The Gators wasted no time on the first day of the SEC Championships, with the men winning two titles and the women garnering 105 points.
Florida’s men currently sit in fourth place overall after winning both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay, while Florida’s women sit ninth with 105 points.
The Gator men claimed the 200 medley relay for the third-straight year, with Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski and Caeleb Dressel setting a new school record with an A-cut time of 1:22.94. That swim not only set a new school record, but was a SEC meet record as well.
Taylor, in his first SEC appearance, stepped up for Florida, swimming a 21.11 backstroke split followed by a 23.75 breaststroke split by Bray. Switkowski posted a 20.16 split in the fly and Dressel once again recorded a sub-18 freestyle split, recording a time of 17.92. He and USC’s Vladimir Morozov are the only men to split sub-18 on a relay.
To close out the meet, Florida’s men won the 800 free relay with a SEC meet record time of 6:12.06. The relay team of Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Khader Baqlah and Mark Szaranek recorded the fastest time in the nation and an A-cut qualification.
The women’s 200 medley relay of Emma Ball, Dani Keymont, Sherridon Dressel and Amelia Maughan notched a fifth place finish, good for 50 points in the first event. The team swam a season-best B-cut of 1:37.16 to win the event.
The Florida women’s relay of Kelsey Dambacher, Kelly Fertel, Taylor Ault and Maughan posted an A-cut time of 7:02.30 to finish sixth overall. This is the first time in two seasons that the women have qualified for NCAA with a relay.
Teya Syskakis led the women on the 1-meter board during the preliminaries, finishing 21st overall with a mark 255.65. Brooke Madden finished right behind Syskakis in 22nd place, posting a score of 249.80. Emma Whitner rounded out the field with a score of 221.05 to finish 32nd overall.
Alex Farrow posted the best score for the Gator men in the 3-meter event, finishing 18th with a mark of 322.60. Dalton Goss placed 29th, recording a score of 255.95 in the preliminary session.
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– 200 medley relay – Michael Taylor, Chandler Bray, Jan Switkowski, Caeleb Dressel – 1:22.94
o New school record and new SEC Meet record
– 800 free relay – Jan Switkowski, Maxime Rooney, Khader Baqlah, Mark Szaranek – 6:12.06
o SEC Meet record
Straight from the Source – Head Coach Gregg Troy:
“Those 200 medley relays were a great way for us to start off the night. The women’s medley relay had a great drop in time for us and Emma Ball led off and did a tremendous start to get the women off to a good start. The men’s relay – we led off with a freshman and he really did his job. Then the two seniors closed it out and set a new school and conference record.”
“It was a good start overall for us today – we swam both ends of the spectrum well. We have a lot left in the tank, but that is the best we have been in the relay in quite some time. We broke two conference records on the men’s side and on the women’s side we qualified for NCAA, which we have qualified for a relay for in two years. It was a good start, but we have four more days at a good conference meet with a lot of good teams.”
Standings – Men:
- Texas A&M – 189
- Tennessee – 174
- Kentucky – 151
- Florida – 135
- Georgia – 133
- Missouri – 129
- Auburn – 121
- South Carolina – 109
- LSU – 103
- Alabama – 94
Standings – Women:
- Texas A&M – 160
- South Carolina – 142
- Tennessee – 136
- Georgia – 124
- Auburn – 121
- Arkansas – 117
- LSU – 116
- Kentucky – 113
- Florida – 105
- Missouri – 1 00
- Alabama – 92
- Vanderbilt – 76
– Live results will be available for the entire meet
– Live stream will be aired on the SEC Network + for all five days
– Sunday’s finals session will aired on the SEC Network at 7 p.m. EST
– The Championship Central can be found here
– The Gators are back in action on Thursday for the second day of the SEC Championships
– Prelims begin at 11 a.m. EST and feature the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free
– Diving prelims are set to 1:30 p.m. EST and feature the men’s 1-meter event
– Finals will be streamed on the SECN+ and are set to begin at 7 p.m. EST