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.
Virginia enters the meet as the top seed in all 5 relays, although it’s tight in the 400 free relay.
While the Florida Gators are officially in the lead, the Kentucky Wildcats are in the driver’s seat after swimming lights-out in this morning’s prelims.
Kentucky’s Riley Gaines is out of the 50 free, where she was the ninth seed, but she’s expected to do the same 100 free/200 free/200 fly lineup as 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.
Last year, the Tennessee Vols won their first women’s SEC title in program history, snapping a 4-year win streak by Texas A&M.
The UVA men narrowly edged Alabama, thanks to a team record-setting 400 free relay to close out the meet, to close out three fast days by all teams.
The Wildcats got the ball rolling right off the bat, taking the 200 medley relay by .40 seconds over Tennessee.
Florida’s Bobby Finke, the 500 free and 400 IM bronze medalist, set the SEC Record in the mile last season and narrowly missed the NCAA Record.
The Florida men, led by Head Coach Anthony Nesty, look to cement their 8th-straight victory on the final day of the 2020 SEC Championships.
Texas A&M’s Anna Belousova will race to defend her 100 breast title on day 4 of the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.
Erika Brown (Tennessee) is chasing her 3rd-straight title in the 100 fly and will look to take down her own SEC Record, which she set in 2018 and tied in 2019
Kieran Smith and Khader Baqlah return for the Gators’ 800 free relay after their team set the SEC Meet Record to win the title last season.
After a historic weekend in short course racing, Erika Brown participated in a long course time trials on Sunday in Knoxville.
Brown also led off Tennessee’s B 200 free relay at the end of the meet, clocking a 22.23 after having swum two 100 backs, the 100 breast, and the 500 free.