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Lady Vols, Gators pull ahead at SEC Championships

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SEC Staff
Photo: Elaina Eichorn/AU Athletics

Auburn, Ala. - The Florida men and Tennessee women are in the lead at the 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships after day three of the event at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatic Center.

To begin the evening session, Tess Cieplucha of Tennessee became the first Lady Vol to win the women's 400 IM at the SEC meet with her best time of 4:01.88. Vanessa Pearl of Florida placed second with a time of 4:04.61, and Bailey Bonnett of Kentucky finished third with a time of 4:05.62.

Florida swept the podium in the men's 400 IM, starting with Kieran Smith setting the pool record with a time of at 3:37.31. Joining Smith were teammates Grant Sanders in second (3:40.20) and Bobby Finke in third (3:41.56).

Erika Brown of Tennessee won the women's 100 fly for the third consecutive year, posting an SEC meet record time of 49.38. Brown is now the all-time third fastest performer in the event. Rhyan White of Alabama claimed the silver with her time of 50.80, and Sherridon Dressel of Florida earned the bronze with her time of 51.20.

First place in the men's 100 fly went to Danny Kovac of Missouri, who finished with a time of 45.29. Santiago Rossi of Auburn took second (45.32), while Camden Murphy of Georgia placed third (45.47).

In the women's 200 free, Veronica Burchill of Georgia touched the wall first with her time of 1:42.33. Anna Hopkin of Arkansas came in second at 1:42.35, and Courtney Harnish of Georgia finished third at 1:43.26.

Khader Baqlah of Florida won the men's 200 free with his top time of 1:32.05. Brooks Curry of LSU placed second with a time of 1:32.43, and Mark Theall of Texas A&M took third with a time of 1:32.45.

In the final event of the night, Kyndal Knight of Kentucky won the women's 3-meter springboard with a final score of 353.75. Elizabeth Perez of Florida came in second at 346.50, followed by Alison Maillard of Auburn in third with a score of 336.15.

The 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships continues on Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. CT with the preliminaries for the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breast and men's platform diving. The finals of those four events plus the 400 medley relay will start at 5:30 p.m. CT. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.

2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships - Day Three (Feb. 20 - Auburn, Ala.)

Wednesday's Final Results:

Women's Team Results (through Event 22):

1.  Tennessee 632.5
2.  Florida 585.5
3.  Kentucky 491.5
4.  Texas A&M 491
5.  Auburn 478
6.  Georgia 456
7.  Alabama 351.5
8.  Arkansas 254
9.  Missouri 252
10.  LSU 236
11.  South Carolina 228
12.  Vanderbilt 90

Men's Team Results (through Event 21):

1.  Florida 694.5
2.  Texas A&M 538.5
3.  Georgia 493.5
4.  Alabama 438.5
5.  Tennessee 422
6.  Kentucky 416
7.  Missouri 415
8.  Auburn 385
9.  South Carolina 265
10.  LSU 258