|GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams return to the pool on Tuesday for the 2019 SEC Championships. The championships will be held at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the University of Georgia campus. Events started Tuesday morning with time trials at 11 a.m. ET, followed by men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter prelims at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Both the Florida men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs have dominated the Southeastern Conference since league competition began, dating back to 1937 for the men and 1981 for the women. The men’s team has claimed 39 SEC Championships, more than doubling its closest competitor, Auburn (18). The men’s team is seeking its seventh-consecutive SEC title this year. The women have claimed 17 out of 38 possible league crowns, including 11 consecutive titles from 1986 through 1996, and their most recent title in 2009.
The No. 6 ranked men’s team has 17 swimmers and five relay teams with top-20 times in the SEC. Will Davis leads the way for Florida in the 50 Free with the fifth-fastest swim in the SEC, followed by Maxime Rooney in the No. 15 spot. Rooney holds the third-fastest time in the SEC in the 100 Free. Khader Baqlah and Will Davis have the ninth and 17th-fastest times in the 100 Free, respectively. Baqlah tops the SEC board in the 200 and 500 Free. Rooney, Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman and Grant Sanders also hold spots in the SEC top-20 for the 200 Free. Freeman and Robert Finke have the third and 14th-fastest times, respectively, in the 500 Free. In the 1,000 Free, the Gators are led by Freeman and Finke with the second-fastest and third-fastest times, respectively, in the SEC. Baqlah, Smith, and Drew Clark also recorded top-20 times in the 1,000 Free. Finke has the second-fastest time for the SEC in the 1,650 Free, followed by Freeman and Clark with the 11th- and 16th-fastest times, respectively.
Kacper Stokowski holds the eighth-fastest swim in the SEC in the 100 Back. Bayley Main and Clark Beach also hold top-20 times for the SEC in the 100 Back. Clark Beach leads the way for the Gators, holding the sixth-best time in the SEC for the 200 Back. Stokowski, Smith, Ethan Beach, and Sanders possess the 12th, 13th, 16th and 20th-fastest times in the 200 Back. Chandler Bray and Stanley Wu are tied for the 18th-best time in the SEC in the 100 Breast. Marco Guarente, Sanders, and Wu have top-20 times in the SEC for the 200 Breast. Rooney and Will Davis hold the eighth- and 13th-best times, respectively, in the SEC in the 100 Fly. Erge Gezmis has the fourth-best swim for the SEC in the 200 Fly, followed by Rooney with the 11th-fastest swim and Miguel Cancel with the 15th-fastest time. Sanders and Smith have top-20 times in the 200 IM for the Gators. Sanders holds the top spot in the SEC for the 400 IM. Smith, Finke and Ross Palazzo have the third-, 11th- and 20th- fastest times for the SEC in the 400 IM.
The team of Rooney, Main, Will Davis, and Smith have the fifth-best time in the SEC for the 200 Free Relay. Rooney, Smith, Baqlah and Christoph Margotti have the third-fastest relay in the SEC for the 400 Free Relay. The Gator relay team of Baqlah, Freeman, Smith and Rooney hold the top spot in the SEC for the 800 Free Relay. Main, Rooney, Guarente, and Will Davis combined for the fifth-best time in the SEC for the 200 Medley Relay. The team of Stokowski, Rooney, Guarente, and Smith hold the sixth-best time in the 400 Medley Relay in the SEC.
Alex Farrow holds the 17th-best score on the 1-meter, 12th-best score on the 3-meter, and 19th-best score on the platform in the SEC. Lyle Hayes-Macaluso has the eighth-best score on the platform. Santiago Morales and Nick Lydon have the 13th- and 14th-best scores, respectively, on the platform in the SEC.
The No. 8 ranked women’s team has 19 swimmers and four relay teams with top-20 times in the SEC. Sherridon Dressel and Emma Ball both hold times in the top-20 in the 50 Free for the SEC. Dressel holds the 11th-best time in the 100 Free in the SEC. In the 200 Free, Kelly Fertel, Kelsey Dambacher, Jillian Hatch, and Tori Bindi all hold top-20 times in the SEC. Leah Braswell has the second-best time in the SEC in the 500 Free followed by Taylor Ault in eighth and Mabel Zavaros in 17th. The Gators dominate the SEC in the 1,000 Free with Braswell, Kahra Williams, Ault, Mabel Zavaros, Georgia Darwent, and Savanna Faulconer all holding times in the top-20. Braswell has the second-fastest time in the SEC in the 1,650 Free followed by Ault with the eighth-best time.
Ball, Dressel, and Sydney Sell each have spots in the top-20 for the SEC in the 100 Back. The third-best time in the 200 Back in the SEC belongs to Mabel Zavaros with Dressel, Sell, and Rosie Zavaros holding the 11th-, 14th-, and 20th-best swims, respectively. Vanessa Pearl and Adrianna DeBoer hold the fourth-best and 12th-best swims, respectively, in the 100 Breast in the SEC. Pearl has the third-best time in the SEC for the 200 Breast. Layla Black and Fertel both hold top-20 times in the 200 Breast as well. Georgia Marris has the 19th-fastest time in the 100 Fly in the SEC. Mabel Zavaros and Marris both have top-20 times in the SEC in the 200 Fly. Pearl has the third-best time in the SEC in the 200 IM, followed by Fertel and Hannah Burns with the sixth-fastest and 12th-fastest times, respectively. Pearl holds the third-fastest time in the 400 IM in the SEC, followed by Fertel and Mabel Zavaros with the fourth- and seventh-fastest times, respectively. Faulconer, Burns, and Braswell also hold top-20 times in the 400 IM in the SEC.
The team of Bella Garofalo, Ball, Dressel, and Dambacher have the seventh-best time in the SEC for the 200 Free Relay. Garofalo, Bindi, Dambacher, and Dressel have the ninth-fastest relay in the SEC for the 400 Free Relay. The Gator relay team of Mabel Zavaros, Bindi, Fertel, and Marris holds the sixth-fastest spot in the SEC for the 800 Free Relay. Ball, Dressel, Pearl, and Garofalo combined for the third-best time in the SEC for the 200 Medley Relay and fifth-fastest time in the 400 Medley Relay.
During the season, the Gators had four men and three women win weekly SEC honors. Freeman won Freshman of the Week twice and Swimmer of the Week once. Stokowski and Finke also won Freshman of the Week awards while Rooney achieved Swimmer of the Week twice. For the women, Pearl won Freshman of the Week six times while Mabel Zavaros and Dressel each earned a Swimmer of the Week nod.
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2019 Swim & Dive Championship Schedule