New Hampshire Women, UMBC Men Win America East Championships

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The 2018 America East men’s and women’s Swimming and Diving Championships concluded on Feb. 18 with a total of eight conference records broken over the course of the four-day meet.

The New Hampshire Wildcats won the women’s America East Conference team title with 794 points. University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) finished a close second with 789.5 points, followed by Vermont (652), Binghamton (485.5), Maine (402) and Virginia Military Institute (134).

The UMBC men won all of the swimming events and relays as well as one diving event to win the men’s meet with 1113 points. Binghamton took second with a total score of 817.5, followed by Maine (576.5) and Virginia Military Institute (358).

New Hampshire’s Liza Baykova had herself a meet, sweeping the 50 (22.95), 100 (49.58) and 200 (1:47.76) freestyles. The senior rewrote the America East record in the shortest sprint to become the first swimmer to dip under the 23-second barrier. At finals, she also broke her own 100 free record by .02 that she set during prelims.

UMBC’s Hania Moro, who is the Egyptian national record holder in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyles, earned gold in both the women’s 500 free (4:51.89) and the 1650 (16:53.55). She also picked up third in the 200 free (1:50.39).

UMBC’s Emily Vance swept both backstroke events, finding herself on top of the podium for the 100 (54.50) and 200 (1:57.61). The sophomore eclipsed the previous conference record of 1:57.98 set back in 2011 in the longer of the two distances.

New Hampshire’s Corinne Carbone earned gold in both the 200 IM (2:01.86) and 400 IM (4:17.76). The sophomore also picked up the bronze in the 100 free (51.59).

UMBC freshman Natalija Marin and Binghamton junior Brooke Pettis tied for first in the women’s 100 fly, both stopping the clock in 55.37. Marin was the individual champion in the 200 fly after posting a final time of 2:02.67.

New Hampshire sophomore Milana Evsten won the 100 breast in 1:02.40 and Vermont senior Shannon Cowley got her hands to the wall first in the 200 breast (2:18.84).

On the boards, New Hampshire’s Hailee Miller won the 1-meter (236.80) and her teammate Allyson Stefanelli dove to first on the 3-meter (244.75).

On the men’s side, UMBC’s Alexander Gliese swam his way to the gold medal in three different events. The junior won the 500 free (4:27.81), 100 back (48.55) and 200 back (1:45.27). His time in the 200 back set a new conference record.

UMBC’s Ilia Rattsev also won three events, finishing first in the 50 free (20.00), just .02 shy of the conference mark of 19.98. He also took the top spot in the 100 free (43.92) and 200 free (1:37.14).

UMBC’s Nikola Trajkovic won both the 200 IM (1:49.30) and 400 IM (3:55.20) while his teammate Philip Adejumo won the 100 fly in 47.43 and the 200 fly in 1:48.13. Haythem Abdelkhalek won the men’s mile in 15:21.31 in record-setting fashion to pick up more points for the Retrievers.

UMBC’s Luis Galvan Cardenas set records in both breaststroke events. The sophomore won the 100 breast en route to setting a new America East record with a final time of 55.05 and set a new mark in the 200 with a time of 1:58.77.

On the boards, Binghamton rookie David Walters won the 1-meter (277.05) while UMBC’s Ben Parker took first on the 3-meter (276.85).

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 America East Championships.

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(Video Interview) SEC Championships Lived Up to Expectations for Courtney Harnish

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Georgia’s Courtney Harnish swam a life-time best to win the women’s 1650 free at the 2018 SEC Championships. The rookie was the only swimmer in the field to break the 16-minute barrier, stopping the clock in 15:57.68.

She talks about the atmosphere at her first SEC Championships, citing cheering on her teammates as her favorite part. The Georgia Bulldog also discusses the training environment in college.

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(Video Interview) Akram Mahmoud “Will Do Whatever It Takes” for NCAA Title in Men’s 1650

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South Carolina’s Akram Mahmoud won the men’s 1650 free at the the 2018 SEC Championships, posting a final time of 14:37.01 for an NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

The senior talks about wanting to go under 14:35 but is still proud of his final time. He also discusses the training environment at South Carolina and his race plan next month at NCAAs.

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Mona McSharry Dominates at McCullagh Internationals

Mona McSharry. Photo Courtesy: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Mona McSharry continued her impressive form as the 2018 McCullagh International came to a close on Sunday in Bangor, Ireland. The 17-year-old twice broke the 50m Freestyle Irish Senior Record and brought her medal tally to six gold overall.

The World Junior 100m Breaststroke Champion, knocked three hundredths of a second of Danielle Hill’s 2017 record of 25.85. In this evening’s final, the Marlins swimmer smashed that time taking .25 of a second off her heat time to set a new standard of 25.60 and claim her fifth gold medal of the weekend. Just minutes later, McSharry was back in the pool for the 50m Breaststroke (31.42) where she collected gold number six to finish the weekend.

McSharry collected gold in both the 50m Butterfly and 200m Breaststroke adding to 100m Freestyle and Breaststroke gold.

Scarlett Armstrong, Amelia Kane, Rebecca Reid and Victoria Catterson set a new standard in the 400m Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:58.95, the first ever junior club team to break four minutes.

In the Men’s 50m Breaststroke Final National Centre Dublin (NCD) and UCD’s Darragh Greene completed a clean sweep of the Breaststroke events winning gold in 28.30 while Commonwealth Games bound Calum Bain claimed the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final in 23.06. He also won the Men’s 50m Butterfly in 24.82 seconds

Ards relays collected yet another Irish Record and claimed two further podium places. With the 400m Mixed Medley Relay being swam for the first time at a national meet it was the team in the silver medal position of Paddy Johnston, Jack Angus, Rebecca Reid and Victoria Catterson who set the first Irish Senior and Junior Record in the event clocking 4:10.45, while their teammates Bethy Firth, Morgan Berryman, Emma Reid and Conor Munn took the gold medals in 4:09.02.

Mullingar’s Darragh Hughes won the first of the day’s age group finals. The 14-year-old touched in 2:26.57 in the 200m Individual Medley.

The first of the girl’s finals saw Marlins Cora Rooney win a closely fought 200m Freestyle Final, touching in 2:16.35 ahead of Limericks Ella Carroll (2:16.63).

Both Conor Ferguson and Maria Godden completed golden hat tricks in the weekends Backstroke events. Ferguson added 200m Gold to his 50m and 100m in 2:00.08 ahead of NCD team mates Rory McEvoy (2:05.24) and Sean Scannell (2:08.04). Kilkenny’s Godden picked up her third Backstroke gold in a best time of 2:16.96.

Brendan Hyland added to 200m Butterfly gold with victory in the 100m event. The NCD and Tallaght swimmer was the winner in 53.94.

NCL and Mallow Swan’s Cadan McCarthy, having won 400m Individual Medley silver on Friday, went one better in the 200m event to claim the gold medal in 2:08.08, his team mate at the NCL Alan Corby was second in 2:09.24 with Mark Walsh third in 2:10.76. Rebecca Reid knocked an impressive 11 seconds off her heat time to win the women’s event in 2:20.43.

Limerick’s Zac O’Connor won the final age group event of the weekend when he came home in 2:26.66 in the 200m Butterfly Final.

Jack McMillan was the only swimmer to break four minutes as he took 400m Freestyle gold in 3:58.49. The final event of the weekend saw Rachel Bethel add to her 200m Freestyle Gold with a win in the 400m event in 4:18.41.

National Centre Dublin (NCD) and Bangor swimmer Conor Ferguson took the first individual gold medal of the meet when he won the Men’s 50m Backstroke Final. The 18-year-old continued his preparations for the Commonwealth Games in April with a 25.62 second swim.

The last presentation of the evening saw Ards Swimming Club collect the Dave McCullagh Trophy for their outstanding team performance across the three days of competition.

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2018 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships: Day Five Finals Live Recap

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Follow along with full live coverage of the final evening of the SEC swimming and diving championships in College Station, Texas. The session begins at 5:35 p.m. CT.

Prelims recap
Live results

Event Schedule:

  • Women’s 1650 free
  • Men’s 1650 free
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 100 free
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Women’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s platform diving
  • Women’s 4×100 free relay
  • Men’s 4×100 free relay

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Topeka-Seaman, SM East Win Kansas High School Boys State Titles

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This weekend Kansas crowned the 1-5A and 6A state champions in swimming and diving.

1-5A

Topeka-Seaman won the 1-5A meet, with 347 points. Miege was second with 197 points.

Bishop Miege’s Max Hernandez-NietlingLex Hernandez-NietlingMario Ezama, and Sam Smith won the 200 medley relay in 1:36.79, just ahead of Topeka-Seaman’s Cameron StanleyNoah FlorenceZeke Metz, and Janson Garman in 1:36.97.

Metz won the 200 freestyle by three seconds in 1:40.81. He posted a 4:40.56 to win the 500 freestyle. Wichita-Trinity’s Ben Patton secured 200 IM victory in 1:50.26. Wichita Heights’ Aidan Gantenbein swam a 50.97 for 100 backstroke victory.

A 21.16 secured Bishop-Miege’s Max Hernandez-Nietlin the 50 freestyle title. He also won the 100 butterfly with a 50.30. His brother Lex won the 100 freestyle in 45.84 and the 100 breaststroke in 57.09.

Topeka-Seaman’s Josh GravesJames SadlerJoshua Florence, and Garman won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:27.77. The quartet of Metz, Graves, Stanley, and Florence posted a 3:11.99 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

Full results

6A

SM East scored 316.5 points ahead of Blue Valley North’s 297.5 points.

Blue Valley North’s Jack BrimacombeJackson RhodesMarshall Wietharn, and Sean North out touched Wichita-East’s Sam HutchinsonJack QuahEarl Hwang, and Hugh McPherson 1:36.74 to 1:36.76. McPherson’s 46.18 in the 100 freestyle was good for gold.

Lawrence’s Stephen Johnson won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.74 and won the 500 freestyle in 4:41.68. Manhattan’s Preston Harris swam a 49.88 to win the 100 butterfly.

Washburn Rural’s Tarrin Fisher swam a 1:53.01 200 IM to win the event. He also topped the 100 breaststroke in 56.15.

Blue Valley’s Ryan Richards topped the 50 freestyle in 21.26. Free State’s Evan Eskilson won the 100 backstroke in 51.06. Manhattan’s Preston Harrison was second in 51.76, just ahead of BV West’s Kevin Glenn (51.79).

SM East secured a 200 freestyle victory in 1:26.08 with the team of Elias LowlandPJ SpencerAidan Holbrook, and Evan Root. In 3:10.04 Lowland, Sam Bruck, Holbrook, and Root won the 400 freestyle relay for SM East.

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Bainbridge Island Takes Home Washington Boys 3A State Title

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Bainbridge Island won the 2018 Washington boys high school swimming and diving championships with 397 points. Mercer Island was second with 374 points.

Bainbridge Island set the tone to open the meet, winning the 200 medley relay by four seconds as William WaiteKevin HousemanMakai Ingalls, and Aidan Wagner touched in 1:23.76.

Wait later won the 200 IM by five seconds, finishing in 1:49.75. Houseman went on to a 55.18 100 breaststroke for the win in that event.

Jose Jacome of Eastside Catholic won the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.97. Jacome won the 500 freestyle in 4:33.42, just faster than Gabriel Nickels of Stadium in 4:33.86.

Bellevue’s Nathan Shao topped the 50 freestyle with his 21.08.

Mercer Island’s Jam. Richardson swam a 49.84 to win the 100 butterfly, just faster than Ingalls in 49.86. Shao was third (51.85). Richardson also won the 100 backstroke in 49.78.

Jude Wenker of Bainbridge swam a 45.97 to take the 100 freestyle state title.

Mercer Island’s Evan HillKillian RileyCarson Coe, and Oliver Hoff topped the 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.35, just faster than Bainbridge’s Houseman, John Velisaris, Wagner, and Wenker in 1:26.49.

The 400 freestyle relay went to Bainbridge’s Ingalls, Andrew Witty, Waite, and Wenker in a meet and state record time of 3:05.29.

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Anacortes Wins Close Washington High School 2A State Meet

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Anacortes scored 249 points to win the 2018 Washington High School 2A swimming and diving state championships. Liberty (Renton) was second with 241 points while Kingston scored 236.5 points. Olympic was fourth with 231.

Kingston won the opening relay, leading three teams under the meet record. Timothy GallagherAaron MarkowQuincy Walker, and Ethan Fox took gold in 1:33.55. Columbia River’s Rob MeadJosh BottelbergheElijah Parish, and Ben Phelps tied for second in 1:36.34 with Anacortes’ Emmett MooreJacob HoxieBeau Omdal, and James Drew.

Bottleberghe then won the 200 freestyle for Anacortes in 1:40.13. He also took the 100 breaststroke in a meet record 54.43.

After leading off the winning relay, Gallagher also set a meet record in the 200 IM with his 1:50.10. The junior picked up another meet record in the 100 backstroke, lowering his own mark, with a 49.42.

Olympia freshman Dietrich Meyer won the 50 freestyle in 21.50, just ahead of Steilacoom’s senior Steven Froehle in 21.53. Meyer also topped the 100 freestyle with a 46.56, a new meet record time. Columbia River’s Mead was runner up (46.68) and Fox (47.07) touched third.

Another meet record went down in the 100 butterfly. Moore, Anacortes’ backstroker won the event in 49.94.

Ross Burchell won the 500 freestyle for Olympia with a 4:33.46.

Two teams were under the meet record in the 200 freestyle relay. The mark went to Columbia River’s Bottelberghe, Parish, Phelps, and Mead in 1:27.29. Olympia’s Haakon MeyerTiernann Shelton, Burchell, and Meyer were second in 1:28.17.

In the final event of the meet one more meet record went down. Kingston’s Fox, Bryce Hoffer, Walker, and Gallagher won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:12.91 to secure the state championships.

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Reece Whitley Lowers National HS Record in 100 Breaststroke

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Swimming in finals of the 2018 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships Reece Whitley lowered his own National Private High School record in the 100 breaststroke. The Penn Charter senior touched in 51.16, a half second faster than the 51.68 he recorded in prelims.

That time also surpassed the recently set National Public School record, a 51.62 from Max McHugh.

McHugh’s splits:

24.30

27.32

Whitley’s prelims splits:

25.14

26.54

Whitley’s Finals Swim:

 Event 22  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
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         MEET: * 51.16  2/17/2018 Reece P Whitley, Penn Charter
   NAT'L PREP: ! 51.16  2/17/2018 Reece P Whitley, Penn Charter
   F & M Pool: P 51.16  2/17/2018 Reece P Whitley, Penn Charter
   F & M Pool: P 51.68
                 53.39  NAT Nationals
                 55.79  JR LC Jr Champs.
                 56.00  AA All American
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Whitley, Reece   SR Penn Charter        51.68      51.16*NAT     32  
                 24.83        51.16 (26.33)

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Texas A&M’s Pickrem & Castillo Top 200 Breast Prelims on Last Day at SECs

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The final morning of preliminary action at the 2018 SEC swimming and diving championships included qualifying action in the 200 back, 100 free and 200 breast. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel set himself up for another win in the men’s 100 free, while Tennessee’s Erika Brown and Texas A&M’s Sydney Pickrem also look for their third individual wins, and the Texas A&M men look ready to claim their first individual title of the meet.

Kentucky will have significant points coming from the women’s 200 back final as sophomores Asia Seidt and Ali Galyer qualified first and second, respectively, with teammate Bridgette Alexander fifth. Seidt, the defending SEC champion in the event and 100 back champion from Saturday night, touched in 1:50.81, while Galyer was a second back in 1:51.81. Alexander finished in 1:52.07.

The other five qualifiers for the championship final all came from the seventh and final heat of qualifying. Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton took third in 1:51.86, followed by Georgia’s Kylie Stewart (1:51.94). Finishing sixth through eighth, respectively, were Auburn’s Erin Falconer (1:52.43), Tennessee’s Micah Bohon (1:52.79) and Auburn’s Sonnele Oeztuerk (1:52.83).

Event 34  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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      US Open: O 1:47.84  3/21/2013 Elizabeth Pelton, California
         NCAA: N 1:47.84  3/21/2013 Elizabeth Pelton, California
     American: M 1:47.84  3/21/2013 Elizabeth Pelton, California
     SEC Meet: S 1:48.34  2/21/2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
  Pool Record: P 1:49.11  3/21/2009 Gemma Spofforth, UF
                 1:50.99  A
                 1:59.19  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Asia Seidt       SO Kentucky          1:50.67    1:50.81 qA     
             26.59        54.68 (28.09)
        1:22.86 (28.18)     1:50.81 (27.95)
  2 Ali Galyer       SO Kentucky          1:51.15    1:51.81 qB     
             26.82        55.08 (28.26)
        1:23.41 (28.33)     1:51.81 (28.40)
  3 Lisa Bratton     SR Texas A&M         1:50.10    1:51.86 qB     
             26.77        55.08 (28.31)
        1:23.79 (28.71)     1:51.86 (28.07)
  4 Kylie Stewart    SR Georgia           1:51.88    1:51.94 qB     
             26.74        55.16 (28.42)
        1:23.87 (28.71)     1:51.94 (28.07)
  5 Bridgette Alexa  SR Kentucky          1:51.92    1:52.07 qB     
             26.84        54.85 (28.01)
        1:23.32 (28.47)     1:52.07 (28.75)
  6 Erin Falconer    JR Auburn            1:54.44    1:52.43 qB     
             26.53        54.98 (28.45)
        1:23.91 (28.93)     1:52.43 (28.52)
  7 Micah Bohon      SR Tennessee         1:53.33    1:52.79 qB     
             26.90        55.23 (28.33)
        1:24.03 (28.80)     1:52.79 (28.76)
  8 Sonnele Oeztuer  FR Auburn            1:56.71    1:52.83 qB     
             26.86        55.46 (28.60)
        1:24.27 (28.81)     1:52.83 (28.56)

As with the women’s 200 back, the top seed in the men’s 100 back is a sophomore who claimed the win in the 100 back one night earlier. After posting a come-from-behind victory in that 100-yard event, Javier Acevedo topped prelims here in 1:40.51, with the man he beat out in the 100 back, Alabama’s Christopher Reid, qualifying second in 1:41.09.

Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez, who became the second-fastest man ever in the 400 IM Friday night, took third in 1:41.43, just ahead of Texas A&M’s Anthony Kim (1:41.49) and Tennessee’s Joey Reilman (1:41.57). Florida’s Brennan Balogh (1:41.99), Missouri’s Nick Alexander (1:42.04) and Georgia’s Jay Litherland (1:42.14) also got into the final.

Event 35  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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      US Open: O 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         NCAA: N 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: M 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     SEC Meet: S 1:38.29  2/17/2005 Ryan Lochte, Florida
  Pool Record: P 1:37.58  3/28/2009 Tyler Clary, MICH
                 1:39.66  A
                 1:46.39  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Javier Acevedo   SO Georgia           1:44.03    1:40.51 qB     
             23.90        49.14 (25.24)
        1:14.98 (25.84)     1:40.51 (25.53)
  2 Christopher Rei  SR Alabama           1:41.74    1:41.09 qB     
             23.96        49.59 (25.63)
        1:15.28 (25.69)     1:41.09 (25.81)
  3 Hugo Gonzalez    FR Auburn            1:39.05    1:41.43 qB     
             23.88        49.71 (25.83)
        1:15.83 (26.12)     1:41.43 (25.60)
  4 Anthony Kim      SO Texas A&M         1:43.42    1:41.49 qB     
             23.60        48.78 (25.18)
        1:15.15 (26.37)     1:41.49 (26.34)
  5 Joey Reilman     JR Tennessee         1:43.42    1:41.57 qB     
             23.93        49.63 (25.70)
        1:15.66 (26.03)     1:41.57 (25.91)
  6 Brennan Balogh   JR Florida           1:46.41    1:41.99 qB     
             23.84        49.73 (25.89)
        1:15.82 (26.09)     1:41.99 (26.17)
  7 Nick Alexander   SO Missouri          1:41.97    1:42.04 qB     
             24.14        50.10 (25.96)
        1:16.14 (26.04)     1:42.04 (25.90)
  8 Jay Litherland   SR Georgia           1:43.10    1:42.14 qB     
             24.00        49.71 (25.71)
        1:15.53 (25.82)     1:42.14 (26.61)

Brown already has two wins in the bag at the SEC championships, in the 50 free and 100 fly, and after only one relay swim on Saturday, she returned to the pool Sunday morning to post the top time in the women’s 100 free. She checked in at 47.36, more than seven tenths ahead of the rest of the field.

Georgia’s Veronica Burchill qualified second in 48.00, and Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff took third in 48.09. Just behind was Texas A&M’s Kristen Malone in 48.13.

Other finalists included Missouri’s Annie Ochitwa (48.22), Texas A&M’s Claire Rasmus (48.49), Auburn’s Julie Meynen (48.55) and Alabama’s Bailey Scott (48.79).

Event 36  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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      US Open: O 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         NCAA: N 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
     American: M 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
     SEC Meet: S 46.61  2/18/2012 Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Auburn
  Pool Record: P 46.62  11/20/2014Simone Manuel, STAN
                 47.53  A
                 49.99  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Erika Brown      SO Tennessee           47.54      47.36 qA     
    r:+0.68  10.94        22.83 (11.89)
          35.14 (12.31)       47.36 (12.22)
  2 Veronica Burchi  SO Georgia             47.83      48.00 qB     
    r:+0.72  11.11        23.19 (12.08)
          35.68 (12.49)       48.00 (12.32)
  3 Alyssa Tetzloff  JR Auburn              48.01      48.09 qB     
    r:+0.68  10.66        22.79 (12.13)
          35.64 (12.85)       48.09 (12.45)
  4 Kristin Malone   SR Texas A&M           48.61      48.13 qB     
    r:+0.73  11.04        23.08 (12.04)
          35.61 (12.53)       48.13 (12.52)
  5 Ann Ochitwa      JR Missouri            47.58      48.22 qB     
    r:+0.74  11.01        23.02 (12.01)
          35.63 (12.61)       48.22 (12.59)
  6 Claire Rasmus    JR Texas A&M           48.41      48.49 qB     
    r:+0.71  11.41        23.71 (12.30)
          36.22 (12.51)       48.49 (12.27)
  7 Julie Meynen     SO Auburn              47.61      48.55 qB     
    r:+0.66  11.13        23.42 (12.29)
          36.02 (12.60)       48.55 (12.53)
  8 Bailey Scott     SR Alabama             48.95      48.79 qB     
    r:+0.73  11.04        23.33 (12.29)
          36.09 (12.76)       48.79 (12.70)

After deviating from his normal program to swim the 200 IM and 100 breast earlier in the meet, Dressel returned to his bread-and-butter event for the last day of the meet. He qualified first in the men’s 100 free in 41.50 after going out in a leisurely 20.32 and coming back in 21.18.

Finishing almost seven tenths back was Auburn’s Peter Holoda. After splitting 40.80 anchoring the Tigers’ 400 medley relay Saturday night, Holoda swam a time of 42.17 in prelims, just ahead of teammate Zach Apple (42.40).

It took a sub-43-second swim to make the A-final, with Alabama’s Robert Howard (42.67), Tennessee’s Kyle Decoursey (42.72), Missouri’s Mikel Schreuder (42.83), Florida’s Kader Baqlah (42.86) and Florida’s Maxime Rooney (42.94) all getting in.s

Event 37  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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      US Open: O 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: N 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: M 40.00  3/25/2017 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     SEC Meet: S 41.07  2/20/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
  Pool Record: P 41.08  3/28/2009 Nathan Adrian, CAL
                 42.11  A
                 44.29  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             43.36      41.50 qA     
     r:+0.68  9.22        20.32 (11.10)
          30.99 (10.67)       41.50 (10.51)
  2 Peter Holoda     SR Auburn              42.44      42.17 qB     
     r:+0.69  9.70        20.32 (10.62)
          31.28 (10.96)       42.17 (10.89)
  3 Zachary Apple    JR Auburn              42.74      42.40 qB     
     r:+0.70  9.65        20.33 (10.68)
          31.37 (11.04)       42.40 (11.03)
  4 Robert Howard    JR Alabama             41.99      42.64 qB     
     r:+0.71  9.61        20.22 (10.61)
          31.27 (11.05)       42.64 (11.37)
  5 Kyle Decoursey   JR Tennessee           42.30      42.72 qB     
     r:+0.72  9.74        20.43 (10.69)
          31.75 (11.32)       42.72 (10.97)
  6 Mikel Schreuder  JR Missouri            42.86      42.83 qB     
     r:+0.74  9.91        20.64 (10.73)
          31.82 (11.18)       42.83 (11.01)
  7 Khader Baqlah    SO Florida             43.45      42.86 qB     
    r:+0.72  10.17        20.91 (10.74)
          32.01 (11.10)       42.86 (10.85)
  8 Maxime Rooney    SO Florida             43.02      42.94 qB     
     r:+0.67  9.71        20.69 (10.98)
          32.01 (11.32)       42.94 (10.93)

Texas A&M traditionaly excels in the women’s 200 breast, and this day was no different. Five Aggies qualified for the championship final, including the top three seeds. Pickrem, already the winner of both IMs in College Station, qualified first in 2:06.10.

Teammates Esther Gonzalez Medina and Anna Belousova swam on either side of Pickrem in the final heat and qualified second and third, respectively. Gonzalez touched in 2:07.43 and Belousova in 2:07.48. A&M’s Bethany Galat, the World Championships silver medalist in the 200-meter breast, took fifth in 2:08.87, andthe fifth Aggie, Jorie Caneta, was seventh in 2:09.24.

Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett put up a quick time of 2:07.69 to finish fourth, while South Carolina teammates Kersten Dirrane (2:08.98) and Albury Higgs (2:09.46) were sixth and eighth, respectively.

Event 38  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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      US Open: O 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         NCAA: N 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: M 2:03.18  3/18/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     SEC Meet: S 2:04.92  2/22/2014 Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
  Pool Record: P 2:05.17  2/20/2016 Breeja Larson, NYAC
                 2:07.18  A
                 2:15.99  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sydney Pickrem   JR Texas A&M         2:05.96    2:06.10 qA     
    r:+0.78  29.12      1:01.16 (32.04)
        1:33.85 (32.69)     2:06.10 (32.25)
  2 Esther Gonzalez  SR Texas A&M         2:08.32    2:07.43 qB     
    r:+0.73  29.75      1:01.92 (32.17)
        1:34.58 (32.66)     2:07.43 (32.85)
  3 Anna Belousova   SO Texas A&M         2:08.97    2:07.48 qB     
    r:+0.72  29.16      1:01.64 (32.48)
        1:34.47 (32.83)     2:07.48 (33.01)
  4 Bailey Bonnett   FR Kentucky          2:07.83    2:07.69 qB     
    r:+0.68  29.11      1:01.68 (32.57)
        1:34.42 (32.74)     2:07.69 (33.27)
  5 Bethany Galat    SR Texas A&M         2:06.52    2:08.87 qB     
    r:+0.68  29.66      1:02.13 (32.47)
        1:35.00 (32.87)     2:08.87 (33.87)
  6 Kersten Dirrane  SR South Carolina    2:12.67    2:08.98 qB     
    r:+0.71  29.53      1:01.98 (32.45)
        1:35.21 (33.23)     2:08.98 (33.77)
  7 Jorie Caneta     SR Texas A&M         2:08.91    2:09.24 qB     
    r:+0.72  28.97      1:01.53 (32.56)
        1:34.87 (33.34)     2:09.24 (34.37)
  8 Albury Higgs     SO South Carolina    2:14.33    2:09.46 qB     
    r:+0.77  29.33      1:02.29 (32.96)
        1:35.35 (33.06)     2:09.46 (34.11)

The Texas A&M men sit in second place in the team standings but have yet to record an individual victory. That could change in the final individual event of the meet as Mauro Castillo Luna posted the top time in the men’s 200 breast prelims at 1:52.84. That time is the fastest in the country this season.

Florida’s Mark Szaranek took second in 1:53.40, and Texas A&M’s Jonathan Tybur was third in 1:53.56. Both of those times also rank among the top five nationally.

Georgia’s James Guest took fourth in 1:54.21, ahead of Texas A&M’s Austin Van Overdam (1:54.45), South Carolina’s Nils WichGlasen (1:54.60), Florida’s Ross Palazzo (1:54.95) and Texas A&M’s Tanner Olson (1:54.98.

Event 39  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
      US Open: O 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
         NCAA: N 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
     American: M 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
     SEC Meet: S 1:51.58  2/21/2015 Nic Fink, Georgia
  Pool Record: P 1:51.40  3/28/2009 Neil Versfeld, UGA
                 1:52.94  A
                 1:59.79  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Mauro Castillo   SR Texas A&M         1:54.14    1:52.84 qA     
    r:+0.65  26.09        54.81 (28.72)
        1:23.49 (28.68)     1:52.84 (29.35)
  2 Mark Szaranek    SR Florida           1:55.75    1:53.40 qB     
    r:+0.73  25.54        54.08 (28.54)
        1:23.52 (29.44)     1:53.40 (29.88)
  3 Jonathan Tybur   SR Texas A&M         1:54.56    1:53.56 qB     
    r:+0.73  25.81        54.89 (29.08)
        1:24.01 (29.12)     1:53.56 (29.55)
  4 James Guest      JR Georgia           1:53.46    1:54.21 qB     
    r:+0.67  25.74        54.59 (28.85)
        1:24.15 (29.56)     1:54.21 (30.06)
  5 Austin Van Over  JR Texas A&M         1:56.60    1:54.45 qB     
    r:+0.66  25.86        54.63 (28.77)
        1:24.00 (29.37)     1:54.45 (30.45)
  6 Nils Wich-Glase  SR South Carolina    1:54.84    1:54.60 qB     
    r:+0.69  25.42        54.22 (28.80)
        1:24.01 (29.79)     1:54.60 (30.59)
  7 Ross Palazzo     JR Florida           1:59.87    1:54.95 qB     
    r:+0.73  26.05        55.05 (29.00)
        1:24.81 (29.76)     1:54.95 (30.14)
  8 Tanner Olson     FR Texas A&M         1:55.65    1:54.98 qB     
    r:+0.71  26.03        55.11 (29.08)
        1:24.89 (29.78)     1:54.98 (30.09)

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