Crooks went a sub-20 split earlier this month on the fly leg of the 200 medley relay. He also picked up two individual wins against Georgia.
On night two of finals at the 2022 Atlanta Classic, Mabel Zavaros took on a tough 200 fly/400 free double and won both events.
Mestre’s previous best time was a 1:49.84 from last year, over a second slower than the time he swam today to win the men’s 200 free.
With sprinters Abbey Weitzeil and Olivia Smoliga stepping up, Simone Manuel needs to drop at least a second to defend her Olympic gold in Tokyo.
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.