SEC Weekly Preview: Florida Hosts Texas, Indiana in Triple Showdown

Caeleb Dressel Photo Courtesy: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

By Dan D’Addona.

Three of the top teams in the country, from three different conferences, will square off for an elite tri meet this week in the swamp.

On Friday and Saturday, Florida will host Texas and Indiana.

For the men, Texas is ranked No. 2, Florida is No. 4 and Indiana is No. 6.

For the women, Texas is No. 3 with Indiana No. 10 and Florida No. 18.

The men’s meet will showcase some of the biggest powerhouse swimmers in the nation.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel looks to continue his dominance in the sprints and might get a rematch with Joseph Schooling in the 100 butterfly. This will be a good gauge to see where teams are at early in the season, especially with everything each team has lost. Indiana’s relays are stacked again, led by Blake Pieroni. The Longhorns lost a ton of seniors from their national championship team and Florida is looking to become that true NCAA contender.

That is plenty to watch and that is just the men’s meet.

In the women’s meet, Indiana has Lilly King, Texas is led by Claire Adams and Remedy Rule and Florida is packed with depth. It should be a heck of a weekend.

Here are the other SEC meets this week:

Texas A&M at Auburn

On Saturday, Texas A&M faces Auburn in an SEC showdown. In the women’s meet, Texas A&M is ranked No. 5, while Auburn is No. 15. For the men, Auburn is ranked No. 10 and A&M is No. 15. Auburn has very strong relays, while Texas A&M is led by elite performers like Bethany Galat.

Georgia at Wisconsin

This meet will be one of the premier non-conference meets of the early season. The Georgia men are still loaded with top-end talent, while Wisconsin is packed with depth.

The same is true for the women. Georgia might win more events, but that won’t necessarily decide the meet. Then again, the Wisconsin women have some underappreciated depth and could be a team to watch this season.

In other action. LSU competes at Pitt with Virginia and South Carolina, coming off a strong week, wills swim at Cincinnati. The LSU meet is a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, while South Carolina’s meet is Saturday.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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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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