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SEC Championships Night 3 | The Floridian Recap

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KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 15, 2017 – 2017 SEC swimming and Diving Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

In the third night of racing in Knoxville, Floridian stars shined once again, and the Florida men extended their lead. Highlights included:

Women’s 400 IM:

Oldsmar native and Texas A&M sophomore Sydney Pickrem took the victory in a time of 4:02.25, winning by more than a second and a half. Hannah Burns, a Florida sophomore, took 10th place in a time of 4:08.65, followed by fellow Gator freshman Kelly Fertel placing 12th with a time of 4:10.01. They were joined in the B final by teammates freshman Savanna Faulconer, who took 14th with a time of 4:10.51, and freshman Makayla Sargent, who rounded out the final in 16th place going 4:15.98. Floridian and Auburn senior Ashley Neidigh went 4:12.49 in the C final for 18th place.

Men’s 400 IM:

Florida junior Mark Szaranek did his best to close on Olympic silver medalist. American record holder, and Georgia senior Chase Kalisz, but ultimately fell thirty-three one-hundredths of a second short. Szaranek posted a time of 3:36.54, breaking the Florida school record held by Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer. Szaranek was joined by Gator sophomore Alex Lebed in the A final, who took 8th in a time of 3:45.60. Florida sophomore Brennan Balogh placed 10th in a time of 3:45.87, while he was joined in the B final by teammate Ross Palazzo. Gator freshman Taylor Delk also contributed points in the C final, going 3:49.76 for 21st place.

Women’s 100 Fly:

Georgia senior and Fort Lauderdale native Chelsie Britt lead the way for the first 75, but was caught on the touch by Texas A&M senior Sarah Gibson. Britt finished in a quick time of 50.93. Arkansas junior and Floridian native Olivia Weekly placed 20th in a time of 53.80 and was followed by Alyssa Yambo-Maul in 21st place, who went 53.87.

Men’s 100 Fly:

I hope you aren’t bored of reading about Dressel because he is showing no signs of slowing down. He went 44.21 to win the 100 fly by well over a second, dropping almost two tenths off of his personal best time and breaking the pool record, SEC meet record, and the Florida record in the process. He was followed by teammate Jan Switkowski who placed 2nd from lane 1 with a time of 45.59. Auburn junior and Davie native Luis Martinez tied for 5th in a time of 46.03. Florida senior Jack Blyzinskyj won the C final in a time of 46.70.

Women’s 200 Free:

Kentucky senior Kendal Casey of Daytona Beach placed 5th with a time of 1:46.50. Florida junior Amelia Maughan won the B final, going 1:46.36. She was joined by teammate Kelsey Dambacher in the B final, who finished in a 1:47.58 for 15th place. Gator senior Taylor Katz scored in the C final, going 1:48.74 for 24th place.

Men’s 200 Free:

Gator freshman Maxime Rooney won the 200 free by almost a body length with a scorching-fast time of 1:32.18, which is the fastest time in the country so far. Teammate freshman Khader Baqlah took 2nd with a time of 1:33.65, and Mitch D’Arrigo joined them in the A final, taking 5th in a 1:34.07. Florida sophomore Bayley Main also scored points for the Gators, taking 20th in a time of 1:36.25, followed by teammate and fellow sophomore Grady Heath, who finished in 21st place with a time of 1:36.33. Ben Lawless was the final scorer for the Gators, taking 23rd place in a time of 1:36.70.

Men’s 3 Meter Diving

Tonight, UF ‘Super Sophomore’ Sam Smith put on a stellar performance, diving to a career-best score of 440.20 and breaking a 32 year old school record at the same time. He moved up 4 places from his preliminary event, finishing 4th overall.

Women’s Team Standings After Night 3:

1. Texas A&M – 729

2. Georgia – 601

3. Auburn – 493

4. Tennessee – 454

5. Missouri – 430

6. Kentucky – 406

7. Florida – 331

8. LSU – 291

9. South Carolina – 248

10. Alabama – 221

11. Arkansas – 146

12. Vanderbilt – 30

Men’s Team Standings After Night 3:

1. Florida – 759.5

2. Georgia – 537

3. Auburn – 495.5

4. Alabama – 415.5

5. Texas A&M – 414

6. Tennessee – 409.5

7. South Carolina – 380

8. LSU – 340

9. Missouri – 326.5

10. Kentucky – 248.5

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