Dwyer back to breaking records
Notes: Bartlett, Seryy making waves in conference meets
Halfway through the swimming portion of the 2011 SEC Championships, Florida senior Conor Dwyer is quickly becoming the story of the meet.
On opening night, Dwyer was part of the winning Gator 800 freestyle relay team that set a SEC record in 6:13.74, making the NCAA “A” cut. In addition to the record relay time, Dwyer’s 200 freestyle split of 1:31.73 broke the SEC record for the individual event. The pool record and NCAA automatic-qualifying time was the second-fastest in school history and the fastest time nationally this season by nearly two seconds. Dwyer was also part of Florida’s winning 200 medley relay team (1:24.94), capturing UF’s first title in that event since 2005. The time is an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark and broke the pool record.
Dwyer’s record-setting weekend continued on Thursday evening as he broke the pool, school and Southeastern Conference record in the 500 freestyle (4:11.36). The time was faster than his previous personal-best time that won the 2010 NCAA title, and it is currently the fastest in the nation.
The SEC Swimming Championships continue through Saturday evening at Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center Natatorium. After the first two days of competition, Auburn leads the team race with 378 points, followed by Florida (308), Tennessee (263.5), Georgia (202), Alabama (129), Kentucky (125), LSU (116.5) and South Carolina (94).
Need to Know
• Denison’s Quinn Bartlett set a school and conference record in the 200 backstroke at the NCAC Championships, touching the wall in 1:47.85, an NCAA “A” cut time. He also swam the 100 backstroke (50.96) and the 200 IM (1:53.88).
• Andrey Seryy of Wayne State (Mich.) won three individual events and contributed to multiple relay victories at last week’s GLIAC Championships. He won the 50 freestyle (19.61), 100 freestyle (44.35) and 200 free (1:39.01) while also participating on the winning 400 free relay (3:02.11).
• Adam Maczewski of Pittsburgh won one individual event and swam on two winning relay teams as the Panthers beat Carnegie Mellon, Clarion and Grove City last weekend. He finished first in the 100 backstroke (47.99) and swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay (1:32.06, 23.30 back split). He also swam the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.21, 21.35 split). He earned Counsilman Hunsaker Division I Swimmer of the Week for his efforts.
• This is the busiest weekend of the season for men’s swimming and diving with 27 conference championship meets taking place across the country in all three divisions.
• St. Olaf leads the MIAC Men’s Championship after the first day of competition at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
• Host school Grove City leads the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships after the opening day of competition.