Texas A&M’s Top Breaststroker Kylie Powers Injured in Warmups on Friday

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 5

February 20th, 2021 College, News, SEC

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Texas A&M junior Kylie Powers pulled out of her last 2 scheduled races at the SEC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships with a groin injury, sources tell SwimSwam.

The school has not responded to a request for comment.

Powers’ 1:04.69 in the A final of the 100 breaststroke on Friday night raised eyebrows after a 59.60 in prelims brought her into the A final as the 4th seed overall.

Powers injured her groin during warmups before the finals session, though she still battled through the pain to finish the final and score 22 points for her team. Those are crucial points as the Aggies ended the session just 1 point ahead of the defending champion Tennessee Volunteers for 5th place.

Powers wound up not swimming the women’s 400 medley relay later in the session. There, the Aggies placed 7th with freshman Alaya Smith splitting 59.93 on the team’s breaststroke leg. Smith previously won the B final of the 100 breaststroke in a flat-start 59.76, so there wasn’t a huge drop-off between Powers and her.

Powers was then absent from the heat sheets on Saturday morning in the 200 breaststroke, where she was due to be the 16th seed.

Powers’ spot in the A final was a huge drop from where she entered the meet. Her 59.60 in prelims improved upon her previous best time of 59.93 from last year’s SEC Championships and knocked almost a second off her best time from this year’s meet.

More significantly, Powers’ time would have easily qualified for every NCAA Championship meet in history, though her availability will ultimately depend on the severity of the injury.

While Powers’ absence from the 200 breaststroke on Sunday is going to cost the Aggies points, it ultimately doesn’t look like it will matter. Tennessee had a very good morning session, projecting them well ahead of A&M at the final wall. A&M will have to hold off Arkansas with an 18.5-point seed advantage excluding the mile, where the two teams are seeded to score similarly.

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Texas A&M Swim Fan
7 months ago

Hoping & praying that you heal quickly!!

Coach
7 months ago

She is one tough gurllll! Scored big points for the aggies!!!

Coach
7 months ago

I never like to see an athlete get hurt. Hope she is back to 100% by NCAAs.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Ouch – a common problem with br that needs lots of rest.

Ronald Hehn
7 months ago

The Achilles to a basketball player is the Groin to a breaststroker.

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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