in the 50 free.