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Gators, Lady Vols win 2020 SEC Championships

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Auburn, Ala. - The Florida men and Tennessee women are the winners of the 2020 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

The Lady Vols earned their first-ever SEC title in women's swimming & diving with a final score of 1,108 points. Florida came in second with 1,079.5 points. The Gators won their eighth consecutive and 41st overall title in men's swimming & diving with a total score of 1,194 points. Texas A&M finished second with 975.5 points.

The Commissioner's Trophy, which is awarded to the student-athletes who score the most individual points at the championships, went to Erika Brown of Tennessee for the women and Zane Waddell of Alabama and Shaine Casas of Texas A&M for the men.

Brown and Kieran Smith of Florida were named the SEC Swimmers of the Meet. Alison Maillard of Auburn and Kurtis Mathews of Texas A&M were named the SEC Divers of the Meet.

The final night of the championships began with the women's 1650 free, with Kensey McMahon from Alabama finishing first with a time of 15:43.74. McMahon is the first member of the Crimson Tide program to win the SEC title in this event. Amanda Nunan of Tennessee came in second with a time of 15:53.39, and Leah Braswell of Florida placed third with a time of 15:54.54.

Bobby Finke of Florida set the US Open, NCAA, American and SEC Meet record in the men's 1650-yard freestyle with his time of 14:12.08. Finke defended his title in the event from last season with his record-breaking finish. Greg Reed of Georgia finished second with a time of 14:45.03, and Brennan Gravely of Florida took third with a time of 14:47.41.

Rhyan White of Alabama set the SEC meet and pool records in the women's 200 back, touching the wall first with a time of 1:48.15. Kentucky captured the next two podium positions, with Asia Seidt earning the silver (1:48.86) and Ali Galyer taking the bronze (1:49.92).

Shaine Casas of Texas A&M set the SEC meet record in the men's 200 back, posting a top time of 1:37.20. Clark Beach of Florida placed second (1:39.56), and Matthew Garcia of Tennessee finished third (1:40.75).

Erika Brown won her third consecutive title in the women's 100 free with her SEC meet record time of 45.83. Second place went to Anna Hopkin of Arkansas with a time of 46.20. Julie Meynen of Auburn took third with a time of 46.96.

Brooks Curry of LSU became the third Tiger in program history to win the men's 100 free at the SEC Championships with his top time of 41.81. Zane Waddell finished second with a time of 41.82, followed by Kieran Smith of Florida with a time of 42.14.

Georgia went 1-2 in the women's 200 breaststroke as Zoie Hartman finished first at 2:06.20 and Danielle DellaTorre came in second at 2:07.11. Third place went to Bailey Bonnett of Kentucky with a time of 2:07.92.

Benjamin Walker of Texas A&M won the gold medal in the men's 200 breaststroke for the second consecutive year with a time of 1:51.92. Second place went to Bustamante Puente of Texas A&M (1:52.39) and third to Grant Sanders of Florida (1:52.49).

Tanesha Lucoe of Alabama captured first place in the women's platform with a final score of 338.75. Emma Whitner of Florida recorded 285.45 points to earn second place, and Gretchen Wensuc of Auburn took third with 276.90 points.

In the 400 free relays, Auburn won the women's event with an SEC meet record time of 3:09.18, while Alabama won the men's race with a time of 2:49.06 to close out the meet.

Women's Team Results

1.  Tennessee 1108
2.  Florida 1079.50
3.  Kentucky 987.50
4.  Georgia 986
5.  Auburn 866
6.  Texas A&M 851
7.  Alabama 748
8.  Missouri 500
9.  South Carolina 427
10.  Arkansas 422
11.  LSU 417
12.  Vanderbilt 150

Men's Team Results:

1.  Florida 1194
2.  Texas A&M 975.5
3.  Georgia 953.5
4.  Alabama 935.5
5.  Missouri 846.5
6.  Tennessee 817
7.  Kentucky 724
8.  Auburn 697
9.  LSU 517
10.  South Carolina 504