Zane Waddell Misses Murphy’s All-Time 50 Back Split by .02 at SECs

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 13

February 19th, 2019 College, News, SEC


The University of Alabama broke the SEC Championship Meet Record in the men’ 200 medley relay on Tuesday to open the 2019 SEC Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

The relay of Zane Waddell (20.22), Laurent Bams (23.08), Knox Auerbach (20.59), and Robert Howard (18.30) combined for a 1:22.19 in the final. They entered the race as the top seed, and came out with a win. The previous SEC Meet Record was a 1:22.94 done last year by Florida (none of the 4 swimmers from that Florida relay are on this year’s SEC squad); Tennessee was also under that record with their 2nd-place 1:22.79.

The overall SEC Record still belongs to Alabama’s 2017 relay from the NCAA Championships where they swam 1:21.89. No SEC school has been faster than Alabama’s 1:22.19 from Tuesday evening. Waddell’s 20.22 would have been the fastest split at NCAAs last year by .42 seconds. The only faster split that we could identify was Ryan Murphy’s 20.20 from the 2016 NCAA Championships. USA Swimming doesn’t track the 50 yard stroke events as official American Records.

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4 years ago

Auerbach successfully achieved the furthest from the blocks dive in the world and furthest from the wall turn in the world on the same length 😂

4 years ago

Waddell might have cheated – I saw bubbles exploding him off the turn!!!
I believe he ate a special concoction of kidney beans, lima beans, Texas Petes and Mountain Dew!!!

4 years ago

Someone needs to clean the pool cuz Zane just did something real dirty.

4 years ago

That’s QUICK

4 years ago

Great swim, but can he make a field goal?

Reply to  Coach
4 years ago

Coach Saban lurking SwimSwam…

Reply to  RollTide2020
4 years ago

Saban was there or am I missing something…?

4 years ago

Knox Aurbach on the start nearly cleared the flags there! What a jump!

big chungus
4 years ago

shoutout anthony grimm

4 years ago

Great relay congratulations UA…UT looked very sharp also. Gonna be a great team race!!!

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of 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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