Swimming World caught up with several coaches and top athletes during the final day of prelims at the SEC championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Check out those videos below.
Florida freshman Maxime Rooney won his first SEC championship Thursday night in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:32.18 that ranks first in the nation this season. Rooney explained the excitement of his first SEC championships, how he has progressed in the 200 free this season and why he swam the 200 back Saturday morning at SECs.
Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson has finished first in both the 100 and 200 fly at SECs, cementing her candidacy for SEC swimmer of the meet. With the morning session off, she sat down for a seven-minute interview where she re-lived her come-from-behind win over Chelsea Britt in the 200 fly and explained how the Aggies are feeling as they push towards another SEC championship.
Gibson also discussed what she got out of her experience as a member of Team USA at the Short Course World Championships and picked her favorite moment from that meet. Then she detailed what happened on the final evening in Windsor, when an injury to Kelsi Worrell almost tossed Gibson into emergency relay duty. Watch her explain what happened below.
Tennessee freshman Meghan Small won the 200 IM Wednesday night and finished third in the 400 IM a day later. After swimming in the prleims of the 200 back, Small discussed her transition to college swimming and pointed out the moment that it sunk in that she had won a conference championship. She also explained why it was so special to have SECs in her home pool during her freshman season.
South Carolina head coach McGee Moody explained what’s been going right for the Gamecocks so far in Knoxville and what Fynn Minuth has been doing right to give him the top time in the country this season in the 500 free at 4:11.07. Moody also discussed why he likes the SEC’s system of rotating team seating areas by session.