SEC Championships Day 4 Prelims: Smoliga, Britt, Kalisz Take Top Seeds

Chase Kalisz. Photo Courtesy: Cory A. Cole

The SEC meet continued with Friday’s Day 4 preliminaries.

Here is a look at who made the finals:

Women’s 200 butterfly

Georgia’s Chelsea Britt surged to the top seed in the 200-yard butterfly to kick off the morning session in a pool record and NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson took the second seed (1:54.43) , followed by Georgia’s Megan Kingsley (1:54.94), LSU’s Kara Kopsco (1:56.86), Auburn’s Bailey Nero (1:56.96), Missouri’s Sharli Brady (1:57.02), Florida’s Alyssa Yambor-Maul (1:57.34) and Tennessee’s Michelle Cefal (1:57.62).

Men’s 200 butterfly

Georgia’s Chase Kalisz gave the Bulldogs another top seed, swimming the 200 butterfly in 1:42.37.

Florida’s Jan Switkowsi followed in 1:43.04, followed by South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth (1:43.09), Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz (1:43.16), Florida’s Mark Szaranek (1:43.49), Georgia’s Pace Clark (1:43.52), Georgia’s Mick Litherland (1:43.71) and Auburn’s Hugo Morris (1:43.82).

Women’s 100 back

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga took the top spot in the 100 backstroke, finishing in an NCAA ‘A’ cut of 51.10, edging Missouri’s Hannah Stevens (51.13), also an ‘A’ cut.

Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint took the third seed in 51.56, followed by Kentucky’s Asia Seidt (51.66), Missouri’s Nadine Laemmler (51.98), Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer (52.02), Florida’s Emma Ball (52.49) and Georgia’s Chelsea Britt (52.54) ,who made her second final of the day.

Men’s 100 back

Alabama’s Connor Oslin took the top seed in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 45.29.

Teammate Luke Kaliszak was second (45.64), followed by Georgia’s Taylor Dale (45.67), LSU’s Logan Rysemus (46.27), LSU’s Karl Luht (46.38), Alabama’s Christopher Reid (46.43), Texas A&M’s Brock Bonetti (46.62) and Missouri’s Daniel Hein (46.65).

Women’s 100 breast

Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta took the top seed in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a 59.79.

Alabama’s Bridget Blood was second in 59.83, followed by Kentucky’s Madison Winstead (1:00.09), Tennessee’s Colleen Callahan (1:00.20), A&M’s Ashley McGregor (1:00.28), Auburn’s Natasha Lloyd (1:00.30), A&M’s Franko Jonker (1:00.44) and LSU’s Colleen O’Neil (1:00.66).

Men’s 100 breast

South Carolina’s Nils Wich-Glasen posted a quick 51.58 to lead the way into the 100 breast final. He was followed by the defending NCAA champion in the event, Missouri’s Fabien Schwingenschlogl, at 52.08, and Alabama’s Anton McKee was third in 52.33.

Auburn’s Michael Duderstadt, Missouri’s Michael Chadwick (52.76), Florida’s Chandler Bray (53.03) and Alabama’s Pavel Romanov (53.06) also made the final.

Women’s platform diving

Tennessee’s Rachel Rubadue was the top seed for finals with her score of 327.85. Texas A&M’s Alais Kalonji (297.90) and South Carolina’s Allyson Nied (297.50) qualified second and third, respectively.

Also advancing to dive at night were Alabama’s Kara Fredlock (281.65), Kentucky’s Rebecca Hamperian (272.65), Texas A&M’s Teya Syskasis (271.40), Tennessee’s Emily Pelletier (268.40) and Auburn’s Alison Maillard (268.20).


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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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