Caeleb Dressel Breaks 2nd American Record; Gator Men Win 4th Championship at SECs
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By Joe Auer
Interviews by Ben Schmitz
Photos by GL Harbin
Colombia, MO—First off, Caeleb Dressel Breaks 2nd American Record. The Final Day of the 2016 Southeastern Conference Championships was be a close one all the way to the finish on both the men and the women. The Florida Gator men only up by 30 points at the beginning of the night over rival Auburn, while the the Texas A & M women are only up by a slim 19 points. With many different events that were on display tonight, it was quite a show.
The first event always the the final day is the 1650, with a final heat of both the men and the women. First up was the women, and senior Jessica Thielmann (UF) finished second with a 16:06.21, teammate Autumn Finke (UF) swam a great race and placed fourth with a 16:11.00. Auburn’s Ashleigh Neidigh (AU) finished 5th and a good swim for her going 16:13.03. Spruce Creek’s Kendal Casey (KY) who is having an outstanding meet, finished 12th in 16:25.96. Kahra Williams (UF) and teammate Hannah Burns (UF) 14th and 15th, with a stroke for stroke finish 16.27.16 to 16.27.67 respectively.
The men’s event was a a very good, deep event for Florida swimmers. Senior Arthur Frayler (UF) 3rd, 14.49.22 and Mitch D’Arrigo (UF) 4th, 14:50.90 were in the final heat swimming pretty much together until the last 500. More Florida Gators placed a little deeper, Blake Manganiello (UF) 6th, 15:00.11 and Ben Lawless (UF) 9th, 15:01.53. A huge enough point gain to put the Gator men 116 points up after the first event.
Georgia-Mae Hohmann (UF) really pushed her third 50 of 200 Back and almost won the B Final, but ended up 3rd with a 1:54.04. Senior Ashlee Linn (UF), the only Florida swimmer in the A Final, did quite well swimming from lane 7. Her time of 1:52.46 put her in 5th place for the night.
The 200 Back for the men had Austin Manganiello (UF) Bayley Main (UF) and Jack Blyzinskyj (UF) in the B Final and scored big numbers in terms of point over the Auburn swimmers. Depth proved to be huge on this final day. Senior Corey Main (UF) swam a 1:42.01 good for 6th place in the A Final.
The 100 Free, always an extremely tense event because of the speed, had Claire Rasmus (TXAM) 49.82 get 8th in the B Final. In the A Final, Natalie Hinds (UF) came in as the top dog and continued to impress with a 47.35 and Harper Bruens (TN) with a 48.54 gets 7th.
On the men’s side, Christoph Margotti (UF), swimming in the B Final went a quick 43.85. And what can you say about Caeleb Dressel (UF)? Dressel Broke another American Record in the 100 Free by .01 with a 41.07 (out in 19.52). Just unbelievable.
The final individual event of the night (besides Platform Diving) was the 200 Breast. Sydney Pickrem (TXAM) who won the 400 IM, went 2:07.96 and ended up 2nd, was the only Floridian in the Top 16.
The Men’s 200 Breast gave us Michael “Duder” Duderstadt (UF), who won the A Final in dramatic fashion, out in 54,44 and finishing in 1:53.50, “Going out and letting the training take over,” says Duder. B Finalist Jordy Groters (MZ) looked really good and running down the field for 3rd, 1:56.84.
Women’s Platform diving was next and Kahlia Warner (UF) winner of the 1 and 3 meter events, wound up 14th, and Abigail Howard (UF) was 16th.
The final relay of the final day, the 400 Free Relay, was exciting for the crowd at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Florida swimmers in other schools swam well with Kayla Moran (VU) 50.77, Kira Toussaint (TN) 48.26, and Harper Bruens (TN) 47.96. For the Florida Gators, Amelia Maughn 49.50, Natalie Hinds 47.10, Ashlee Linn 48.81 and Mollie Pulte 49.00 had a team time of 3:14.49.
The men’s 400 Free Relay had Florida Gators as the favorite after winning all the other relays. Not this time. All the Gators had to do was not false start and the meet was theirs. So Caeleb Dressel 41.44, Mark Sazaranek 43.13, Jan Switlowski 43.06, and Corey Main 42.67 combined for a still fast second place finish and 2:50.30.
Final Scores – Men
Florida Gators – 1275
Auburn Tigers – 1223
Georgis Bulldogs – 1010
Final Scores – Women
Texas A & M -1166.5
Tennessee – 1139.5
Georgia – 1099.5
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