The University of Florida men remain one of the strongest teams in the nation and returns all but one of its 2021 NCAA scorers.
Florida rising senior Talia Bates won all six events she swam and posted a lifetime best 50 free time of25.66, taking .07 off her previous best from 2018.
Jarod Arroyo (pictured) lowered his Puerto Rican National Record in the men’s 200 IM in a time of 2:00.61 at the CCCAN Championships in San Juan.
Texas enters the meet as the top seed by over 4 seconds.
Kieran Smith’s 91 individual points led the way for the Gator men, as they win a ninth-straight SEC title over Georgia.
Georgia senior Camden Murphy comes in as the top seed in the 100 fly on Day 3 of the SEC Championships, seeking his first conference title in the event.
Florida’s hopes of defending its title in the 800 free relay hinge on Kieran Smith, who swam one of the fastest 200s ever leading off at the 2020 SECs.
Kieran Smith dropped to a 1:43.22 200 fly tonight to win the final and get under 1:44 for the first time, helping the Gators to win the meet of Auburn.
After his bout of racing last week at the 2020 U.S. Open, Florida junior Kieran Smith swam the 2nd-fastest 500 free of his career with a 4:11.08.
Watch out for Bobby Finke in the 1650 free, Clark Beach in the 200 back, and the men’s 100 free featuring Kieran Smith, Brett Fraser, and Ryan Lochte.
Friday’s PM session is set feature Emma Weyant in the 400 IM and 200 free, Kieran Smith in the 200 free, and Clark Beach face off Ryan Lochte in the 100 back.
Florida’s Miguel Cancel posted a 3:42.74 in the 400 IM, likely qualifying for NCAAs as he’s now ranked 16th. Teammate Kevin Vargas is now 20th in 3:43.35.
Khader Baqlah returned to the top of the SEC podium in the 200 free as the Florida Gators earned their 8th-straight title.
Florida’s Sherridon Dressel, the 2019 bronze medalist, will battle with Asia Seidt (Kentucky) and Meet Record holder Rhyan White (Alabama) in the 100 back.