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Kentucky Wins 2021 SEC Women's Swimming Championship

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SEC Staff
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Kentucky won the 2021 SEC Women's Swimming Championship, which was held at Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Wildcats won their first SEC title in program history after recording a team score of 1,124. Florida finished second with 1,071 points, followed by Georgia in third with 999 points. Team scores also included the results from all three women's events at the 2021 SEC Men's and Women's Diving Championships, held at the Mizzou Aquatics Center this week.

Kristen Stege of Tennessee swam an NCAA A-cut time of 15:47.72 to win the 1650 free. Kensey McMahon of Alabama finished second with a time of 15:49.22, while Peyton Palsha of Arkansas claimed third place with a time of 15:58.42.

Rhyan White of Alabama won the 200 back for the second consecutive year, recording a pool record time of 1:48.55. Kentucky captured the next two podium spots, with Sophie Sorenson in second at 1:50.94 and Caitlin Brooks in third at 1:51.96.

In the 100 free, Morgan Scott of Alabama posted the top time of 47.50 to capture the gold medal. Maxine Parker of Georgia came in second with a time of 47.75, and Cora Dupre of Alabama took third with a time of 47.90.

Zoie Hartman of Georgia defended her title in the 200 breaststroke, registering an NCAA A-cut time of 2:05.05. Gillian Davey of Kentucky was runner-up with a time of 2:05.59, and Danielle Dellatorre of Georgia came in third with a time of 2:06.96.

Georgia went 1-2 in the 200 fly, with Dakota Luther setting the SEC record with her time of 1:52.04 to win the event for the second consecutive year and Courtney Harnish coming in at 1:53.18. Taylor Pike of Texas A&M finished third with a time of 1:54.19.

Closing out the championship with the 400 free relay, Kalia Antoniou, Scott, Flora Molnar and Dupre of Alabama posted a combined time of 3:10.28 to set the pool record in the event. Parker, Harnish, Gabi Fa'Amausili and Hartman of Georgia came in second with a time of 3:12.08, and Mona McSharry, Trude Rothrock, Bailey Grinter and Tjasa Pintar of Tennessee finished third with a time of 3:13.10.

The Commissioner's Trophy, which is presented to the student-athletes who score the most individual points at the championships, was awarded to White and Hartman. White was also named the SEC Women's Swimmer of the Meet.

SEC Women's Swimming Championship Team Scores
Place Team Points
1. Kentucky 1124
2. Florida 1071
3. Georgia 999
4. Alabama 973
5. Tennessee 934
6. Texas A&M 839
7. Missouri 614.5
8. Arkansas 595
9. Auburn 510
10. LSU 390.5
11. South Carolina 276
12. Vanderbilt 154