Tennessee Freestylers Make A Mark In SEC Prelim

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The Tennessee women highlighted day five preliminaries with a strong showing in the 100-yard freestyle. The Volunteers placed four swimmers in the event’s A final. They currently trail first place Texas A&M by just 19 points.

Georgia’s Hali Flickinger continued her strong meet on Saturday’s preliminary races, posting the fastest time of the women’s 200-yard backstroke heats. The senior posted a time of 1:50.95. Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer touched second and Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton posted the third fastest time of the morning.

In the men’s event, Auburn’s Joe Patching and Tennessee’s Sean Lehane tied for first with a time of 1:40.89. Missouri’s Carter Griffin touched third.

Florida’s Natalie Hinds touched first in the women’s 100-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 47.44. Tennessee’s Kira Toussaint and Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga were second and third, respectively.

Caeleb Dressel continued to dominate in the men’s event, winning all heats with the fastest time in the nation this season. He touched in 41.71. Auburn’s Peter Holoda was second and Missouri’s Michael Chadwick touched third.

In the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, Alabama’s Bridget Blood led the way with a time of 2:08.25. She was followed by Georgia’s Annie Zhu and Sydney Pickrem of Texas A&M.

Alabama’s Anton McKee was first in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke preliminary. He touched in 1:54.09. He was followed by Texas A&M’s Mauro Castillo Luna and Missouri’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl. 

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Author: Peter Baugh

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Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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