All-division preview: Conference championships underway
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Auburn men continue to hold the lead following the second day of the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place Wednesday in front of 1,289 fans at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The Auburn men are currently in first place with 574 total team points, while Florida is second with 451.5 and Georgia is third with 414.
Florida’s Dan Wallace won the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a school record and SEC meet-record time of 4:10.73. His time shattered the previous SEC meet record of 4:11.36, set by Florida’s Conor Dwyer in 2011. It was the first title for the Gators in the event since Dwyer won back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo was second in 4:12.73, while Georgia’s Matias Koski, the 2013 SEC champion in the event, was third in 4:14.96.
Florida’s Sebastien Rousseau captured the men’s 200-yard individual medley in 1:42.22, giving the Gators their eighth SEC title in the last 10 years in that event. For Rousseau, it was his first career SEC title. Teammate Marcin Cieslak was second in 1:42.34, while Georgia’s Chase Kalisz was third in 1:42.53.
Auburn’s John Santeiu captured the program’s first 1-meter diving SEC title since Kelly Marx did so in 2010. Santieu recorded a winning score of 395.25. Tennessee’s Mauricio Robles was second at 395.20, while Auburn’s Fraser McKean was third at 390.45.
Auburn won its 12th consecutive SEC men’s 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:15.98, using the quartet of Marcelo Chierighini, James Disney-May, TJ Leon and Kyle Darmody. Alabama was second in 1:16.26, while Florida was third in 1:16.88.
The Pac-12, Big Ten, and Big 12 championships will all get underway this week. ... In Division II action, the Royal Invitational will see competition from three of the nation's top teams, including No. 3 Queens (N.C.), No. 5 Wingate and No. 10 Bridgeport. ... Division III's Williams will begin at the NESCAC championship, while No. 6 MIT will head to the NEWMAC championship this weekend.