TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Day one of the 2008 SEC Championships came to a close with some impressive marks in the Alabama Aquatic Center Wednesday. The Auburn men took the day one lead with 126 points, out-distancing Tennessee’s first day score of 86. On the women’s side, Florida took the early honors with 89 points, followed by Tennessee and LSU at 79 points.
“We obviously got off to a real good start in the 200 medley relay and the diving, they just did an outstanding job,” Auburn men’s head coach Richard Quick said. “Honestly, the third place in the 800 free relay is the best we can do and if we can do the best we can do and maximize our opportunities, then you feel good about it.”
The Auburn me were able to grab a top three finish in all three events on the first day. The Tigers captured the 200 yard medley relay title and backed that up with two finishers in the top four in the 3-meter diving competition. Auburn then placed third in the 800 freestyle relay.
The Florida women bounced back after not scoring in the 1-meter diving final to take the top spot in impressive fashion in the 200 yard medley relay. The Gators then placed third in the 800 yard freestyle relay.
“We are real pleased with all the women’s performances, obviously the 200 (medley) relay was great,” Florida head women’s coach Gregg Troy said. “The 800 free, we were out-swum, but we were happy with the result, we had lifetime bests all across the board.”
“On the men’s side, both relays were good, they will get them to the NCAA meet, but we didn’t think we swam our fastest and we’re obviously looking to get better.”
Rachael Ware of LSU was the first champion of the meet. Ware finished with a total score of 315:55 in the 1-meter diving championship. Ware was the top seed coming into the final event.
The Tennessee men's team captured the 800 meter freestyle relay with a time of 6:19.18. That time broke the Alabama Aquatic Center record set by Florida in 1990 with a time of 6:24.84. Florida placed second with a time of 6:22.84.
The Auburn women reclaimed its 800 yard freestyle relay title with the fastest time in NCAA history, clocking in at 6:57.28. Georgia finished second with a time of 7:03.47. Christine Magnuson of Tennessee opened up the relay with a new SEC record of 1:43.00.
Alabama sophomore Aaron Fleshner won the first individual title for the Crimson Tide with a total diving score of 429.40. The last time Alabama claimed the 3-meter diving title was in 1997.
The University of Florida women's 200 medley relay team shattered the SEC meet record and took top honors with a time of 137:23. The five-year-old record stood at 137.69 set by Auburn. The top three times in that race are now the top three marks in the nation.
Auburn won the 200 yard men's medley relay. The Tigers turned in a time of 1:24.81. Auburn won the event by over a second as Tennessee placed second with a time of 1:26.07. Auburn and Tennessee eclipsed the NCAA automatic marks in the men’s 200 medley relay with times of 1:24.81 and 1:26.07, respectively. All but two teams turned in provisional times.
Day two of the 2008 SEC Championships will resume at 10:00 a.m. The women’s 500 freestyle will kick things off on Thursday.
Day One Team Scores
South Carolina 65
South Carolina 50