KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Florida men and the Texas A&M women are in the lead at the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships following day two of the event at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
On the men's side, Florida is in first place with 486.5 points, while Auburn holds onto second with 346 points. For the women, Texas A&M has 488 points to maintain the top spot, and Georgia sits in second place with 410 points.
To begin the evening session, Sarah Gibson of Texas A&M won the women's 500 freestyle, touching in wall first in a time of 4:38.92. Ashley Neidigh took second place with a time of 4:39.91, while Kendal Casey of Kentucky placed third with a time of 4:40.81.
Fynn Minuth of South Carolina set the pool record in the men's 500 freestyle after posting a time of 4:11.07. Mitch D'Arrigo of Florida came in second (4:12.71), while Kevin Litherland of Georgia finished third (4:15.98).
In the women's 200 IM, Meghan Small of Tennessee earned the gold medal with a pool record time of 1:53.31. Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M came in second (1:53.64), and fellow Aggie Bethany Galat took third (1:54.86).
Chase Kalisz set the SEC record in the men's 200 IM with a time of 1:41.28. Florida took the next two podium spots as Mark Szaranek came in second with a time of 1:41.30 and Jan Switkowski took third with a time of 1:42.25.
First place in the women's 50 free went to Madeline Banic of Tennessee, who posted a final time of 21.54. Second place went to Olivia Smoliga of Georgia (21.56) and third to Bailey Scott of Alabama (21.84).
Caeleb Dressel of Florida defended his title in the men's 50 free, touching the wall first in a time of 18.46. Zane Waddell of Alabama took second (19.17) and Michael Chadwick of Missouri finished third (19.21).
In the women's 1-meter springboard, Lauren Reedy of Missouri set the SEC record with a final score of 364.30. Rebecca Hamperian of Kentucky finished second with a score of 354.90, while Julia Vincent of South Carolina placed third with a score of 351.85.
The foursome of Smoliga, Veronica Burchill, Emily Cameron and Chantal Van Landeghem from Georgia won the women's 200 free relay with a time of 1:27.57. On the men's side, the quartet of Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, Dressel, Switkowski and Jack Blyzinskyj from Florida set a pool record in the men's 200 free relay with a final time of 1:15.67.
The 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships continues on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. ET with the preliminaries for the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free and the men's 3-meter diving, followed by the finals of those four events starting at 6 p.m. ET. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.
2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships - Day Two
Men's Team Results (through 7 events): 1. Florida 486.5; 2. Auburn 346; 3. Texas A&M 324; 4.Georgia 314; 5. Alabama 287; 6. South Carolina 278; 7. Tennessee 261.5; 8. LSU 199; 9. Kentucky 196; 10. Missouri 186
Women's Team Results (through 8 events): 1. Texas A&M 488; 2. Georgia 410; 3. Auburn 371; 4. Missouri 349; 5.Tennessee 344; 6. Kentucky 310; 7. Florida 238; 8. LSU 231; 9. South Carolina 203; 10. Alabama 187; 11. Arkansas 133; 12. Vanderbilt 30