AUBURN, Ala. - The Florida men and Georgia women maintain their leads after the fourth day of competition at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.
On the men's side, the Gators own 980 points to keep them in first place, while Georgia remains in second with 848 points. For the women, the Bulldogs improve their lead with 1082 points, and Texas A&M stays in second place with 875 points.
Georgia's Chase Kalisz won the individual title in the men's 200 fly, with a final time of 1:41.70. Tennessee's Sam McHugh came in second (1:42.01), and Auburn's Hugo Morris took third place (1:42.11).
Kentucky's Christina Bechtel won the gold medal in the women's 200 fly with a top time of 1:52.78, the Wildcats' first individual winner since 2007. Georgia's Hali Flickinger placed second with a time of 1:52.88, while Florida's Taylor Katz came in third place with a time of 1:54.44.
Connor Oslin of Alabama claimed the men's 100 back title, coming in first with a time of 45.45. Jack Blyzinski of Florida took second at 46.01, and Taylor Dale of Georgia won third at 46.18.
Olivia Smoliga of Georgia was victorious in the women's 100 back, touching the wall first in a time of 51.47. Béryl Gastaldello from Texas A&M earned second with a time of 51.73, and Kylie Stewart of Georgia took third with a time of 52.12.
Nic Fink from Georgia won the 100 breaststroke for the fourth consecutive year, winning this year's title with a time of 51.51. Sam Tierney from Missouri came in second (51.64) and Michael Duderstadt from Auburn finished third (51.93).
Alabama's Kaylin Burchell won the women's 100 breaststroke, recording a top time of 58.87. Tennessee's Molly Hannis earned second place with a time of 59.01, and Arkansas' Nikki Daniels took third with a time of 59.52.
In the women's platform diving, Cassie Weil from LSU claimed first place after recording a top score of 331.70. Kahlia Warner from Florida finished second with a score of 326.45, and Alex Bettridge of LSU earned third place with a score of 307.10.
In the men's final event of the evening session, Alabama won the men's 400 medley relay as Oslin, Anton McKee, Brett Walsh and Kristian Gkolomeev finished first with a SEC record time of 3:04.22. Florida finished second in a time of 3:05.09, and Auburn took third with a time of 3:06.01.
The Tennessee foursome of Amanda Carner, Hannis, Harper Bruens and Faith Johnson closed out the night by winning the women's 400 medley relay with a time of 3:31.47. Second place went to Texas A&M (3:32.93) and third place to Georgia (3:34.01).
The 2015 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships concludes on Saturday, Feb. 21. Preliminaries for the 100 free, 200 back and 200 breast begin at 10 a.m. CT, followed by prelims for the men's platform diving at 1 p.m. and timed finals for the 1650 free at 2:40 p.m. The evening session starts at 6 p.m. CT with the final heat of the 1650 free as well as the finals for the 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, men's platform diving and 400 free relay. The trophy presentation for all the major award winners will take place at the conclusion of the meet. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.
A recap of the men's championship will air on Monday, Mar. 2 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU, followed by the women's championship recap at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Friday's Final Results:
Men's Team Results (through 15 events):
1. Florida 980; 2. Georgia 848; 3. Auburn 760; 4. Tennessee 687.5; 5. Alabama 610.5; 6. Missouri 549; 7. LSU 420; 8. Texas A&M 385; 9. South Carolina 359; 10. Kentucky 301
Women's Team Results (through 16 events):
1. Georgia 1082; 2. Texas A&M 875; 3. Florida 730.5; 4. LSU 614; 5. Tennessee 584; 6. Auburn 521; 7. Kentucky 499; 8. Missouri 470; 9. Alabama 403; 10. Arkansas 320; 11. South Carolina 308; 12. Vanderbilt 137
Men's 200 Fly - 1. Chase Kalisz, UG 1:41.70; 2. Sam McHugh, UT 1:42.01; 3. Hugo Morris, AU 1:42.11; 4. Tynan Stewart, UG 1:42.30; 5. Pace Clark, UG 1:42.33; 6. Dan Wallace, UF 1:42.49; 7. Frank Greeff, LS 1:43.34; 8. Kyle Higgins, UK 1:43.36
Women's 200 Fly - 1. Christina Bechtel, UK 1:52.78; 2. Hali Flickinger, UG 1:52.88; 3. Taylor Katz, UF 1:54.44; 4. Courtney Weaver, UG 1:55.33; 5. Megan Kingsley, UG 1:55.34; 6. Lauren Harrington, UG 1:55.56; 7. Kara Kopsco, LS 1:56.06; 8. Heather Lundstrom, UT 1:57.07.
Men's 100 Back - 1. Connor Oslin, UA 45.45; 2. Jack Blyzinski, UF 46.01; 3. Taylor Dale UG 46.18; 4. Joe Patching, AU 46.36; 5. Corey Main, UF 46.52; 6. Sean Lehane, UT 46.60; 7. Kyle Darmody, AU 46.70; 8. Christian-Paul Homer, UF 46.73
Women's 100 Back - 1. Olivia Smoliga, UG 51.47; 2. Béryl Gastaldello, AM 51.73; 3. Kylie Stewart, UG 52.12; 4. Danielle Galyer, UK 52.17; 5. Hannah Stevens, MO 52.38; 6. Caley Oquist, LS 52.95; 7. Laura Norman, AM 53.21; 8. Jillian Vitarius, AU 53.65
Men's 100 Breast - 1. Nic Fink, UG 51.51; 2. Sam Tierney, MO 51.64; 3. Michael Duderstadt, AU 51.93; 4. Peter Stevens, UT 52.07; 5. Anton McKee, UA 52.67; 6. Zach Warner, AU 52.74; T7. Jacob Molacek, AU 52.78; T7. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, UF 52.78
Women's 100 Breast - 1. Kaylin Burchell, UA 58.87; 2. Molly Hannis, UT 59.01; 3. Nikki Daniels, AR 59.92; 4. Katharine Ross, MO 59.64; 5. Abby Duncan, MO 1:00.02; 6. Annie Lazor, AU 1:00.15; 7. Ashley McGregor, AM 1:00.45; 8. Bridget Blood, UA 1:00.52
Women's Platform Diving - 1. Cassie Weil, LS 331.70; 2. Kahlia Warner, UF 326.45; 3. Alex Bettridge, LS 307.10; 4. Christa Cabot, UK 298.60; 5. Madison Sthamann, LS 274.20; 6. Lindsay Keahey, UK 270.45; 7. Carly Scheper, AU 239.5; 8. Delaney Dye, UF 236.40
Men's 200 Medley Relay - 1. Alabama (Oslin, McKee, Walsh, Gkolomeev) 3:04.22; 2. Florida (Blyzinski, Solaeche-Gomez, Homer, Dressel) 3:05.09; 3. Auburn (Patching, Duderstadt, Morris, Darmody) 3:06.26; 4. Georgia (Dale, Fink, Stewart, Trice) 3:06.26; 5. Tennessee (Lehane, Stevens, Thulin, Tillman) 3:06.86; 6. Missouri (Griffin, Tierney, Sansoucie, Chadwick) 3:07.15; 7. LSU (Rysemus, Dejean, Greeff, Linge) 3:09.23; 8. Texas A&M (Wallace, Castillo Luna, Shaw, Bolleter) 3:10.64; 9. Kentucky (Thaning, Dillon, Jones, Gunn) 3:14.69
Women's 200 Medley Relay - 1. Tennessee (Carner, Hannis, Bruens, Johnson) 3:31.47; 2. Texas A&M (Norman, Jonker, Gastaldello, Bosma) 3:32.93; 3. Georgia (Smoliga, Zhu, Harrington, Van Landeghem) 3:34.01; 4. Missouri (Stevens, Ross, Barbiea, Patterson) 3:34.34; 5. Auburn (Vitarius, Lazor, Fonteno, Purcell) 3:34.58; 6. Florida (Linn, Michalak, Hinds, Maughan) 3:34.76; 7. Arkansas (Mayfield, Daniels, White, Monroe) 3:35.09; 8. LSU (Oquist, O'Neil, Carter, Troskot) 3:35.32
Chase Kalisz (Georgia), Men's 200 Butterfly: "I'm really happy with the win. My goal for this meet is to get as many points for my team as I can. I just swam my own race. I stayed back and stayed patient and utilized my strengths."
Christina Bechtel (Kentucky), Women's 200 Butterfly: "I feel like I'm on a high right now, I'm so excited and proud to be a Wildcat and represent my team. My approach tonight was whatever it takes to win. I knew this morning in the prelims I went out a little bit too fast, so I wanted to back off a little bit in the finals. When I noticed I started to catch up in the last 150 meters, my mentality was to keep kicking out of that last turn and I can win. I feel so lucky and honored to be on this team."
Connor Oslin (Alabama), Men's 100 Backstroke: "It's surreal. I never really expected to do that. My goal at the beginning of the season was just to get on the podium or get top-8 again. This morning I just had a break out swim and I was very surprised, but now I know all the hard work and training is paying off."
Olivia Smoliga (Georgia), Women's 100 Backstroke: "(Runner-up Kylie Stewart and I) have been training all season and racing each other, so it was so nice to have her next to me. She pushes me to be better. It was awesome to have so much Georgia representation in the backstroke."
Nicolas Fink (Georgia), Men's 100 Breaststroke: "I'm certainly proud to have won this event four times. This one is a tribute to the whole year. It's not just something that happened here. It goes back to the training, the hard work and my teammates pushing me all year. They have made me a better swimmer."
Kaylin Burchell (Alabama), Women's 100 Breaststroke: "I talked a little bit this year about having fun this year, and I don't know what is more fun than winning in my senior year. It still hasn't really hit me yet." Cassie Weil (LSU), Women's Platform Diving "This is what we've been training for all season and I'm just really happy that the hard work we put in all season has paid off. I'm also very glad to have done it with my teammates. Having three of us in the final is really rewarding. It shows that LSU showed up and we are going to fight until the end."
Connor Oslin (Alabama), Men's 400 Medley Relay: "It is a tough double. I had to do the 100 back again and I went the same exact time. Even though I'm hurting I had to get pumped up for the relay. It was awesome. SEC record; I don't think any of us expected that. Once again shout out to a great coaching staff, great teammates, and great support from our families. It has been a surreal experience here. These SEC's have been great. We still have one more day, so I'm excited."
Molly Hannis (Tennessee), Women's 400 Medley Relay: "It's great to see some of our freshmen stepping up, people stepping into these relays who wouldn't usually be on them. Both in my (100 breaststroke) race and on the relay, I was hoping to be a little bit faster. But based on where I am in my training and with the season, I was very pleased with it."
Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle: "Our ladies stood up again today with a great morning and a great evening. We were able to stretch out our lead today. If we have a good morning (Saturday), we've got a good shot at another championship."
Florida head coach Gregg Troy: "Georgia had a real big day, but we've got to come in and swim well again tomorrow. It is what it is. If we come in and race and take care of business then we will be fine."