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SEC Swimming & Diving Championships Day Three Notes

Feb. 21, 2009

SEC Records

  • Women's 400 IM - Ava Ohlgren, Auburn - 4:03.70 Old record: 4:05.78, Ava Ohlgren, Auburn, 2008
  • Men's 100 Butterfly - Matt Targett, Auburn - 45.02 Old record: 45.60, Alexei Puninski, Auburn, 2008
  • Women's 100 Breaststroke - Jamie Saffer, Tennessee - 59.79 (prelims) Old record: 59.88, Kristy Kowal, Georgia, 2000
  • Women's 100 Backstroke - Gemma Spofforth, Florida - 50.46 (400 medley relay) Old record: 51.57, Gemma Spofforth, Florida, 2008
  • Men's 400 Medley Relay - Auburn - 3:04.58 Old record: 3:07.87, Florida, 2005
  • Women's 400 Medley Relay - Auburn - 3:31.28 Old record: 3:33.40, Auburn, 2008

    Pool Records

  • Men's 400 IM - Bradley Ally, Florida - 3:41.35 Old record: 3:42.36, Greg Burgess, Florida, 1994
  • Women's 400 IM - Ava Ohlgren, Auburn - 4:03.70 Old record: 4:05.82, Maggie Bowen, Auburn, 2003
  • Men's 100 Butterfly - Matt Targett, Auburn - 45.02 Old record: 45.59, Lars Frolander, SMU, 1998
  • Men's 200 Freestyle - Shaune Fraser, Florida - 1:33.73 Old record: 1:34.19, Ryk Neethling, Arizona, 1998
  • Men's 100 Breaststroke - Neil Versfeld, Georgia - 52.23 Old record: 52.68, Pat Clahoun, Auburn, 1998
  • Men's 100 Backstroke - Pascal Wollach, Auburn - 46.04 Old record: 46.37, Michael Gilliam, Tennessee, 2000
  • Women's 100 Backstroke - Gemma Spofforth, Florida - 50.53 (prelims) Old record: 50.92, Natalie Coughlin, Cal, 2003
  • Men's 400 Medley Relay - Auburn - 3:04.58 Old record: 3:07.73, Stanford, 1998
  • Women's 400 Medley Relay - Auburn - 3:31.28 Old record: 3:31.28, Auburn, 2003

    Repeat Winners

  • Bradley Alley's victory in the 400 IM gave Florida the winner in that event three years in a row.
  • Ava Ohlgren won the women's 400 IM for the second year in a row, and it marked the 10th straight year that an Auburn woman won that event.
  • Matt Targett's win in the men's 100 butterfly gave Auburn the winner in that event for the third year in a row.
  • Shaune Fraser of Florida won the men's 200 freestyle for the third straight year.
  • Caitlin Geary's victory in the women's 200 freestyle marked the second straight year that an Auburn swimmer won that event.
  • Gemma Spofforth of Florida won the women's 100 backstroke for the second straight year.
  • Auburn won the men's 400 medley relay for the fourth year in a row.
  • Auburn won the women's 400 medley relay for the third year in a row.

    Top Times

  • Matt Targett of Auburn posted the fastest time in the NCAA this year in the 100 butterfly.
  • Caitlin Geary's of Auburn and Allison Schmitt of Georgia posted the two fastest times in the NCAA in the women's 200 freestyle this year.
  • Gemma Spofforth of Florida recorded the fastest time in the NCAA this year in the women's 100 backstroke.
  • Auburn posted the top time in the men's 400 medley relay in the NCAA this year.
  • Auburn and Florida posted the two fastest women's 400 medley relay times in the NCAA this year.

    Winners By School (Through Three Days)

    Alabama (3)
    Aaron Fleshner, Men's 1-Meter Diving; Carrie Dragland, Women's 3-Meter Diving; Elizabeth Hughes, Women's Platform Diving

    Auburn (13)
    Ava Ohlgren, Women's 200 IM, Women's 400 IM; Matt Targett, Men's 50 Freestyle, Men's 100 Butterfly; Daniel Mazzaferro, Men's 3-Meter Diving; Caitlin Geary, Women's 200 Freestyle; Paschal Wollach, Men's 100 Backstroke; Men's 200 Freestyle Relay; Men's 800 Freestyle Relay; Men's 200 Medley Relay; Men's 400 Medley Relay; Women's 800 Freestyle Relay; Women's 400 Medley Relay

    Florida (7)
    Bradley Ally, Men's 200 IM, Men's 400 IM; Jemma Lowe, Women's 100 Butterfly; Shaune Fraser, Men's 200 Freestyle; Gemma Spofforth, 100 Backstroke; Women's 200 Freestyle Relay; Women's 200 Medley Relay;

    Georgia (4)
    Troyden Prinsloo, Men's 500 Freestyle; Allison Schmitt, Women's 500 Freestyle; Anne-Marie Botek, Women's 50 Freestyle; Neil Versfeld, Men's 100 Breaststroke

    South Carolina (1)
    Taryn Zack, Women's 1-Meter Diving

    Tennessee (2)
    Michelle King, Women's 50 Freestyle; Jamie Saffer, Women's 100 Breaststroke

    Multiple Individual Winners (Through Three Days) Bradley Alley, Florida (2) - Men's 200 IM, Men's 400 IM Ava Ohlgren, Auburn (2) - Women's 200 IM, Women's 400 IM Matt Targett, Auburn (2) - Men's 500 Freestyle, Men's 100 Butterfly

    Team Notes

    The 400 MR relay team of Rachel Goh, Micah Lawrence, Ava Ohlgren and Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:31.28 - a new SEC record ... The men's 400 MR team hit a new SEC record of their own - a 3:04.58. The team of Pascal Wollach, Adam Klein, Logan Madson and Matt Targettt beat Georgia relay by nearly five seconds ... Ohlgren's time of 4:03.70 is the second fastest 400 IM of all time. The two-time NCAA Champion has now accumulated a total of five individual SEC titles ... Olympian Matt Targett set the new SEC 100 fly record, swimming a 45.02 to undercut former Tiger Alexei Puninski's previous record of 45.60. Targett's time was the fifth fastest all-time ... Pascal Wollach set the new James E. Martin Aquatics Center record of 46.04 on way to an SEC title in the men's 100 back. Auburn has seen recent success in the 100 back after winning the title the four of the past five years. David Marsh won Auburn's first title in the event in 1980 ... Five Auburn swimmers hit NCAA

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  • cuts in the women's 100 back ... Logan Anderson (45.70) and Tyler McGill (46.00) placed second and third in the 100 fly, posting the third and fourth fastest times in the nation this year.

    Ally's 400 IM title was the fifth individual SEC title of his career and was his second 400 IM title after capturing the crown in 2007 (200 IM & 400 IM: 2009, 200 IM: 2008, 400 IM & 200 breast: 2007)...Gemma Spofforth won her second-consecutive consecutive 100-yard back SEC title, her third career SEC title after winning the 100 & 200-yard back events in 2008 at both the SEC and NCAA championships...Spofforth set the SEC record in the 100-yard back in prelims (50.53) and then re-set her own record on the first leg of Florida's 400-yard medley relay with a time of 50.46...Shaune Fraser won his third-consecutive 200-yard freestyle title, his fifth career-title (200 free: 2009, 200 free: 2008, 200 free, 200 fly, 800 FR: 2007)...Florida has won seven SEC titles so far in the 2009 championship meet and set 13 NCAA automatic qualifying marks...Jemma Lowe won the first SEC title of her career in the 100-yard butterfly in UF record time (51.62), setting the record in prelims and improving it in finals...Through day three of the 2009 SEC meet, the Gators have set 11 UF records (W200 MR, M200 FR, Women's 3M diving, W50 free, W200IM, W200 FR, W100 fly, M100 breast, W100 back, W400 IM, W400 MR), seven James E. Martin Aquatics Center pool records (W200 MR, M200 IM, W200 FR, M100 back, W100 back, M400 IM, M200 free) and three SEC records (W200 MR, W200 FR, W100 back)

    Neil Versfeld scored his first career win at the SEC Championships and Georgia's first victory in the 100 breaststroke at an NCAA meet since 1994 with a new school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 52.23 ... That mark was .22 faster than his morning swim of 52.45 and more than one second faster than the old school record of 53.42 set back in 1997 ... The Georgia 400 medley relay team of Chris Spooner, Versfeld, Mark Dylla and Craig Jennings set a new school record with a swim of 3:09.30 ... The women recorded an additional NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 400 medley relay ... The team of Kristen Shickora, Michelle McKeehan, Lisa Caprioglio and Morgan Scroggy recorded a time of 3:32.11.

    Tennessee Men
    Tennessee sophomore Michael Christy swam the third fastest 400 I.M. time (3:47.81) in UT history. Christy is set the school record in the event (3:45.51) at the Tennessee Invitational in November 2008 ... Vol All-America Michael DeRocco also swam the third best time in school history (46.69) in the 100 butterfly. Like Christy, DeRocco also set UT's record for the event at the Tennessee Invitational (46.56) ... Vols Geoff Sanders, Stephen Fortney, Anders Storvik and Chris Winchell all moved onto Tennessee's top 15 times list in the 200 freestyle. Sanders and Fortney had their season best performance ... Tennessee co-captain Barry Murphy swam his career best 100 breaststroke (52.86). Sophomore Mattias Kahlin also had his career performance on day three (53.72)

    Tennessee Women
    Junior Jamie Saffer dipped below the one-minute barrier for the third time this season - and second time of the day - in winning the 100y breast in 59.84 ... During the prelims, the Roswell, Ga., native broke the SEC Championship record with a swim of 59.79 ... Saffer becomes the 21st individual swimming SEC champion in Lady Vol history and the second UT swimmer to capture the 100y breast title ... Tracy Ignatosky was the first Lady Vol to win the event in 1988 ... Saffer is now one of three Lady Vols that currently hold SEC Championship records, joining Christine Magnuson, who set the 100y fly record of 51.00 in 2008, and Stephanie Brinser, who set the 200m breast record of 2:39.00 in 1992 ... Freshman Jenny Connolly briefly held the SEC Championship record in the 100y back after swimming a 51.66 in her prelim heat before Florida's Gemma Spofforth grabbed her record back with her swim of 50.53 in the final heat ... Connolly improved her own UT record in the 100y back with a swim of 51.34. She edged 2007 NCAA 100y back champion Rachel Goh, of Auburn, for runner-up in the event ... The 400y medley relay team of Saffer, Connolly, junior Michele King and Carly Mathes shattered the UT record with a time of 3:34.90 - breaking the two-year old record of 1:38.11.



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