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.
Making the team after entering the meet seeded 39th, Sims is one of this years youngest Olympians that will represent the United States in Tokyo.
Times to earn a second swim this morning were faster in 4 of 5 events than they were in 2016, and the top times were markedly faster in several races as well.
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.)
Top seed Josh Prenot and No. 4 seed Andrew Wilson have scratched out of the 200 breast final. At the same time, Talia Bates chose the 100 BK over the 50 FR.
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).
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.
With Ivey, Cal looks incredibly strong for the 800 free relay crown. Without Ivey, though, Virginia could run away with this.
None of the top swimmers in this event are pure sprinters, which is a contrast to 2020, when Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil and Veronica Burchill led the NCAA.
Georgia’s Zoie Hartman, already winner of the 200 IM and 100 breast, will seek her 3rd SEC title of the meet on Saturday in the 200 breast.
The trio of swimmers all scratched out of the 100 breast, where they were all seeded in the top 16, for the 400 IM, where all finished in the top 6 last year.
We’ve made it to the post-season after an entire NCAA season amidst the pandemic, and tonight marks the first finals session of the 2021 Women’s SEC Champs.