SEC Swimming & Diving Championships Day 1 Recap
Auburn, AL, February 17—The first night at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center for the Southeastern Conference Championships was a good for the state of Florida athletes. For a meet that is sometimes won by one point, every second, tenth, perfect flip, exact entry are crucial to victory in this extremely competitive conference.
Day 1 began with the men’s diving 1 meter and UF’s Zach Hernandez scored 5 points while finishing 20th out of 28. The 200 Medley Relay was the first swimming event, and of course the Gators did well with their 5th place finish and a 1:24.95 with Homer, Solaeche-Gomez, Dressel and Main. There was also a Floridian swimming the breaststroke leg of the Auburn Relay – Michael Duderstadt who swam a 23.79.
The girls 200 Medley Relay was dominated by Tennessee, but the Gators did well placing 5th with Michalak, McKnight, Batchelor, Hinds and a 1:37.12. Other Floridians on the relays were Megan Fonteno (AUB), 23.3 on fly leg and Kayla Moran (VAN) 22.9 on the free leg.
UF’s diver, Kahlia Warner, who has been dominate all year, was 5th in the 3 meter diving with 362.25 and scoring 25 points for the Gators.
The 800 Free Relay, normally a huge event for the very 200 Free deep Gators, continued their dominance with an SEC Record of 6:12.85 and a team of Werner, Alexiou, D’Arrigo, and Wallace. As for the ladies, the Gators raced to a 3rd place finish and a time of 7:00.25 and a team of McKnight, Thielmann, Maughan and Linn. Another Floridian, Alex Merritt, swam a 1:47.7 for Auburn.
Day 1 Team Scores Top 6 Women – LSU 164, UGA 148, UK 144, UF 140, MIZZ 137, TAM 132 – Top 6 Men – AUB 177, TENN 164, UGA 146, USC 140, MIZZ 132, TAM 127.
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