Panama City’s Michael Duderstadt Wins; Florida Men Still Lead After Day 4
By Joe Auer
Interviews by Ben Schmitz
Photos by GL Harbin
Columbia, MO—Panama City’s Michael Duderstadt wins on Day 4 of the Southeastern Conference Championships at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia, Missouri. The night began with the Florida Gator men up front and a 54 point lead over Auburn University. Texas A & M women also in a close race with Tennessee and just a 12 point lead going into this Day 4 Finals.
The 200 Fly, the 100 Back and the 100 Breast along with the men’s platform and 400 Medley Relay were contested with many points on the line with the diving competition and the relays at the end.
The Women’s 200 Fly was a lean race for Floridians, but Taylor Katz (UF) and Alyssa Yambor-Maul were in the big Final, swimming good times but tiring in the end with a 1:56.62 and a 1:56.10 respectively.
In the men’s 200 Fly Jan Switkowski (UF) swam a very steady race going 1:41.98 for 4th, Austin Manganiello (UF) surged at the end doing a personal best of 1:42.96 and finally Mark Szaranek (UF) goes 1:44.06 (1:42.83P) for 8th place.
In the 100 Back, Kira Toussaint (TN via FGCU) was the only Florida women in all 3 heats for the evening and was seeded 1st going into the A Final. Winning until the final turn, Toussaint was slightly out touched by Olivia Smoliga (GA) going 51.14.
On the men’s side of the 100 Back, Josh Booth (AU) and Brennan Balogh (UF) swam in the B Final with some great speed, swimming 47.45 and 47.79 respectively. In the A Final, an under water battle, Jack Blyzinskyj (UF) wound up a little short, going 45.66, but a great time right now. Senior Corey Main (UF) sprinted to a 6th with a 46.26.
100 Breast has not been too kind to the Floridians, there was not a single person in the entire 3 final heats for the women and only two men – Michael Duderstadt (AU) and Jordy Groters (MZ). DUDER, as he likes to be called, was in lane 5 wanted it badly and got it – 51.94 for the win! Jordy Groters, pulled up from 8th in 52.85!
Florida Gators men’s Platform divers scored some good points for the Gators, Sam Smith (20-9th), Zach Hernandez (16-11th) and Dalton Goss (13-13th) for a total of for the 49 points!
The final event of the night was the 400 Medley Relay and would be huge for points if there was a major swing either way. In the girls 400 Medley Relay, the Florida Gator girls had to play catch to the speedy girls in the final heat with Georgia Mae-Hohmann (53.71), Hannah Burns (1:04.25), Natalie Hinds (51.41) and Ashlee Linn (49.23) getting 10th overall. Other Floridians did well, leadoff Tennessee swimmer Kira Toussaint swam a 51.06 and Vandy’s Kayla Moran anchored with a 51.06.
The boys 400 Medley had the showdown of the night with Team Score leaders Florida and Auburn side by side in the middle of the pool. Gator swimmers Jack Blyzinskyj (45.41), Caeleb Dressel (51.09), Jan Switkowski (45.30) and Corey Main (42.06) won going away and set the SEC Record and the best time in the nation this year. Auburn’s 100 Breast winner, Michael Duderstadt, swam a 52.18 on his leg of the 400 Medley Relay.
The Gator men have a slight lead over the Tigers going into the final day by 30 points, while the Texas A & M women lead by just a small 19 points. It will be an exciting tomorrow, that is for sure!
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