Florida captures 35th SEC conference title behind 1,440 points in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida captured the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships title on Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 1,430 fans at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens.
Florida won its 35th all-time SEC title and second consecutive, scoring 1,440 total team points. Auburn was second with 1280.5 points and Georgia was third with 1095. Alabama placed fourth with 798 points, while Missouri was fifth with 742.5.
Florida’s Sebastien Rousseau scored 96 points and earned the SEC Men’s Commissioner’s Trophy.
Arthur Frayler broke Florida’s oldest school record en route to winning the 1,650 freestyle in a nation-leading time of 14:38.06. The title was Florida’s first in the event since 2003, when Ryan Lochte took home the event. Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo was second in 14:43.15, while Georgia’s Andrew Gemmell was third in 14:45.77.
Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini won his third consecutive SEC 100 freestyle title in 41.90. He became the first three-time winner in that event since Auburn’s Cesar Cielo won three in a row from 2006-08. Tennessee’s Luke Percy was second in 42.22, while Auburn’s Kyle Darmody was third in 42.40.
Tennessee’s Sean Lehane won his school’s first SEC 200 backstroke title since 1993, doing so in a time of 1:39.64. Florida’s Corey Main was second in 1:40.99, while Georgia’s Ty Stewart was third in 1:41.81.
Alabama’s Anton McKee became the first Alabama athlete since 2006 to win the SEC 200 breaststroke title, doing so in an SEC-record time of 1:51.59. He broke the previous SEC record of 1:52.07, set by Georgia’s Neil Versfeld in 2009. Georgia’s Nic Fink was second in 1:51.95, while Florida’s Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez was third in 1:52.77.