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SEC – – Women’s Swimming &Diving + Male’s DivingWednesday, February 17 – – Saturday, February 20,2021 W Swimming: Gabrielson Natatorium – – Athens, GA( Eastern Zone).W&M Diving: Mizzou Aqutics Center – – Columbia, MO (Central Time Zone).Protecting Champion: Tennessee (1x) ( 2020 outcomes ). Live outcomes .Live Video – – SEC Network. Championship Central Psych Sheets

The University of Kentucky has actually won its first-ever SEC Championships title after 40 years of females’’ s swimming in the SEC Conference. Tonight, their success was by a margin of 149 points over the University of Georgia. The protecting champs, Tennessee, put 4th.

Head coach Lars Jorgenson was not present at the start of the satisfy on Wednesday since of a favorable COVID test recently, however he got here in time to see the group win the SEC Championship title on Saturday.

And that’s an indication of the season. In 2021, the groups that come out on the top are going to be the groups that best-managed the difficulties provided by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Florida went into the satisfy without star freestyler Leah Braswell , and on a last margin of 53 points, that might have sufficed to swing the last result of the fulfill.

But you do not get points for who does come, rather for those who appear. And Kentucky appeared in a huge method today in Athens.

.LAST SCORES.

1. Kentucky: 1124.2. Florida: 1071.3. Georgia: 999.4. Alabama: 973.5. Tennessee: 934.6. Texas A&M: 839.7. Missouri: 614.5.8. Arkansas: 595.9. Auburn: 510.10. LSU: 390.5.11. South Carolina: 276.12. Vanderbilt: 154

Kentucky after winning the 2021 SEC Championships, thanks to SEC

As the satisfy went on, the Wildcats were blowing wind into a turbine, developing what ended up being an unstoppable quantity of momentum. They developed a narrow lead of 2 points over Alabama on day 1. Thursday was their most difficult day as they ended the finals session in 5th location, although 2nd through 5th were separated by simply 22 points.

After day 3, Florida and Kentucky separated themselves from the remainder of the pack, in 3rd and very first respectively, with an 8 point distinction in between them. Leading Kentucky’s drive on day 3 was Lauren Poole and Gillian Davey in the 400IM, ending up 1-2, Izzy Gati positioning 3rd in the 100 fly, Riley Gaines winning the 200 totally free, Caitlin Brooks scoring 3rd location in the 100 back, and the Kentucky 400 assortment breaking the leading 3.

Saturday was no various for the Wildcats who ended up 2-3 in the 200 back ( Sophie Sorenson and Brooks) and 2nd in the 200 breast (Davey.) Entering into the relay, Kentucky had actually currently developed a 103 point lead over the University of Florida.

The Wildcats accomplished this triumph both with swimmers who got here on their school as stars, like Sorenson who ended up being the Iowa state record holder in the 100 backyard back (54.61 ), along with swimmers who they trained into ending up being stars. Last year Poole completed 13th in the 200 breast and 24th in the 400IM. Brooks completed 15th in the 100 fly in 2015 and now has actually leapt up to 9th with a brand-new life time best.

Another significant source of Kentucky’s lead was the truth that they had actually made the most areas in the finals session on Friday and Saturday with 17 and 18 swimmers in the finals heats up, respectively. Here is a breakdown of the number of points were scored by swimmers from each school in specific occasions:

.PRIVATE SCORES BY YEAR.

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

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The bulk of Kentucky’s points originated from their junior class, while their senior and freshman classes scored the least. This suggests that most of the leading point-scorers will be returning for the 2021-2022 season and can gather significant points for the group once again. Comparable to Kentucky was Alabama, whose senior class scored 30 out of their 657 overall points.

Got an actually huge group……

&&WE NEED SOME REALLY NICE RINGS. pic.twitter.com/1NzXNBq56u

—– Kentucky Swim &&Dive (@UKSwimDive) February 21, 2021

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