Kieran Smith Rattles American Record in 200 Free But Texas A&M Ends Florida’s 800 Free Relay SEC Winning Streak (RACE VIDEO)

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Kieran Smith Rattles American Record in 200 Free But Texas A&M Ends Florida’s 800 Free Relay SEC Winning Streak

2021 SEC Men’s Swimming Championships

Day One Finals, Columbia, Missouri

Texas A&M returned the favor in the 800 free relay with a 6:11.63 to win its first relay title of the weekend, out-dueling Florida as the Gators finished in 6:12.24 for second place. This is the first time since 2012 that Florida did not win the 800 free relay at the SEC men’s swimming championships as Texas A&M’s team of Shaine Casas (1:31.28), Mark Theall (1:32.52), Coco Bratanov (1:33.30) and Clayton Bobo (1:34.53) put up the second fastest time in the nation this year. This is also Texas A&M’s second ever SEC relay title in its school history on the men’s side.

Florida was led by Kieran Smith who swam a 1:29.48 in leading off the Gators, which is the second fastest time all-time in the 200 freestyle behind only Dean Farris’ swim from 2019 NCAAs at 1:29.15. This was Smith’s first time under 1:30 as he is the fourth swimmer to join the sub-1:30 club in the 200 free with Farris, Blake Pieroni and Townley Haas.

Smith and Casas were dueling across the pool as the Aggies and Gators were stroke for stroke the entirety of the race. Florida had Trey Freeman (1:32.41), Clark Beach (1:34.46) and Miguel Cancel (1:35.89) put up the third fastest time in the nation this year as Georgia finished in third at 6:14.00 with the team of Luca Urlando (1:34.56), Zach Hils (1:33.05), Bradley Dunham (1:33.84) and Jake Magahey (1:32.55).

The four fastest splits outside the top three came from Missouri’s Jack Dahlgren (1:33.37), Auburn’s Mikkel Gadgaard (1:33.53) and Christian Sztolcman (1:33.89) and Tennessee’s Seth Bailey (1:33.85).

All-Time Rankings Men’s 200 Free (SCY)

  1. 1:29.15, Dean Farris, Harvard, 2019
  2. 1:29.48, Kieran Smith, Florida, 2021
  3. 1:29.50, Townley Haas, Texas, 2018
  4. 1:29.63, Blake Pieroni, Indiana, 2018
  5. 1:30.14, Andrew Seliskar, California, 2019

Team Standings (including last week’s diving)

  1. Kentucky, 338
  2. Tennessee, 287
  3. Missouri, 232
  4. Texas A&M, 221
  5. Florida, 207
  6. Auburn, 202
  7. LSU, 176
  8. Alabama, 156
  9. Georgia, 152
  10. South Carolina, 90

 Event 2  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         NCAA: N 6:05.08  3/27/2019 Texas
                          D. Kilber, A. Katz, J. Newkirk, T. Haas
     SEC Meet: S 6:09.91  2/18/2020 Florida
                          K. Smith, G.Quinn, K. Baqlah, C. Beach
         Pool: P 6:13.64  2/17/2016 Florida
                          P. Werner, M. Szaranek, M, D'Arrigo, J. Switkowski
                 6:17.18  A
                 6:21.85  B
    School                           Seed     Finals              
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  1 Texas A&M-GU  'A'             6:20.50    6:11.63PA      
     1) Casas, Shaine M JR            2) r:-0.01 Theall, Mark SR      
     3) r:0.20 Bratanov, Kaloyan JR   4) r:0.31 Bobo, Clayton JR      
    r:+0.62  20.61        43.34 (43.34)
      1:06.94 (1:06.94)   1:31.28 (1:31.28)
        1:51.56 (20.28)     2:14.73 (43.45)
      2:38.69 (1:07.41)   3:03.80 (1:32.52)
        3:25.13 (21.33)     3:48.78 (44.98)
      4:12.91 (1:09.11)   4:37.10 (1:33.30)
        4:58.98 (21.88)     5:22.84 (45.74)
      5:47.02 (1:09.92)   6:11.63 (1:34.53)
  2 Florida-FL  'A'               6:21.52    6:12.24PA      
     1) Smith, Kieran S JR            2) r:0.55 Freeman, Trey SO      
     3) r:0.23 Beach, Clark SR        4) r:0.26 Cancel, Miguel JR     
    r:+0.66  20.68        43.29 (43.29)
      1:06.38 (1:06.38)   1:29.48 (1:29.48)
        1:50.70 (21.22)     2:13.88 (44.40)
      2:37.72 (1:08.24)   3:01.89 (1:32.41)
        3:23.34 (21.45)     3:47.43 (45.54)
      4:11.47 (1:09.58)   4:36.35 (1:34.46)
        4:58.39 (22.04)     5:22.98 (46.63)
      5:47.50 (1:11.15)   6:12.24 (1:35.89)
  3 Georgia-GA  'A'               6:16.42    6:14.00 A      
     1) Urlando, Luca R FR            2) r:0.30 Hils, Zach SO         
     3) r:0.31 Dunham, Bradley SO     4) r:0.47 Magahey, Jake FR      
    r:+0.68  21.44        44.51 (44.51)
      1:08.63 (1:08.63)   1:34.56 (1:34.56)
        1:55.39 (20.83)     2:18.75 (44.19)
      2:42.79 (1:08.23)   3:07.61 (1:33.05)
        3:29.02 (21.41)     3:52.46 (44.85)
      4:16.86 (1:09.25)   4:41.45 (1:33.84)
        5:02.88 (21.43)     5:26.55 (45.10)
      5:50.34 (1:08.89)   6:14.00 (1:32.55)
  4 Missouri-MV  'A'              6:26.48    6:17.02 A      
     1) Rindshoej, Freddie FR         2) r:0.25 Dahlgren, Jack JR     
     3) r:0.37 Dubois, Jack JR        4) r:0.32 Reed, Grant SR        
    r:+0.68  21.89        45.45 (45.45)
      1:09.29 (1:09.29)   1:34.32 (1:34.32)
        1:55.89 (21.57)     2:19.60 (45.28)
      2:43.33 (1:09.01)   3:07.69 (1:33.37)
        3:29.92 (22.23)     3:54.12 (46.43)
      4:18.08 (1:10.39)   4:42.06 (1:34.37)
        5:03.26 (21.20)     5:26.89 (44.83)
      5:51.53 (1:09.47)   6:17.02 (1:34.96)
  5 Auburn-SE  'A'                6:26.96    6:18.67 B      
     1) Sztolcman, Christian M JR     2) r:0.34 Gadgaard, Mikkel FR   
     3) r:0.21 Smith, Lleyton SO      4) r:0.41 Bonson, Michael FR    
    r:+0.64  20.94        44.45 (44.45)
      1:08.93 (1:08.93)   1:33.89 (1:33.89)
        1:55.05 (21.16)     2:18.45 (44.56)
      2:42.70 (1:08.81)   3:07.42 (1:33.53)
        3:29.26 (21.84)     3:53.61 (46.19)
      4:18.52 (1:11.10)   4:43.36 (1:35.94)
        5:04.82 (21.46)     5:28.83 (45.47)
      5:53.67 (1:10.31)   6:18.67 (1:35.31)
  6 Kentucky-KY  'A'              6:27.98    6:19.53 B      
     1) Wilby, Mason J JR             2) r:0.26 Berg, Max FR          
     3) r:0.33 Clark, Jakob SO        4) r:0.42 Siefert, Hank SR      
    r:+0.64  21.88        45.69 (45.69)
      1:09.77 (1:09.77)   1:34.04 (1:34.04)
        1:55.09 (21.05)     2:19.37 (45.33)
      2:44.07 (1:10.03)   3:09.19 (1:35.15)
        3:30.78 (21.59)     3:54.59 (45.40)
      4:19.10 (1:09.91)   4:44.06 (1:34.87)
        5:06.06 (22.00)     5:29.90 (45.84)
      5:54.68 (1:10.62)   6:19.53 (1:35.47)
  7 Tennessee-SE  'A'             6:25.93    6:19.61 B      
     1) Bailey, Seth S JR             2) r:0.34 Jackson, Will FR      
     3) r:0.29 Ponce de Leon, fael FR 4) r:0.30 Briggs, Nolan JR      
    r:+0.59  21.76        45.26 (45.26)
      1:09.32 (1:09.32)   1:33.85 (1:33.85)
        1:54.91 (21.06)     2:18.74 (44.89)
      2:43.21 (1:09.36)   3:08.10 (1:34.25)
        3:29.74 (21.64)     3:53.99 (45.89)
      4:18.80 (1:10.70)   4:44.04 (1:35.94)
        5:05.84 (21.80)     5:29.73 (45.69)
      5:54.61 (1:10.57)   6:19.61 (1:35.57)
  8 Alabama-SE  'A'               6:25.50    6:23.29        
     1) Auerbach, Cam R SO            2) r:0.26 Bell, Liam SO         
     3) r:0.36 Menke, Matthew SO      4) r:-0.01 Perera, Nicholas JR  
    r:+0.69  21.91        45.72 (45.72)
      1:10.58 (1:10.58)   1:36.17 (1:36.17)
        1:56.81 (20.64)     2:20.80 (44.63)
      2:45.93 (1:09.76)   3:11.87 (1:35.70)
        3:33.23 (21.36)     3:57.35 (45.48)
      4:22.12 (1:10.25)   4:46.66 (1:34.79)
        5:09.26 (22.60)     5:34.08 (47.42)
      5:58.80 (1:12.14)   6:23.29 (1:36.63)
  9 South Carolina-SC  'A'        6:33.71    6:26.35        
     1) Novoszath, Tamas JR           2) r:0.35 Davila, Rafael JR     
     3) r:0.39 Allison, Chase FR      4) r:0.12 Costin, Phil SO       
    r:+0.62  21.91        46.05 (46.05)
      1:10.43 (1:10.43)   1:35.35 (1:35.35)
        1:57.18 (21.83)     2:21.42 (46.07)
      2:46.49 (1:11.14)   3:11.64 (1:36.29)
        3:26.89 (15.25)     3:58.42 (46.78)
      4:23.82 (1:12.18)   4:49.16 (1:37.52)
        5:04.60 (15.44)     5:35.48 (46.32)
      6:00.83 (1:11.67)   6:26.35 (1:37.19)
 10 LSU-LA  'A'                   6:41.84    6:29.05        
     1) Hassling, Emil FR             2) r:0.18 Adrian, Spencer       
     3) r:0.08 Boylan, David SO       4) r:0.29 McGroarty, Brian SR   
    r:+0.65  21.29        45.24 (45.24)
      1:10.46 (1:10.46)   1:36.69 (1:36.69)
        1:58.78 (22.09)     2:23.54 (46.85)
      2:48.99 (1:12.30)   3:14.74 (1:38.05)
        3:36.48 (21.74)     4:00.58 (45.84)
      4:25.51 (1:10.77)   4:51.19 (1:36.45)
        5:13.84 (22.65)     5:38.41 (47.22)
      6:03.71 (1:12.52)   6:29.05 (1:37.86)

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