WATCH: Kieran Smith’s 1:30.1 200 Free, Day 1 SEC Race Videos

2020 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers competed in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay tonight to kick off the 2020 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. There were several notable swims on night 1, including the 4th fastest swim ever in the 200 freestyle. Florida’s Kieran Smith led off the 800 free relay in 1:30.11, a best by 4 seconds. Smith, Gerry Quinn, Khader Baqlah, and Clark Beach took down the SEC Meet Record.

Alabama’s Zane Waddell swam the 3rd fastest 50 back in history, a 20.33, to lead off the 200 medley relay. Texas A&M came from behind to win that race in school record time. Check out the men’s race videos below, courtesy of TAMU Swim on YouTube.

The women’s videos will be posted as they become available. Tennessee’s Erika Brown tied the 4th fastest relay split in history as she anchored for the Volunteers in 20.57. Brown also swam a field-best 1:41.08 on the 2nd leg of Tennessee’s winning 800 free relay.

KIERAN SMITH 200 FREE RECORD/MEN’S 800 FREE RELAY:

 

MEN’S 200 MEDLEY RELAY:

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Swammer
1 year ago

Still has that distance swimmer start but his long course skill shows on the swim portion.

Bromansam
Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

He was the first to 15…

eagleswim
Reply to  Bromansam
1 year ago

and gained ground on every turn… or at least the first three when it’s easier to compare him to the other swimmers close to him.

Ice Age Swimmer
1 year ago

Kieran’s swim was a thing of beauty!

Confused
1 year ago

How tall is he?

YURRRRDD
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

6’6

Anonymous
Reply to  YURRRRDD
1 year ago

I was gonna say – he looks like a big dude!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

saw that as well at last summer National champs

Pvdh
1 year ago

Man that stroke looks like it’s going to translate beautiful into lcm. I know he’s already been like 1:46.5 but looks like he could have a sizable drop this summer. Nestys first breakout star.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

he might well be the 200 free breakout swimmer of the OT

Johnny Johnson
1 year ago

That turn by the Bama kid at the end of the medley was rough, can’t even tell exactly what happened.

joe
Reply to  Johnny Johnson
1 year ago

yeah hope he bounces back with some good swims the rest of the meet

KLLRWHLE79
Reply to  Johnny Johnson
1 year ago

His start looked pretty bad too. It looked like he went too deep. And if you are doing your turn based off a stroke count that could lead to a bad turn.
The TAMU guy was surprisingly ahead after just the start

anonymoose
Reply to  KLLRWHLE79
1 year ago

maybe he had some issue with his foot and therefore couldnt properly jump and turn, while flutter kicking doesnt hugely impact your speed anyways

Horninco
Reply to  Johnny Johnson
1 year ago

Looked like he turned close enough to the wall to not miss it entirely. Maybe he was too close and banged his heel? Weird either way

Ken K
Reply to  Johnny Johnson
1 year ago

Looked like he got jammed up. Stopped cold after he flipped.

GregB
1 year ago

Amazing. Go Gators!

GregB
1 year ago

Amazing. Way to go fourth. Olympic next for Gators!

Marmot
1 year ago

Great technique on his flip turns. Love seeing the explosion into the wall right before flipping, getting upper body underwater earlier in the turn and using that final stroke as part of the flip. Consistency on dolphin kick/breakouts as well.

Nicely executed.

Eagleswim
Reply to  Marmot
1 year ago

We used to call it the submarine flipturn and I noticed that as well… he gets into his turn phenomenally on every wall and you can tell it makes a huge difference

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