Auburn, Ala. - The Texas A&M men and Florida women take the early lead at the 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships following the opening day of the event at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
To start off the first finals session, Alison Maillard of Auburn won the women's 1-meter springboard with a final score of 364.15, the first Tiger to win the event since 2012. Aimee Wilson of LSU finished in second place with a score of 320.75, and Grace Cable of Tennessee came in third with a score of 319.70.
Tennessee won the women's 200 medley relay for the third consecutive year as the quartet of Meghan Small, Nikol Popov, Stanzi Moseley and Erika Brown posted a combined time of 1:35.38. Missouri finished second with a time of 1:35.69, and Florida claimed third with a time of 1:36.71.
Texas A&M won the SEC title in the men's 200 medley relay for the first time in program history as the foursome of Shaine Casas, Benjamin Walker, Adam Koster and Mike Thibert posted a pool record time of 1:23.49. Tennessee came in second at 1:24.85, while Florida took third place with a time of 1:24.51.
Kurtis Mathews of Texas A&M won the men's 3-meter springboard with a final score of 438.55. Danny Zhang of Kentucky claimed second place with a score of 422.10, and Matthew Wade of Tennessee placed third with a score of 420.20.
The Lady Vols won their second relay of the night as the women's 800 free relay team of Small, Brown, Tjasa Pintar and Tess Cieplucha posted a pool record time of 6:53.27. Kentucky finished second (6:56.66), and Georgia came in third (6:59.14).
Closing out the night, Florida set the SEC meet record to win the men's 800 free relay for eighth consecutive year. Kieran Smith, Gerry Quinn Khader Baqlah and Clark Beach recorded a final time of 6:09.91 to win the gold. Smith's leadoff split of 1:30.11 made him the fourth fastest all-time performer in the 200 free. Texas A&M was the runner-up with a time of 6:11.87, and Georgia took third place with a time of 6:16.64.
Day two of the 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. CT with the prelims for the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and men's 1-meter. The finals of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and men's 1-meter will start at 5:30 p.m. CT. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.
2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships - Day One (Feb. 18 - Auburn, Ala.)
Tuesday's Final Results:
Women's Team Results (through 3 events):
Men's Team Results (through 3 events):