2022 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, February 15 – Saturday, February 19, 2022
- Jones Aquatics Center, Knoxville, Tenn. (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Men- Florida (9x) Women- Kentucky (1x)
- Live Results
- Live Video (Watch ESPN)
- Championship Central
- Psych Sheets
- 2021 SEC Scoring Breakdown
Texas A&M junior Ethan Gogulski‘s first SEC Championship meet in 2019 was one of the most stressful times of his life. That year, he found out he had testicular cancer right before SECs. He swam anyway, finishing the 200 back in 9th place in a time of 1:41.35.
He took a redshirt season in 2019-2020 and returned to the SEC Championships three years after his diagnoses this week.
Gogulski made up for lost time in a big way: he finished 2nd at the 2022 SEC Championships in the same event, swimming a time of 1:39,58 that was almost two seconds faster than his freshman time.
After his diagnosis, Gogulski’s doctor recommended that he go through the surgery to remove his tumor immediately and swim at SECs afterward, but Gogulski decided against it knowing that surgery would be painful and hurt his performance.
“I would’ve been happy with my performance either way,” Gogulski following his SECs performance in 2019. “I dropped a lot of time this season, I was really happy with everything. But having the diagnosis 2 weeks before the meet and still being able to go and drop time…it was a cool thing and felt really good to know that I could overcome that emotionally.”
Although his performance at 2019 SECs was a best time, he didn’t swim at the meet in 2020 and fell to 17th in the event in 2021, swimming much slower in a time of 1:43.32.
He was part of a team effort for A&M this week that saw them finish with more points than they scored at last year’s SEC Championship meet in spite of their top scorer Shaine Casas going pro and their #3 scorer Mark Theall graduating.
Tonight was a full-circle moment for him, as he is not only cancer-free, but he also has an SEC silver medal to his name. Gogulski was also second in the 100 back this meet, swimming a time of 45.75. Both his 100 and 200 back times are well under the NCAAs cut line from 2021, and qualifying for national championships would make his comeback story from cancer even more special.