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The SEC’s Prime 50 Freestyler Will not Swim That Race at SEC Championships (PSYCHS)

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SEC – Girls Swimming & Diving + Males’s Diving

  • Wednesday, February 17 – Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • W Swimming: Gabrielsen Natatorium – Athens, GA (Japanese Time Zone)
  • W&M Diving: Mizzou Aquatics Middle – Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Tennessee (1x) (results)
  • Stay outcomes
  • Stay Video – SEC Community
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets

SEC – Males

  • Tuesday, February 23 – Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Mizzou Aquatics Middle – Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Florida (8x) (results)
  • Stay outcomes
  • Stay Video – SEC Community
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets

Be aware: There are no less than 33 ladies and 42 males who’re entered over the 22-person squad restrict. These cuts have to be made pre-meet. That, plus over-entered people, ends in 249 further particular person entries for girls and 240 further particular person occasions for males on the above-linked psych sheets.

Preliminary, pre-cut psych sheets for the 2021 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships have been assembled.

As is custom within the SEC, one of many nation’s quickest swimming conferences, the psych sheets have staff with extra swimmers than allowed underneath SEC guidelines and athletes entered in additional occasions than allowed underneath SEC guidelines, with coaches not having to make remaining selections about occasions till the scratch deadlines for every day of competitors have go.

Which means for a number of the convention’s most versatile swimmers like Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (6 entries), Missouri’s Sarah Thompson (Eight entries), and Florida’s Kieran Smith (a whopping 9 entries that may make even Gregg Troy jealous), we don’t get many clues as to what they could be swimming at their convention championship meet.

Amongst these 9 occasions for Smith, who swam the fastest-ever 500 yard free at this meet final season, is seeded in two occasions, the 100 fly and 200 again, the place he doesn’t have an official NCAA time this season – a rarity for swimmers of his caliber at a convention championship meet. Final season, he swam the 500 free, 400 IM, and 100 free, ending 1st, 1st, and third in these occasions, respectively.

However there are a number of worthwhile hints to be parsed out among the many highest seeds. For instance, Casas received’t swim the 50 free, the place a 19.15 ranks him #1 within the convention this season, or the 500 free, the place a 4:19.97 ranks him 12th. His absence from the 50 free leaves Alabama’s Matt King as the highest seed.

Casas is left with the choices to race three occasions amongst: 200 IM (#1 seed), 400 IM (#1 seed), 100 fly (#2 seed), 100 again (#1 seed), 200 again (#1 seed), and 200 fly (#1 seed). With Georgia’s Luca Urlando and Camden Murphy lurking within the butterfly races, and the aforementioned Smith within the 400 IM, plainly Casas’ most secure path to a most 96-point particular person efficiency comes by way of the 100 again, 200 again, and 200 IM – all occasions the place he’s the present favourite for NCAA titles. That’s the occasion lineup that Casas has held in every of his three seasons on the SEC Championships, although he hasn’t essentially adopted that path to NCAAs every season.

Additional, his expanded versatility this season can have him extra assured than ever headed to the SEC Championship meet, and generally confidence can result in riskier selections. Within the battle for an SEC title, a Casas win within the 400 IM would damage the 8-time defending champions from Florida far more than a Casas win within the 200 backstroke would, for instance.

In the same vein, Missouri’s Danny Kovac received’t swim the 50 free, the place his 19.69 ranks him 11th within the convention this season, with entries remaining within the 200 IM (#Four seed), 100 fly (#three seed), 100 free (#6 seed), and 200 fly (#6 seed).

Final season he swam the 200 IM, 100 fly (the place he was the SEC Champion), and 100 breaststroke, the place he positioned 10th. With out that 100 breaststroke on his schedule, and with the Georgia duo swimming very properly this season, he’s acquired some selections to make.

Probably the most illuminating lineup on the ladies’s aspect of the pool comes from Alabama’s star junior Rhyan White. She’ll enter the 100 fly/100 again double on day three of the meet, plus the 200 backstroke on the ultimate day of the meet. The selection is no surprise, as she’s the highest seed in every of these occasions, however there was some small suspense as she’s additionally Fifth-best within the convention within the 200 fly this season.

White arrived at Alabama as an excellent backstroker, however her butterfly has improved in every season in Tuscaloosa.

Different key data gleaned from the entries:

  • Chloe Stepanek, the highest freestyler for a Texas A&M staff that could be very weak behind her within the freestyles, will swim the 50 free (#6 seed – 22.26), the 200 free (#2 seed – 1:44.40), and 100 free (#1 seed – 47.84). The Aggies don’t have one other swimmer seeded to attain in any of these occasions, so her presence there may be essential. Her different cheap selections had been within the 500 free (#10 seed) and the 200 again (#Eight seed – 1:55.97).
  • Trude Rothrock, a junior from the defending SEC Girls’s Champions from Tennessee, has narrowed her selections to the 100 free 200 IM (#Eight seed – 1:57.30), 50 free (#33 seed – 23.01), 100 fly (#2 seed – 51.77), and 100 free (#6 seed – 48.54). The 100 fly, the place she tied for 4th at SECs final season, is a given, and based mostly on the meet schedule the 100 free, the place she was 14th at SECs final season, additionally appears probably. However Rothrock has opted out of the 200 free, the place she ranks ninth within the convention this season, in favor of the day 2 selection between the 200 IM and 50 free. Final 12 months, she dropped large time and positioned 11th at SECs within the 200 IM. It could take a lifetime greatest by a few second for her to position that prime within the 50 free, however the shorter race may put much less pressure on her 100 fly, the place she’s chasing a possible convention title later within the meet.
  • Kentucky junior Izzy Gati will skip the 200 free, the place she’s 11th-best within the convention this season (and would have been a top-10 seed), and has as an alternative locked in her lineup because the 200 IM (#10 seed), 100 fly (#6 seed), and 200 fly (#Four seed). Selecting the 200 IM over the 200 free avoids the day three double.

The SEC has reverted to a extra conventional 4-day convention championship format this 12 months, forcing coaches to make more durable selections than they did through the prior 5-day format.

The meet has additionally been break up into separate males’s swimming, ladies’s swimming, and co-ed diving meets. Spectators is not going to be allowed on the occasion, giving groups the chance to distance all through the amenities, together with within the grandstands.

2021 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

  • Males’s and Girls’s Diving on February 17-20 on the Mizzou Aquatic Middle in Columbia, Mo.
  • Girls’s Swimming on February 17-20 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
  • Males’s Swimming on February 23-26 on the Mizzou Aquatic Middle in Columbia, Mo.