SEC Swimming and Diving Weekly Notebook (January 22, 2014)
Alabama closes out its home schedule on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. against Emory.
The Arkansas swimming and diving team will resume action this Saturday at noon, facing Rice and Clemson at the Arkansas Natatorium. Admission is free to the first of Arkansas’ two home meets this semester.
Auburn’s full squad returns to action on Jan. 25 as the Tigers travel to face Florida.
The third ranked Florida Swimming and Diving men's nine person team scored five individual wins and placed second at the Classic at SMU. The Gators totaled 321 points and finished 12 points behind reigning NCAA Champion Michigan. The Gators went up against top flight competition in top-ranked Michigan, sixth-ranked University of Southern California, eighth-ranked Louisville, Purdue and SMU. The rest of the Florida Swimming and Diving program swept Florida Atlantic in the first of three consecutive dual meet weekends for the Gators. The eight-ranked Florida women (4-2, 2-1 SEC) captured every event and won 175-112. The third-ranked men (6-0, 3-0 SEC) were competing as a split squad with nine members of the team competing at the Classic at SMU, and defeated FAU by a score of 166-123. Senior Elizabeth Beisel delivered a pair of top-10 times nationally in the 500 freestyle (4:37.04) and 200 butterfly (1:54.60). The two-time Olympic medalist missed breaking the NCAA 'A' standard by .03 in the 500 free and by .11 in the 200 fly. Beisel now ranks in the top-10 nationally in six events and in the top-five nationally in four events. At the Classic at SMU, junior Dan Wallace set a pool record in the 400 individual medley and lowered his NCAA 'A' cut and the nation's fourth fastest time with a swim of 3:42.11.
Georgia's swimming and diving teams were idle last weekend. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday against Tennessee at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Lady Bulldogs will be trying to extend their UGA all-sports record home win streak to 88 against the Lady Vols.
The Wildcats travel to in-state rival Louisville on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. The meet comes a week before UK’s final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center.
The LSU Swimming and Diving team competed in its final SEC dual meet of the season against Texas A&M Saturday in the LSU Natatorium. The Tigers defeated the Aggies 157.5-132.5 in a meet where three freshmen provided wins. Brandon Goldman took first in the 200 backstroke (2:00.59), Silas DeJean touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (55.65) and Eric Klein provided a huge win in the 200 IM that ultimately clinched the win. Team captain Frank Greeff delivered a spark for the men with wins in the 100 and 200 fly. In his last home meet, Sean McKinney finished with another score over 400 and a win on three-meter springboard (417. 23). The Lady Tigers fell to A&M 168-127. Freshman Kara Kopcso continued her stellar first year with a win and program record in the 200 fly (1:56.12). Kopcso also took first in the 100 fly. Megan Cox provided a win for the women’s team in the 200 free with a mark of 1:48.63. Junior Alex Bettridge swept on 1-meter and 3-meter with scores of 316.28 and 320.55. The Lady Tigers take a week off from competition before heading to Houston, Texas Jan. 31-Feb. 1 for a quad meet with Houston, Tulane and Rice.
The Mizzou swimming and diving team faced off against Big Ten Conference opponents Iowa, Indiana and Illinois (women only) on Saturday, Jan. 18. On the women's side, sophomore Lauren Reedy and junior Danielle Barbiea both won two events, while freshman Katharine Ross earned one. Reedy swept the springboard events and set a new school record on the 1-meter. Barbiea claimed wins in the 100 free and 100 fly, while Ross won the 100 breast. For the men, junior Sam Tierney (200 breast) and sophomore Clark Thomas (1-meter) earned victories.
The Gamecocks will be back in action against Queens University and Wingate University for a two-day meet on Jan. 24-25. Day one will begin at 4 p.m., ET, while day two events will start with senior day ceremonies beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Tennessee returns to action Jan. 25 with a road meet at Georgia.
Texas A&M Women’s swimming and diving team improved to 7-0-1 (3-0-1 SEC) after a dual in Baton Rouge against LSU. The No. 2 Aggies remain undefeated with one dual meet remaining. The final meet will be senior night as the Aggies face UNT at home. Against LSU, the women also won both relays, winning first place in 11 of 16 total events. The Aggies also took the top two spots in seven races for a final score of 168-127. The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team fell to 1-3 (0-3 SEC) after a dual meet in Baton Rouge with LSU. The Aggies will have one final dual meet against SMU in the regular season. The men won 8 of 16 events in the dual with the Tigers but came up short after several lead changes, with the final score resting at 157.5-142.5. The Aggies won the final relay to tighten the score with the 200 free relay, which was won in 1:20.45.
The Commodores finished last weekend with a split against Liberty and the University of West Florida. VU knocked off UWF, 203-57, and fell to Liberty, 140-121. Chrissy Oberg led the charge for the Commodores, winning two of the teams six events. Oberg won the 100- and 200-back with times of 56.69 and 2:01.69, respectively. Freshmen Alex Blankenburg and Carrie Bencic each picked up a top finishes. Blankenburg took first in the 200 fly and finished second in the 400 IM, while Bencic took the top spot in the 500 free and finished second in the 200 free. The Commodores will face WKU, Cumberland and Marshall this weekend at a two-day meet in Bowling Green, Ky.