KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (February 15, 2022) - The Texas A&M men and women take the early lead at the 2022 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships following the opening day of the event at Tennessee's Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
To start off the first finals session, Brooke Schultz of South Carolina won the women's 1-meter springboard with a final score of 334.30, the first Gamecock to win the event since 2011. Chiara Pellacani of LSU finished in second place with a score of 316.70, and Kyndal Knight of Kentucky came in third with a score of 309.25.
Alabama defended its title in the women's 200 medley relay as the quartet of Rhyan White, Avery Wiseman, Morgan Scott and Kalia Antoniou combined for an SEC and SEC Championship meet record time of 1:33.64. Tennessee finished second with a time of 1:34.63, and Kentucky claimed third with a time of 1:35.87.
Florida won the SEC title in the men's 200 medley relay for the second consecutive year as the foursome of Adam Chaney, Dillon Hills, Eric Friese and Alberto Mestre posted an SEC Championship meet record time of 1:22.06. Alabama came in second at 1:22.28, while Tennessee took third place with a time of 1:23.35.
Juan Celaya-Hernandez of LSU won the men's 3-meter springboard with a final score of 459.75. Kurtis Mathews of Texas A&M claimed second place with a score of 437.80, and Bryden Hattie of Tennessee placed third with a score of 414.00.
Tennessee claimed the top spot in the women's 800 free relay as the squad of Julia Mrozinski, Ellen Walshe, Trude Rothrock and Tjasa Pintar posted a pool record time of 6:56.81. Kentucky finished second with a time of 6:57.60, and Georgia came in third with a time of 7:01.34.
Closing out the night, Florida set the SEC and the SEC Championship meet record to win the men's 800 free relay. Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman, Oskar Lindholm and Mestre recorded a final time of 6:08.00 to win the gold. Georgia was the runner-up with a time of 6:09.32, and Kentucky took third place with a time of 6:14.35.
Day two of the 2022 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships begins on Wednesday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET 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. ET. Both sessions can be viewed on SEC Network+.