SEC Weekly Preview: Florida, Georgia Renew Rivalry

Georgia's Javier Acevedo leads the Bulldogs against Florida this week. Photo Courtesy: Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics

The SEC continues its swimming & diving season with a full slate of meets this week.

There are several strong matchups within the SEC as well as some inter-conference battles between SEC powers and other top teams around the country.

The biggest meet of the week is one of the best rivalries in the country in any sport.

On Friday, Georgia hosts Florida for an all-SEC power showdown.

The Florida men are ranked No. 4, while the Georgia men are No. 10. The Georgia women are ranked No. 6, while the Florida women are No. 17.

The rivalry will be without Caeleb Dressel and Jan Switkowski for the first time, but the Gators have Maxime Rooney and Khader Baqlah and a good amount of depth.

The Florida women have a Sherridon Dressel and Savanna Faulconer and a freshman Mabel Zavaros, who is performing well already this season.

Georgia is without the Litherland brothers and Gunnar Bentz. The Bulldogrs are led by Javier Acevedo, Youssef Said, and, on the women’s side, Courtney Harnish and Veronica Burchill.

It should make for another exciting rivalry meet.

Also on Friday, Tennessee hosts Alabama in another conference battle. The Volunteers will be coming off of another big meet on Thursday when they host Louisville.

The Tennessee men are ranked No. 12, while Louisville is No. 15 and Alabama is No. 17.

For the women, Tennessee is No. 10, while Louisville is No. 14 and Alabama is No. 25.

On Tuesday, LSU swims at Kentucky. The Kentucky women are ranked No. 12.

Other Friday meets include Vanderbilt and Arkansas and South Carolina at North Carolina.

There are a couple of two-day meets as well. Auburn will swim at Virginia on Friday and Saturday, while LSU and Loyola head to Tulane for a two-day meet on the Friday and 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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