The no. 3 men’s team and no. 17 women’s team begin competition at the 2018 SEC Championships on Wednesday. The will run through Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Student Rec Center Natatorium.

Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. EST each day, with finals to begin at 7 p.m. EST. Diving prelims are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, then 2 p.m. EST from Thursday-Sunday.

Entering the meet, the men sit at a 7-1 dual meet record, including four wins over SEC schools. The women have an overall dual meet record of 4-5 in 2017, with an SEC win over Alabama.

Eight men’s SEC teams and seven women’s SEC teams are ranked in the latest CSCAA poll, with Florida leading the men’s side at third in the nation and Texas A&M leading the women at second in the country.

The men are looking for their six-straight SEC Championship and 39th in school history, while the women’s squad is looking for the 18th conference title in history and the program’s first championship since 2009.

The 38 SEC Championships by Florida’s men ranks second most amongst all sports in the history of the SEC (Kentucky men’s basketball, 50).

Rewinding to the 2017 SEC Championships, Florida’s men won their fifth-straight SEC title, leading the pack with 1,271.5 points. Florida’s women notched a seventh-place finish, recording 624 points over the course of the meet.

The Gator men swept all five relays, which is the first time a Florida team had achieved that feat at the SEC Championship meet. Four Gators recorded individual championships en route to the victory, including three first-place finishes by Caeleb Dressel (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly).

The Florida women were led by Autumn Finke, who finished second in the 1,650 free with a season-best time of 16:06.64.

The Gator men recorded 17 top-3 finishes during the meet – nine first-place finishes, seven-second place finishes and one-third place finish.

The meet will be streamed on the SEC Network + from Wednesday-Saturday. Sunday’s finals session will air on the SEC Network, beginning at 7 p.m. EST.

Broadcast Information:

–       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

Venue:

–       The Student Rec Center Natatorium opened in late 1995 and is hosting the SEC Championship for the second time (2013)

–       It has played host to four NCAA Championships and several other conference meets

Location:

–       The natatorium is located just west of and across the railroad tracks from Kyle Field on Texas A&M’s West Campus

–       The pool is part of the Student Recreation Center, which sits between Blue Bell Park (baseball) and the West Campus Garage

Texas A&M Clear Bag Policy:

–       Texas A&M’s Clear Bag policy will be enforced for the duration of the championship

–       Visit 12thman.com/beclear for more information 

Tickets:

–       All Session tickets are $110 and include one ticket for each of the nine sessions

–       Based on team allotments, tickets are extremely limited. Advance sales are not expected

–       Individual session tickets will be available 1 hour prior to each session at the Student Rec Center Box Office, based on availability

o    Prelims (Morning) – $10

o    Finals (Evening) – $15*

  • *because Wednesday is one session for the complete day, it will be $15

Parking:

–       Spectator parking will be in the West Campus parking garage. Hourly fees apply

Next Up:

–       The Gators host a Last Chance Meet from Feb. 23-25 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

–       This meet serves as the final opportunity for swimmers and divers to set qualifying times for the NCAA meet

–       Diving Zones are set from March 5-7 in Knoxville, Tenn.

–       The women’s NCAA meet takes place in Columbus, Ohio and spans from March 14-17

–       Lastly, the men’s NCAA meet is set for March 21-24 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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